There was a great Twilight Zone episode....the original Twilight Zone, back in 1959 to be exact. The episode was called "Time Enough at Last" it was with Burgess Meridith. The story was that Henry Bemis was a book nerd.
His life was books, then there was a catastrophe and he was in the basement vault, and his life was saved.
He exits the building and sees devastation and it appears that he is the only survivor. (You know there were many stories like this, since everyone had to have fallout shelters etc, for the blast)
Anyway, he exits the library with scores of books, is excited that he has all the books, literature, art on and on.
He contentedly sorts the books he intends to read for the next several years. Just as he reaches to pick up the first book, he stumbles and his glasses fall off and shatter. (His glasses are extremely thick, indicating he would be virtually blind without them.)
That is my fear....I have noticed that as I get older, I need more light, and holding the book in bed makes my arm fall asleep.
It's not fair....
So, I just got myself a Kindle.
In one week, I have read 3 books already.
It is great. the contrast of the unit, allows me to read it in dim light as well as full sunlight outside. The unit will also change the type size from minuscule to about half a dozen words on the page.....( not there yet )
Anyway, this will download books direct from Amazon, you can also save them on your computer, move them from computer to the Kindle, etc.
It also has a word reader which will actually read the book for you. ( Don't need that yet ) the unit downloads the books even in Mexico, and tons of other countries.
I have had it for a week and have not needed to charge it yet. I looked at the Apple Ipad, but there were some issues with the files not being able to offload them etc, like Apple usually does with their "protection".
My wife was also using it, and since she also travels, I decided to get one for her also. Hers is the smaller sized one. We can access any and all the books that we purchase on either unit.
It will also surf the net, but kind of clumsy though, I didn't buy it for that application so I really don't care. You can subscribe to newspapers from around the world.
Try one , I have not been this excited about anything this practical for a long time.
I read that our blooger friend Leslie also has one and loves it! So I wasn't' the first nor will be the last. I have been purchasing books and stuff from Amazon for years. In the last 4 or 5 years I have only had one issue in getting the package to Patzcuaro, so it wasn't postal delivery that made my choice.
It is nice to get the book in a few minutes. I have since subscribed to Readers Digest and a few other monthly magazines.
With newspapers going by the wayside, this is the future of print media.
Can you tell that I am sold on the concept. It is less tiring on my eyes and the battery lasts all week without a charge.
Try one you'll like it!
And they work in Mexico and Honduras....