“If you have enough book space, I don’t want to talk to you.”
– Sir Terry Pratchett
Well, I guess Sir Terry wouldn’t want to talk to me then. *sigh*
… he’d be willing to accept my Kindle as book space (as I am filling it up quickly, and sooner or later I will run out of space.)
When we moved to Denmark, we cleared out our bookshelves. Boxful upon boxful was given away to friends and family. We only kept the books dearest to us and those that are really old or have nice leather back. Books are heavy, and to immigrate to another country with all that extra weight was not an option. We also didn’t know where we would be living in Denmark, so the necessity of packing as light as possible was important.
Once embraced in the ex-pat life, the problem of getting hold of Norwegian books makes its appearance. Not a big deal, I can read Danish books (the written language is very similar to Norwegian), and I can read English books (always accessible at any bookstore). But there is something about reading in your own language. And especially reading Norwegian authors in their original language. I dare say that most texts lose something in translation. And then you have the fact that I am Norwegian (and proud of it) – and why wouldn’t I want to read in my own language?
Sir Nerdalot gave me a Kindle for X-mas, and I was ecstatic! What is so great about that, you might ask. Well, a Kindle can hold all the books you want to read, has an amazing battery life and, just like a normal book, you can read it in sunshine! You can highlight, use the dictionary, take notes, and it remembers your place so you don’t have to use a bookmark or put donkey-ears in your book. Evil tongues claim that the Kindle is a fake book, but they don’t know how wrong they are! If you can touch it, and read it – it’s real! The Kindle is The Greatest Gadget in the World!
What is even better is that I can buy all the books I want, electronically, and send them to my Kindle! Yeeeey! For books in Norwegian, I purchase them on the web and push the button that says «Send to Kindle». For English books, I buy them straight in my Kindle from Amazon.
For travelers like myself, it is a huge relief to just pack a small Kindle (both smaller and weighs less than even a paperback), and I do not have to worry about running out of books on my trip. Because that is just the worst thing that can happen; To finish your book halfway over the ocean and you opted out bringing more books because of limited space and weight in your carry-on. Oh no, that is horrible!
To everyone that is running out of shelf-space, travels a lot, are ex-pats or just want to have a handy little library with them in their purse to read on the commuter-train: go get yourself a Kindle! It was Designed for You!
(And no, I am not sponsored by Amazon or Kindle or anyone, because I can not figure out how to do so!)
This post was written in response to Where is my backpack‘s themed challenge: «Travel Theme: Books»