I've kind of felt bad, honestly, for having this lovely little thing and not really using it. I know a lot of people who use their Kindles all the time—like my mom, who reads a ton and loves that she can make the font bigger if she needs. She's totally gotten her money's worth. It just felt like an e-reader would be wasted on me, a slow reader who stays home most days and doesn't really have a need to carry around more than one book at a time.
Well, things changed last night.
Now that I've finally finished my huge edit of Transparent, I have some catching up to do on beta reading and drawing (not that the Kindle will help me with drawing, just saying). Then I realized, "Hey! I could put this manuscript on my Kindle!"
So I figured out how to send a personal file to my Kindle, and in less than five minutes—tada!—there it was, all pretty and book-like. I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to read on this as opposed to my computer screen! My friend's manuscript not only looks like a book, it's now portable like a book, too. I can take it with me to the mall and read while my kids play at the indoor playground. I can read longer without killing my eyes. I can still make notes. I don't have to scroll!
While I was rather indifferent to reading a published book on paper or e-reader, it's this feature that converted me. As a writer, this will certainly be a tool that makes my work easier, and hopefully my crit partners will get their manuscripts back from me faster.
I know there are still a lot of people out there who dread e-readers, but they are pretty dang cool. And as a writer, it's such a useful tool in addition to reading for enjoyment.