Valentine’s Day was earlier this month. My wife Devvie subtly hinted that she wanted a Kindle 2. Devvie not so subtly reminded me not to repeat my red Dustbuster gift of a few Valentine’s Days ago. (If you don’t know, the Kindle 2 is pictured on the left and the Dustbuster on the right. Then again, if you don’t know that, this article probably won’t help you). So I ordered it (it being the Kindle 2, not the Dustbuster; I do learn from my mistakes). Actually, I ordered 2. I am a gadget guy, and wanted to see for myself what all the fuss is about.
Both Kindle 2’s arrived last Tuesday. I had a really busy week so I haven’t had time yet to play much with mine. However, Devvie loves hers! While Devvie is a professor of computer science, she’s really not that interested in gadgets, her focus being programming, not hardware. However, Devvie loves to read.
The Kindle 2 does not have a backlit screen. Since Devvie likes to read in bed and I have trouble falling to sleep if she leaves the bedside lamp on, I bought her the Mighty Bright XtraFlex2 Clip-On Light pictured on the left. It’s only $12.95, and it’s quite good. I recommend it.
I’d also recommend a cover to protect your expensive Kindle 2 (which does not come with a case). I bought Devvie the Amazon Kindle 2 Leather Cover. Just to be different, I bought the Patagonia Book Case for Kindle 2 to protect my Kindle 2. I like both covers.
I’ll write more about the Kindle 2 when I’ve had the time to play more with it. However, I’ve already used the Kindle 2 to rehearse an oral argument that I gave in a case before the California Second District Court of Appeal during the week (I said it was a busy week). In that vein, I plan to write about using the Kindle 2 to store and read work papers (letters, legal briefs, etc.), especially those not already in a Kindle readable format. Until then …