I know people roll their eyes a bit at the Kindle deals that basically epitomise “Black Friday”, but my Kindle is one of my most-used gadgets ever and, if there’s an opportunity to get one at a knock-down price then I’m there. My Mum still has what is basically a prototype Kindle, it weighs about ten kilos and hurts her wrists when she holds it for long periods of time. (I think it’s mostly because of the case with the light in it.)
So, I am getting one of these for her Christmas present – I feel it would be rude not to, really – at £34.99 it’s less than the price of a bottle of perfume, for goodness’ sake! This is the new Amazon Fire Tablet and I’m honestly struggling to work out why it’s so much cheaper than the Kindle Paperwhite. It has a bigger screen, it still loads e-books, but you can do so much more with it, including accessing the internet… I can imagine my Mum sat upstairs browsing Boden in bed!
So yes – getting one of these for Mother. If you’re after a tablet or book reader then this has to be one of the best value versions on the market. I’ve done a quick Google, but nothing seems to come close. Incidentally, the Paperwhite is also on offer – £79.99 instead of £109.99 here. If anyone does know why the Paperwhite would be better then please let me know pronto, before I hit the button. Is it better for your eyes to read on the Kindle? The battery life on the Kindle is better, but I love the idea that you can browse the internet on the Fire!
Here are some books to load the Kindle up with, just in case you’re stuck for ideas. They’re some of my all-time favourites:
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – here
A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry – here
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood – here
A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry – here
None of these are short or easy reads, they’re really something to get your teeth into but I could read them again and again. I do hope you enjoy them – I must do a “favourite books” post or video soon… Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments box for other readers.