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Author: jiminatl

Joined: 8/19/2010
Posts: 5
GCT Trips Taken: 3
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2007

August 24, 2010

Have you ordered a Kindle reader while traveling? Do you like it?

Would you recommend buying one? Listening to Van Gogh is now available on Kindle. I am interested in your comments, please.

Author: retiredrn365

Joined: 3/5/2010
Posts: 20
GCT Trips Taken: 6
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Countries Visited:

Thailand, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Costa Del Sol, Great Rivers of Europe

Traveler Since: 2001

August 24, 2010

I have a kindel and use it all the time. Fabulous for traveling. Easy to recharge-just download a bunchof books before leaving and its always at your fingertips-fits esily in my travel purse. Wouldn't leave home without it.

Author: garrygee

Joined: 8/3/2010
Posts: 3
GCT Trips Taken: 3
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2007

August 25, 2010

 I've had my "Nook" since last Christmas and love it so much I just bought my wife one for her birthday 8/24 so she can get it loaded up for our trip to Kiev/Russia.  Sure easier than carrying a bunch of books.  It makes reading easier too.

Author: jiminatl

Joined: 8/19/2010
Posts: 5
GCT Trips Taken: 3
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2007

August 25, 2010

Thanks to all responders.

Author: walnutrij

Joined: 8/5/2010
Posts: 3
GCT Trips Taken: 5
OAT Trips Taken: 1
Traveler Since: 2006

September 12, 2010

My Kindle has now been on three trips, and it's wonderful.  Think of the weight I have saved in my bags, or the time I used to waste looking for English-language books when the book supply I carried was exhausted.  I just bought the latest version Kindle, which promises a month of battery time.  That should hold me! 

Author: afairportfan

Joined: 6/11/2010
Posts: 3
GCT Trips Taken: 5
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 2010

September 26, 2010

I've been using a Sony e-Reader for 3 years and I LOVE it!  It doesn't connect to the internet like a Kindle, but all I want it for is to store and read books.  Besides having an internal memory, the Sony takes SD cards, so the capacity is infinite (I've got about 100 books on an SD card and have used only 10% of available space!).  It takes no time at all to download books onto my computer and load them onto the Sony, and the Sony ebook website often has bargain-priced and/or free books available.  It's the one thing I'd never travel without.  As far as charging the eReader, I have a current converter to plug into power outlets overseas, a battery charger (takes 4 AA batteries), and a solar charger that works well when it's sunny.  On our latest river cruise, I only charged the eReader on board the boat, didn't need the battery charger at all.  Prices are going down on electronic readers and there are many more brands available than there were 3 years ago.  Just research the different features available...Good luck and happy travels!

Author: cmbaker69

Joined: 9/27/2010
Posts: 4
GCT Trips Taken: 9
OAT Trips Taken: 7
Countries Visited:

52 countries and 49 states and counting. Most recent international trips were Belize/Tikal for Mayan ruins and OAT's Safari Serengeti. The OAT trip remains the best trip I've ever taken as a tourist, and this was my 5th subsaharan trip/3rd safari type.

Traveler Since: 2000

September 27, 2010

May I confirm the post on the Sony? I selected the Sony Pocket Reader because it is the smallest of the current crop of readers. Prior to this I used an eBookman, which was even smaller. The Sony battery seems to last through about 40 hours of use, so I've never had battery problems, even on overseas flights. Sony also recognizes PDF and Word/text files, so I store all my itineraries and confirmations on it prior to a trip. Whichever reader you select, enjoy it.

Author: elna

Joined: 3/24/2010
Posts: 58
GCT Trips Taken: 6
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Countries Visited:

France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, Austalia, Finland, Estonia, England, Scotland, Wales, Pakistan, Singapore,

Traveler Since: 2009

October 02, 2010

Bought a Kindle before our Russia Revealed trip. I downloaded a few books before departing, but didn't have much time for reading on the trip-- very busy sightseeing and meeting new friends. However I DID download newspapers on a couple of days-- forgetting that we had several hours time difference and was getting yesterdays news. The ship/boat had CNN, BBC and a couple of other English speaking TV channels for news. We may need a second Kindle for our next trip-- hard to share it when traveling.

Author: pauline

Joined: 3/9/2010
Posts: 1,004
GCT Trips Taken: 11
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Countries Visited:

England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Malta, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, China, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada, Russia, Ukraine

Traveler Since: 1999

October 02, 2010

I also bought a Kindle before my Russia Revealed trip and, like Elna, I didn't have much time to read.  I was so busy with all the sightseeing.  It really makes such good sense to have one. Books used to take up quite a large space in my suitcase, even though I limited them to paperbacks.

Author: singsling

Joined: 6/23/2010
Posts: 246
GCT Trips Taken: 11
OAT Trips Taken: 0
Traveler Since: 1995

September 06, 2011

I, too, enjoy my eReader, a PanDigital (after returning my Nook).  I downloaded/purchased about 26 books of varying lengths, and eliminated about 8 paperbacks.  All of the eReaders' chargers I looked at were 110/240V, so all that I needed to recharge was a plug adapter US to European; I would recharge at night after I was finished reading.  I have adapters for Britain, Australia, Africa, Asia and Europe.  As far as time to read, I am a light sleeper and often am up 2-3 hours during the night; rather than toss and turn, I turn on my eReader, select my book, turn on black screen/white letters and don't  have to disturb my husband with the light on in the room.  If we had a cruising day, I would take my eReader to the lounge to see the scenery; between miles of just trees and little towns, I would get in a few paragraphs on my eReader when I wasn't people watching or ah'd by the beautiful scenery.  Now my husband has his own reader, so he can eliminate a few books as well.  Sometimes while sitting on a balcony or on the sun deck near a town, we even could read our email if we could get a signal. 

Author: merleo

Joined: 4/23/2012
Posts: 66
GCT Trips Taken: 7
OAT Trips Taken: 6
Countries Visited:

Japan, Singapore, Egypt, Nepal, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Bali, Viet Nam, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, England, Turkey, Malta, Italy, Austria, Dubai, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Sicily, Ecuador, Galapagos

Traveler Since: 1996

March 24, 2015

I wanted to revive this thread to note a couple of books I thought may be of interest to owners of ereaders.  I just bought "Around the World in 50 Years" (released today) by Albert Podell about his journeys to all the countries in the world of which some adventures are included in the book and "Love and Loss" by Jane Bay a memoir about her relationship with  her 'adopted' Tibetan daughter. Both are available for Kindle which is my device of choice.  Except for one, I own all of the devices mentioned above but find the Kindle Fire HD lighter in weight, long on battery life and small enough to fit in my purse/backpack. Like other posters, I rarely have time to read during the trip but the Kindle sure comes in handy while waiting in the boarding area and on the long plane rides. I haven't tried audio books but am afraid listening may lull me to sleep. .

Author: sealionlady

Joined: 8/1/2010
Posts: 160
GCT Trips Taken: 7
OAT Trips Taken: 7
Traveler Since: 2001

March 24, 2015

I enjoy any discussion of books!   I very much liked "Listening to Van Gogh:  A Coming of Retirement Age Novel"  It concerns a river cruise through Southern France .... think "Cruising Burgundy and Provence to the Cote d;Azur".  I could relate to the concerns of both the women and the men as they considered the challenges of their new stage of life:  health problems, grandparenting, being together all day, every day, finding a new place to live or staying put ...... issues that many of us have had to consider.  The book also describes the pleasures of cruising in lovely detail:  history, shopping, wining and dining.   

Another book at home on my shelf is Laura Fraser's "All Over the Map".  This is not a novel but Laura's stories of her life as a travel writer.  Good experiences and very bad experiences, wise choices, terrible choices,  it's her life and she leads a fascinating one.  My dream is to head to San Miguel de Allende and stay in her house near the Plaza.  The story of this house and how she came to own it is one of the highlights of this delightful book.

Author: porkchop55

Joined: 2/6/2011
Posts: 96
GCT Trips Taken: 6
OAT Trips Taken: 5
Countries Visited:

Vietnam, Cambodia, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Spain, Turkey, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Tunisia, China, Peru, Canada, Japan, Philippines, Thailand, Fiji, American Samoa, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea

Traveler Since: 2004

March 25, 2015

I own both a Kindle Keyboard (older white paper version) and a Fire.   I prefer the Keyboard for its long battery life and readability in sun light, but have taken the Fire on my last 3 trips.   Like other posters, I don’t find much free time for reading on trips except on layovers and on the plane when long battery life is a big advantage, however during the trip I use the Fire and the hotel WIFI to check email, the news and the weather for the next day something the Kindle Keyboard is not good for.   I have considered using the Kindle app on my smart phone but I find I like the larger screen of the Kindle Fire.   They also have a Kindle app for any Android tablet but I don’t have one so have not tried it out.

Author: merleo

Joined: 4/23/2012
Posts: 66
GCT Trips Taken: 7
OAT Trips Taken: 6
Countries Visited:

Japan, Singapore, Egypt, Nepal, Thailand, China, Indonesia, Bali, Viet Nam, Burma, Laos, Cambodia, England, Turkey, Malta, Italy, Austria, Dubai, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Sicily, Ecuador, Galapagos

Traveler Since: 1996

March 25, 2015

Sealionlady:  thanks for recommending Laura Fraser's book "All Over the Map" which will be added to my Kindle. Seems like it would be a good one to read on the plane.

porkchop55:  Portable chargers (Halo, APC) go with me on the plane in case I need to charge my Kindle because if I'm not eating/sleeping, I'm reading. I've never used the outlets on the plane if one is available.  I do like the Fire HD.

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