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I love to read books. My favourite authors are (or sadly were ‘RIP’) Bryce Courtney and Maeve Binchy. I love the feel of books and I spend a fortune buying books so that I always have something to read. I buy books from the book shops, garage sales and second hand book shops, charity shops and borrow from friends. I have 11 book shelves in my home. I must admit that my husband is also a reader… history, philosophy and law, so yes, we have many books.


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I have to have a book to read before I can sleep. I do not have a bedside cabinet beside my bed, I have a book case ! I cannot sleep unless I can read when I go to bed. I might read only a couple of pages but more often than not, I am still reading four hours after I go to bed. I am a bad sleeper !

Beside my bed are books that I might read! I have bought them because they look interesting but I cannot get into them so I put them to one side for when ever I need a book.

My sister and her husband came to visit over Christmas from England. Both of them have a Kindle! Both of them are avid readers and say I must get a Kindle so I can read in bed much easier and always have it by my side and its so easy and much cheaper to download books from the internet. Sigh. I do have other friends who have told me the same thing but I cannot imagine holding this ‘shape’ in bed and just moving my finger to turn the page! And I understand it has its own light so I do not have to have the bedside lamp on even !

Such a dilemma in my old age LOL Yes, I use the computer, yes I am on Facebook and yes I do sometimes embarrass my kids with my comments so even my youngest had de-friended me !

But really and truly will I like a Kindle ? What are the pros and cons? How do they work? 

Have your say and help Moira out!

Moira Casey

I am a 65 year old married for over 40 years (to the same man !) English by birth, Kiwi and Aussie by choice and have four adult children.

  1. I felt the same as you Moira until my partner gave me a Kindle for Xmas 2012. We spend months each year travelling in our van and 4WD and believe me the Kindle has been fabulous. Previously I had dozens of books accumulated under the bed in the van (extra weight and fuel costs). So now I load up the kindle when home and off we go. Haven’t given up “Real” books totally – am still a sucker for them. Went shopping for Xmas pressies (books of course) and bought 6 for myself – can’t help myself. Very easy to use a Kindle and lovely how you can download samples to give you a taste of the book before you buy. Love my Kindle and still Love my books !!!

  2. I have also used my IPad reading in bed and found it heavy to hold up as I do with big books. The Kindle is so light to hold in bed and you can carry multiple books with you as well when you travel on planes etc.

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