Over the past many years, we’ve all shared a lot of things on this blog – cooking, reading, hobbies. I will get to a perfume review today, but first I wanted to talk about my new favorite toy, the thing I swore I would never, ever get. Yes, it’s the Amazon Kindle 2, the improved version of their original Kindle.
Even though I spend most of the day reading my computer screen, I’ve never really liked reading that way. I wish I could put all my computer things on paper. But as I was surveying my house a couple of weeks ago, trying to figure out where I could put more bookcases, I thought about the Kindle and how nice it would be to put all my books on one little device I could carry around with me everywhere. Then I would never again lug a suitcase to Europe full of six books because I can’t make up my mind on what books to take with or I overestimate the time I’ll have to read, only to find I didn’t even get through one of them, plus picked up two more books in the airport – each way.
Kindle 2 is amazingly perfect, in size, in usability and in readability. About the size of a paperback, as thin as my iPhone (iPhone just came out with its Kindle 2 app!), the screen itself is a sort of gray with black type, which is surprisingly easy to read, at least as a book and far easier than a computer screen. It’s not backlit, but it also has no glare, so you can read it outside, in the car, anywhere, though you do need a lamp or booklight to read it in the dark. It saves your page wherever you exit, the battery lasts for days. On each side is a next page button, so it’s easy to thumb through your book. You can also make notes or place bookmarks in any book that you can pull up later. Amazon also lets you try out the first few pages of a book for free by downloading it, and if you think it blows, just delete it. If you want to read the rest of it, just click and it shall be yours.
You can also get newspapers, some magazines and blog subscriptions (they don’t have Perfume Posse!) delivered to your Kindle 2. How does it get there? Free wireless provided by Amazon called Whispernet. If you run out of something to read while you’re waiting on line or the book you currently have loaded is just a snooze, you can go cruising through the Amazon Kindle store right on your Kindle 2 and be reading your new book in a couple of minutes. Talk about your instant gratification!
My favorite feature? Adjustable type. I can now get my type big enough that I don’t need my glasses to read. Do I love my Kindle 2? Oh, yes, indeedy. Now, it’s pricey – $359 – but when I consider that I just saved the price of a bookcase or two, plus the Kindle books are usually a few bucks or a lot of bucks cheaper, I figure I’ll make up the price of it in a year, easy, not even counting the saved cost of new bookcases.
Will I still read regular books? Of course. I love the feel of a book in my hand, and not all books are on Kindle yet, though I keep clicking on the Request button to get a lot of my favorites moved to it. If you love to read, but get tired of not having the right book with you when you’re stuck somewhere, the Kindle 2 will make you a very happy boy or girl, so don’t hestitate, thinking you could never get used to reading on a machine. You sure can, and you’ll love it.
So what perfume is in the sample drawer today? M. Micallef’s new one, Aoud Gourmet, now available at Luckyscent – $212 for 100 mls. Notes of Sugar, marzipan, honey, spice, patchouli, cedar, cypriol, amber, sandalwood, cashmeran, musks. This is very much a bitterish oud scent, but richly spiced with a not too enormous sweet aspect. I find the honey to be the loudest of the sweet notes, so it’s not sticky bun sweet, just pungently oud rich with a little layer of sweetness to take the worst of the sting out. There’s an interesting balance between the two, a little offputting on the bitter, but the sweet draws you in. I’m never sure why the Micallefs don’t get more attention. Everything they have done, I’ve found to be interesting and wearable, and I much prefer their oud to Montales (hey, don’t shoot me!).
So would you ever consider reading a book on a device? is it just too weird? BTW, for those who asked on days when I just can’t them time to get to comments, my fugue has lifted completely, and I’m restored to my very happy self again.