Well I've been having that feeling a lot lately, and yet Eolian isn't riding any lower in the water. That's because for my birthday, Jane gave me The Perfect Boat Book®: A Kindle! (After 40 years, she so knows me. Thank you Jane!)
For the cruiser, a Kindle has some wonderful characteristics:
- It will go months on a battery charge - the only time it uses power is when you turn a page. In fact, when you open the shipping box, you will find your new Kindle is already displaying the first page of the Users Manual, showing how to plug it in and charge the battery... It can do this because no power is used to display a page.
- Charges from 110VAC or a USB port
- It can hold literally thousands of books
- It does not require a connection to the internet (except to obtain new books)
- As well as buying books from Amazon, you can also download free books from a host of sources, and you can even check out books from your public library
- It is completely readable in bright sunlight - exactly like a book
- When in the cover, the Kindle is just about the size and thickness of a paperback book - it is very comfortable to hold
- It contains a cleverly hidden but extensible LED light (draws power from the Kindle - no additional batteries required)
- The Kindle is attached to the cover - not by clumsy straps which go over the display corners or somewhere, but by two metal clips which engage slots on the left side of the Kindle (aside from attaching the cover to the Kindle, this is how the power gets to the LED).
- The cover is well-padded and just enough larger than the Kindle that if it were dropped on edge, no damage to the Kindle would result.