1-13043492_10153884198956622_4417798849187049623_n“If you have enough book space, I don’t want to talk to you.”
– Sir Terry Pratchett

Well, I guess Sir Terry wouldn’t want to talk to me then. *sigh*


… he’d be willing to accept my Kindle as book space (as I am filling it up quickly, and sooner or later I will run out of space.)

1-12803164_10153762498091622_5564893996344931228_nWhen we moved to Denmark, we cleared out our bookshelves. Boxful upon boxful was given away to friends and family. We only kept the books dearest to us and those that are really old or have nice leather back. Books are heavy, and to immigrate to another country with all that extra weight was not an option. We also didn’t know where we would be living in Denmark, so the necessity of packing as light as possible was important.

Once embraced in the ex-pat life, the problem of getting hold of Norwegian books makes its appearance. Not a big deal, I can read Danish books (the written language is very similar to Norwegian), and I can read English books (always accessible at any bookstore). But there is something about reading in your own language. And especially reading Norwegian authors in their original language. I dare say that most texts lose something in translation. And then you have the fact that I am Norwegian (and proud of it) – and why wouldn’t I want to read in my own language?

1-13051758_10153884198661622_6188958891831809692_nSir Nerdalot gave me a Kindle for X-mas, and I was ecstatic! What is so great about that, you might ask. Well, a Kindle can hold all the books you want to read, has an amazing battery life and, just like a normal book, you can read it in sunshine! You can highlight, use the dictionary, take notes, and it remembers your place so you don’t have to use a bookmark or put donkey-ears in your book. Evil tongues claim that the Kindle is a fake book, but they don’t know how wrong they are! If you can touch it, and read it – it’s real! The Kindle is The Greatest Gadget in the World!

What is even better is that I can buy all the books I want, electronically, and send them to my Kindle! Yeeeey! For books in Norwegian, I purchase them on the web and push the button that says “Send to Kindle”. For English books, I buy them straight in my Kindle from Amazon.

1-12998556_10153884198776622_6585879474867313055_nFor travelers like myself, it is a huge relief to just pack a small Kindle (both smaller and weighs less than even a paperback), and I do not have to worry about running out of books on my trip. Because that is just the worst thing that can happen; To finish your book halfway over the ocean and you opted out bringing more books because of limited space and weight in your carry-on. Oh no, that is horrible!

To everyone that is running out of shelf-space, travels a lot, are ex-pats or just want to have a handy little library with them in their purse to read on the commuter-train: go get yourself a Kindle! It was Designed for You!

(And no, I am not sponsored by Amazon or Kindle or anyone, because I can not figure out how to do so!)

This post was written in response to Where is my backpack‘s themed challenge: “Travel Theme: Books”


23 thoughts on “Kindle me here, kindle me there, kindle me everywhere

      1. I know, I totally agree. I did a HUGE cull of our overflwoing book shelves at home last year. Much to TRH’s disgust and angst. The book creep is back though…. we are both avid readers. But there is only so much space in one house.


  1. I love my Kindle. It has gone to lots of cool places, including Germany, Slovakia, England, France, and of course home here in America. When I’m home I read paper books. Traveling, nothing beats a Kindle.

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  2. You know, I am such a doofus that I wasn’t sure just what a kindle was until I read this post. Off to see how much they cost now. I travel with books and those suckers are HEAVY….especially for a little old lady with arthritis.

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    1. Oh yes, my carry on got a whole lot lighter after hubby got me my kindle. Just remember that a Kindle is not a webbrowser, so you still have to bring your tablet or laptop for those internett and blogging-needs 🙂

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  3. OK, OK – you have done the best job of anyone so far in getting me to even consider a Kindle. That’s sort of an exaggeration because I do have some Kindle app that allows me to read a few books that were only available this way, but I have never really thought about totally moving to an e-reader for travel. Traveling light is my mantra, and my bookshelves at home are groaning under the weight, so maybe it’s time!

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  4. I have lately come to love my Kindle. I was like those other curmudgeons, saying it wasn’t a “real” book – and you shouldn’t look at a lit up screen right before bed – but I have found it’s everything you’ve stated. Now that I’m reading a “real” book again, I miss being able to highlight, write notes, look things up in the dictionary. Instead, I have to resort to old fashioned post it notes, AND a bookmark!!

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    1. I also like that you can increase and decrease the font size, so I can rest the Kindle in my lap and still be able to read it. And that I can read it in the sun, that is a huge plus for me. Thank you for your comment, have a happy reading-day!


  5. Last time I traveled overseas I really embraced the e-book (via my iPad). It was great to be able to take multiple travel guides, fiction, non-fiction etc. Referring to the travel guides, which I could also access on my iPhone while visiting sites was great. Kindles are nicer to read for the eyes though, so they’re on my wish list!

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    1. I havent tried travel guides on my kindle yet, because the last travel guide was bought before I got the kindle – and I hadn’t even thought of that. But that should work fine, as the kindle is easy to carry around in my purse. Thanks for the tip!


  6. I have a Kobo and share many of your thoughts on e-readers. And to think I was SO against them not so long ago. I love Sir Terry’s quote and your bestia looks a bit like mine. Good to have you aboard! Happy reading!

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      1. Oh, e-books can be reformatted to suit whatever reader one has, but even if I don’t buy another book ever again I think I’ve got enough till the day I day. The question is when to read them? I spend my time online blogging and reading blogs and articles… First the internet must die, it seems. 🙂

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    1. Thank you for your comment! Yea the only paper books I buy as of lately are typical coffee table books and first editions or other collectables.


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