In anticipation of the unavoidable struggle of finding English books in a non-English speaking country, I took the plunge and bought a Kindle. Specifically, I got the Kindle Touch. I was debating the new Kindle Fire (which is more a tablet), but since I am mainly using it for books it didn’t make as much sense. Additionally, many of the perks of the Fire aren’t applicable outside the US market.
When I lived in Madrid, I had to buy books for my English class. There were only a handful of bookstores in the entire city that even stocked them. I had to go multiple times because the bookstore in question observed the Spanish tradition of siesta, or closing during the only free time I had all day. Thanks Spain! When I finally tracked down the books I needed, they were quite expensive since they were imported from England. The takeaway: if it was that challenging to find books in Spain, it will certainly be twice as hard to find them in Daegu, South Korea. I know it’s certainly possible, and one can always order online… but with my Kindle I don’t need to. One click and the book magically appears. For anyone who torrents content, e-books are out there, although they are so cheap on Amazon’s website that it hardly matters.
I’ve already loaded it up with quite a bit – the Hunger Games trilogy, A Song of Ice and Fire (all 5 of them), a few classics (public domain = free), and some random others. The Kindle Touch can hold up to 4,000 books so I really have no qualms about what I stick on there. I anticipate having plenty of time to catch up on all of these books, especially at this rate. I can’t put it down!
Currently reading: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. I’m halfway through this monstrosity and I love it!