As those around us become increasingly smitten with their “iThings,” we tried to analyze our own needs. The iPads don’t work well in bright light for reading. Reading on the beach or outdoors is one of our favorite vacation pastimes. The iPad’s faux keyboard is not the most comfy for writers, and the file system doesn’t particularly lend itself to editing, storing and sorting photos—at least the way I am used to working with my images. Translation: I would still want and need my 13-inch travel laptop.
Then, there is the cost. Bud and I travel deliriously well together. We tire of the same things at about the same time, like the same amenities and activities and so on. But we don’t share so well. We’d need two of . . . whatever. Two iPads got us into four-figure sums. Two eReaders with covers, under $350. We would be using them almost exclusively for recreational reading on the road – stuffing them full of our favorite genres and authors. eReaders would do.
After four months, a lot of which was traveling, we’re hooked. We like fiction, but also have stored several guidebooks on Burma, our next big trip. Spring for the cover with the reading light. It’s great for airplanes, safari tents, deep shade – or reading beyond your honey’s lights-out time anywhere!