Excitement was not the word. I'd been told on Christmas Day what I was to expect and had whipped myself up into a total frenzy by the time I actually got my grubby mitts on it.
And it's everything I ever dreamed it would be:
1. It can hold 3,500 books. Can you imagine that? That's probably more than I currently own. Not that I'm going to get rid of my collection, but at least we won't be in danger of being buried alive when I bring more into the house.
2. I know nobody has turned the pages of the book I'm reading:
- a. While sitting on the toilet.
- b. In a shop without washing their hands after going to the toilet.
- c. After touching money (probably more germs on money than on a toilet seat).
3. If I want to buy a book, it can be delivered to my Kindle in less than a minute. And, thanks to a WiFi connection and one click ordering, I don't even have to get out of bed to go shopping.
I wasn't entirely convinced, at first, that it was as comfortable to hold as a traditional book. But you can change the orientation - and size - of the text. I have abnormally small hands for my height (fat, but small) and reading landscape is much, much easier. It also took me a while to get used to the fact it wasn't back-lit.
But the aim of the Kindle makers was that it should be invisible once the user was reading. Now that I'm used to it, it does what it says on the tin, and disappears completely and doesn't intrude on the reading experience in the slightest.
And I'm completely in love with it.
The only downside is it's all too easy to spend too much money buying books for it.
Next time: my miracle weight loss plan