However, witnessing my iPad friends buying the tablet just for games and Facebook reassured me that wasting my life in front of a slab of retina display is the last thing I wanted. I began re-thinking about what I really wanted in a mobile device.
So during that trip, I bought home not one, but two Kindles.
Kindle's display is based on E Ink. The simpleton technology gives you static texts, tables, and figures on a white surface like real paper. It does not, however, support animation or video. Hence Kindle is all about studying, quite perfect for me!
You can switch font styles, sizes, and alignment to suit your age. I imagine Dad would enlarge the fonts to 30 so he won't have to hold them 5 feet away from his presbyopia glasses.
Photographs are good as long as it's not too detailed. It only supports black and white, though.
Quite easy to hold on to with a flip and return button on both sides of the reader.
I think the best thing about it is it fits into my white coat pocket. It killed off many sleepless hours during call nights, boring conferences and meetings, and filled my elevator minutes with valuable reading.
One question I get asked the most, and prohibiting people from buying one, is that it doesn't feel like a real book.
Well, for those who love holding a real book caressing the spine, smelling the ink and paper, annotating around the borders, and doing origami with the pages - this is not for you. For those who finish a book leaving it brand new (reselling it as an excellent new copy sometimes), the Earth benefits from cutting down less trees. Of course you won't achieve your dream of a wall of books, but believe me, even if you do, you won't have time for all of them. They will only sit and become homes for silverfishes.