Andy Howell has been using one for a few months … and gives it quite a favourable review:
… The key to the Kindle is its weight. This is a properly portable machine which can slip into your case or pack quite happily. …
First off, this is a very light way of carrying a lot of books …
With the wifi link usually off I have been able to get three weeks usage without any problems at all. If you are backpacking you should be able to rely on three weeks, maybe four, so long as you keep the machine warm at night, although I must say I’ve not noticed any great degrading of battery performance in the cold.
When backpacking you will want to keep the Kindle in a waterproof sleeve of some kind — I use an Ortlieb map carrier which I know to be watertight. Phil Turner has devised his own protection system details of which he has published here so you can knock one up yourself. …
The really big downside is that you can’t share books or pass them on to someone else. You can register up to 6 Kindles with one Amazon account, which might get around things a little. But this system is still far too inflexible and Amazon need to sort this out quickly, even if it is to let you pass books on a limited number of times. …
read the rest of the review
I’m quite happy with audio books and podcasts on my iPods (normally carrying two) but wouldn’t mind trying a kindle on a longer adventure.
I mostly read in the tent. And it seems a pain that a headlamp is required to read a kindle. In fact, that might even be a deal breaker for me. Perhaps I’d use the built-in audio jack or rear speakers to listen to my audio books via Kindle.
Leave a comment if you’ve tried taking a Kindle on the Trail. Either here or over on Andy’s review.
DAVE PIDGEON will not take his iPad on the Trail.
Compass Points Media via flickr – original photo
But he does review a few Apps on this post – A Backpacker’s iPad
(via Tom Mangan on Facebook)