Friday, 14 June 2013

RIP My Beloved Kindle!


 
Before I went on holiday I spent a considerable amount of time choosing and downloading to my Kindle all the books I might want to read while away. Dozens and dozens of them! After all, one of the best things about an ereader is that it holds so many books, and after once being charged a fortune in excess baggage due to the weight of my holiday reading, I’m now a total Kindling enthusiast and won’t travel anywhere without it.
 
Actually, I have two Kindles. I have a two and a half year old 3G (the one with the keyboard) and I also have the new Kindle Fire (my prezzy from last Christmas) and, as I planned to do most of my reading on the beach, I decided taking the older one with its non-glare screen was the sensible option.
But woe is me! On day two, after reading just one book (Security by Mandy Baggot – which is, by the way, a fabulous and highly recommended read) my Kindle died and could not be resuscitated. (Even on getting home and ordering up a replacment battery, it was still as dead as dead could be).
I did ask our holiday rep if there was any books I could borrow, there was but they were all printed in Russian and German, which I neither read nor speak. So for those of you about to embark on your summer travels with your full stocked ereader, I might suggest you sneak a paperback or two into your luggage, just as a back up!
If you fancy reading my Kindle bestselling and award winning humorous novel Bagpipes & Bullshot this summer, you can win a copy between now and the end of June by answering this simple question (if you don’t know the answer you could always Google for it!)

What exactly is Bullshot…?

Answers in the comment box below, my email to me at janice@jancehortonwriter.co.uk or you can post to my Facebook Author Page (which I’d love you to Like while you are there!)



Haste ye back here next Friday!

15 comments:

JO said...

Thanks for the old Kindle warning. I, too, have a precious Kindle with keyboard, but the thought of it dying while I'm far away ... even the thought of being bookless is enough to bring on a fit of the vapours.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Oh, how awful, Janice! I'm just getting mine ready to take away but heeding your warning, even though we'll be in Britain.

fishducky said...

Bullshot is a cocktail & also it's the practice of doctoring video game screenshots.

Janice Horton said...

Hi Jo - yes, there was a horrible moment of disbelief when all I got was a blank screen! Holidays are for reading after all. You can only imagine how may cocktails it took to console me! :)

Janice xx

Janice Horton said...

Rosemary - I think you'll be okay in Britain - as you can always find somewhere selling books printed in a language you can understand!

Janice xx

Janice Horton said...

Fishducky - oooh that's something I didn't know - doctoring screenshots! Who'd a thunk it...??

PS. Who doesn't love a cocktail...?

Thanks for entering the competition!

Love, Janice xx

Melanie said...

My condolences on your Kindle's demise. Of all the rotten timing. Definitely a good idea to stash a paperback or two in your luggage, preferably your purse so you don't weight down your checked baggage...

I've already read B&B and have it on my kindle app, so I won't enter your contest.

Glad to know you and hubby made it home safe and sound. Perhaps a "voodoo funeral service" for your Kindle might be in order? Bury it under your hen house?

wordsfromanneli said...

Bullshot: A drink made with beef consomme, vodka, salt, pepper?

wordsfromanneli said...

My second try at leaving this comment: as for the dying Kindle, I think you can go to your account on Amazon to reload the books you've bought there. Check it out.

Janice Horton said...

Thank you for your sympathy, Melanie. Now I'm back reading on my Kindle Fire I want to on holiday again!

Yay - thank you for your entry, Anneli. Thanks also for the message about the books - yes, I can see on my Kindle Fire 'cloud storage' all the books I have on my Amazon Account to redownload - so I knew I hadn't lost them.

Janice xx

Joan Fleming said...

Oh Janice, what a disappointment - especially so early in your holiday. Packing a paperback or two is a good idea - just in case.

Jean Bull said...

What a nightmare, Janice. I remember visiting Spain many years ago and finishing the books I took and struggling to find an English bookshop. You really can't take enough books on holiday: kindle or paperback. You're probably right: take both!!

Janice Horton said...

Yes, Joan and Jean - it's a lesson learned. I also noted that, although the guests at our hotel (we went to the Dom Rep) were predominantly Canadian/German/Russian/American rather than from the UK - approx 75% were reading paperbacks around the pool and on the beach and only 25% reading e-readers - which was interesting.

Janice xx

Bouncin Barb said...

Hi Janice...

New to your blog and Facebook via Carol Wyer and Linn Halton. So nice of you to follow my blog. From what I've learned Bullshot is an alcoholic drink (my favorite thing!!) that is a variation of the Bloody Mary. Sounds interesting. I look forward to reading your book and enjoying your blog posts!!

Janice Horton said...

Hi Barbara - so nice to meet you here in blogland and to know we have such lovely mutual friends!

Thanks for your 'bullshot' entry!

Janice xx