To while away the hours on a return flight to Melbourne recently I completed reading “Hooked” by Nir Eyal. It made me think about the way companies such as Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram (amongst others) approach the world. They have turned vitamins into painkillers so you have to have them…
My Kindle now has a cover. The leather cover opens like a book and the Kindle switches on and is ready to read immediately (just like a book). This small addition has made a big difference to the perceived usability of the product – it protects it and makes it feel and behave more like a book.
In the last two months the number of books that I have read has gone up (although the amount of The Economist I read has gone down). I’ve read the following books and will post some reviews of them here in the next few months or so:
- “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries. Ries has written a very readable book about how the concept of Lean can be applied to Startup companies. The book provides some excellent examples of the benefits of applying the Lean Methodology to Startup companies.
- “Montessori Madness” by Trevor Eissler. A very accessible book that explains the Montessori method of education which is one of guided exploration.
- “In The Plex” by Steven Levy. Having grown up knowing about Google since the very early 2000’s it was interesting to see the inside view of how the company has succeeded and the growing pains as it became the large corporate that it is today. I’ll write more about this soon.
- “What is Lean Six Sigma?” by Mike George, Dave Rowlands, Bill Kastle. A good summary of the Lean Six Sigma approach to the world.
- “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A classic work that cost me nothing! It was great to read something not connected with Entrepreneurship but that does highlight the value of being attentive to ones surroundings.
In fact reading on the Kindle is so convenient that I have even bought the Kindle version of “Thinking fast and slow” by Daniel Kahenman even though I own the paper book so I don’t have to carry it around with me. This highlights one small problem. It is too easy to buy books… just one click and the money has gone from your account and the book arrives on the Kindle five minutes later.
The only other issue I have is how to share a book with a friend. When I’ve bought a paper book I can lend it to as many people as I like (as long as they give me it back). With a Kindle this is not true. The book is locked to your account. To answer this issue, Amazon offer the option to loan your book for 14 days to someone else. I’m not sure I could read the 500 pages of “Thinking fast and slow” in that time frame!
I am still amazed by how great the display is in the dark (it has a backlight) and in full sunshine. And it is light – just imagine how heavy 2GB of books would be. I would estimate that 1MB of Kindle book relates to 500g in the real world. So a Kindle could hold nearly a tonne of paper (literally).
The last feature I’ll mention is the dictionary – click on a word and a dictionary will explain the meaning of the word. This was particularly useful with Doyle’s classic where archaic styles of clothing are described. Even better, later one can return to the dictionary to see which words one looked up…
So yes, after two months of use I would highly recommend the Kindle. In fact, given how easy it is to use compared to an iPad or Smart Phone, I am surprised how rarely I see them when travelling on trains and buses around Sydney.
Are there any books you’d like to see a review of? What would you recommend I should buy next?