A few days ago, I returned from a two-week vacation that involved a lot of traveling, both in airplanes and in cars. I brought along my Kindle (which I bought in late November), one trade paperback novel (Cold Magic by Kate Elliott), and the most recent issue of the SFWA Bulletin (the size of a slim magazine).
I still enjoy reading paper books a bit more than reading on my Kindle; it takes more effort for me to ignore the flash of a page turn on the Kindle than it does to simply turn a paper page. But for this sort of trip, where I’m gone for quite a while, the Kindle was invaluable; it weighs about what a book weighs, but takes up less room, and can hold an entire library.
One issue with the Kindle on airplanes is that you’re not allowed to use them during takeoff and landing. For my initial flight, I read the SFWA Bulletin, which I finished and discarded. On the return flight, I confess I slept most of the way, so it didn’t matter (I had the paperback, just in case).
For the most part, I read on the Kindle. I only read from the paperback in the evenings; it was too bulky to carry around in my purse. The Kindle kept me company while waiting in lines, on portions of the car journeys, and when waiting for everyone else to be ready to leave for the next destination.
My scattered activities favored the Kindle as well; I was able to switch among several different books, discarding a few free ones that I began but couldn’t get into reading, and skimming several for possible future review.
I charged the Kindle a day or so before I left. It still had battery life the day before I left, even though I’d used the wireless a number of times. To be safe, I recharged the night before I flew home.
It was a major boon not to have to find room for books in my luggage!