The weirdness of Kindle

I am, and have always been, an early adopter.  I have a Kindle and absolutely love it.  I use it a bit less now that I also have an iPad, but I use both.  I read more on the iPad when my wife is trying to sleep, since it has a backlight.

My only complaint, up until this point, is that it’s hard to flip back.  When I can’t remember if I’ve seen a certain character before, or want to check something from the beginning, it’s much easier in a paperback or hardback to quickly scan pages.  It’s not easy on the Kindle or iPad, no matter what anyone else tells you.

This weekend, however, I stumbled upon a second issue.  I have no idea how long a book is when I’m reading it digitally.

Sure, there’s some meter at the bottom which tells you you’re 63% done.  Or, Location 6712-6745  – whatever that means.  But there’s no real sense of length.

I bring this up because, while at my in-laws over Thanksgiving, I chose to read Stephen King’s Under the Dome.  I enjoyed it.  I even stayed up way too late on Saturday night to finish it.  But I had no idea it was freaking 1100 pages until after I got home.  Eleven hundred pages?!?!?!

I don’t know if it speaks to Mr. King’s skill that I didn’t realize it, or to my skills as a reader how quickly I finished it, but I think the whole thing might have gone down differently if I had any idea how long that book was.  I feel a little bit like Milo.  I don’t know whether this feature is a good thing or a bad thing.

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