Congratulations to Téa Obreht for winning the Orange Prize 2011 with her debut novel, The Tiger's Wife. The youngest prize winner, she is just 26, and English is her second language, so an amazing achievement. The Orange Prize is awarded to celebrate the best in women's writing for that year.
Do you notice the gender of the author when you pick up a book? How does that change what you're expecting from the author?
I always find the Orange shortlist interesting, and I tend to buy the winner to see what the judges liked. This year things were a little different. I was on twitter when it was announced, and I instantly bought it on my Kindle. 60 seconds to get the latest prize winner, hot off the - well I guess not the press.
I've had the Kindle for nearly two months now, and I am becoming an addict. It is a very different reading experience to reading a book, there are advantages and disadvantages. The most obvious advantage is that I no longer have to sacrifice my back when I pack up for a journey. Like a lot of book people, the fear of being stranded on a train without a book to read is greater than the need to walk without dragging a huge bag with me, but post-Kindle, I am covered with ease.
I dislike not being able to see two pages at once, I realise now that I read in swirls, drifting somewhat at random over two pages.
I have found there are books I want to read on screen, and others that I must read in book form. I was surprised to find less books available in Kindle editions than I was expecting. The free books are an intriguing mix of sample chapters, classics, and self-published novels, and choosing one is rather rummaging through books at a jumble sale. I can't share a book I've just read, which is infuriating.
I can't see stopping wanting to acquire books - despite the still teetering towers around me - but I've become used to the Kindle, and I can't imagine life without it now.