It was kind(le) of a rough week in Bookwormlandia. I was getting to the most dramatic part of Germinal, and my Kindle started acting crazy. At first, it was small things like not saving pages and frozen screens, but then it grew to more serious matters like instantaneous battery drain and disappearing archives and then vanishing books, including the aforementioned Zola book. I caught on pretty quickly that my Kindle wasn't just joking around with me. Troubleshooting efforts failed. Finally, horribly, I was confronted with the blank screen pictured above.
There was also a rough moment in which the Kindle was done for, I was at work, I'd finished my library book (The Game by Jack London) and I couldn't find a thing to read on the subway ride home. Madness!
Although I'd had my Kindle for more than a year, Amazon is sending me a new one that has been generously discounted. It will arrive sometime this week. I wish I knew why this one gave out after only 18 months. I did use it every day, but I was very careful with it and didn't abuse it in any way. It seems as if it should have lasted a little longer. Maybe I had too many books loaded on it? If that's the case, so much for whole library in my hands. I'm wondering if I do indeed need to invest in another Kindle, a backup Kindle, as my friend Teri suggested.
While waiting for the new Kindle, I've been ransacking my home library as well as the others in the area for shorter books that I can comfortably carry in my bag and read on the subway. This is also a prime opportunity to get back into audiobooks. In addition, it's a wake-up call to stock my office with some reading material so I don't get caught short again.