Before we left we had bookshelves in every room of our house on nearly every wall. If you came to our Cocktail Tag Sale, you probably left with a stack of books. So what's a nomadic homeschooling family to do about those European baggage restrictions? Yes, exactly -- go Digital Nomad! Kindle. We love it. (I have to say here that we didn't actually buy it. It was a going away present from Brenna's father and his wife -- thank you Bob and Kim).
I'm not sure if I would have considered the Kindle if we weren't traveling, but now that we have one I never want to be without. There are four of us in the family, and in a world of unlimited disposable income, we'd have five Kindles. It already has more than sixty books on it, including, The Complete Mark Twain Collection and eveything Rick Steves has written about the areas we're traveling. We do the Rick Steves self guided tours around cities, Brenna reading from the Kindle as we go.
We got the Kindle just a few days before we left and each of us immediately downloaded a book. Then, when we hit Europe we weren't getting the Whispernet signal any more. Opps -- Europe wasn't covered by the Whispernet used in the original US version of the Kindle. This means no wireless downloads to the Kindle from Amazon. After a brief initial panic, I figured out that you can download from Amazon to your computer and then upload to the Kindle -- easy. Now however, there's a U.S. & International Wireless version. Even easier.
I will say, I think the Kindle is a bit pricey -- maybe too pricey at the current $259 for the Kindle 2 -- that would pay for a lot of tree-based books. The Kindle book prices are so-so at around $10 for newer ones. The real deal is on the classics like, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Treasure Island, which are both free.
Around bedtime someone usually shouts, "I call Kindle," and then there's an argument about who had it the night before. Some name calling and hair pulling. Then I say, "Fine you take it, just don't keep me awake."