I was given a Kindle 3G wireless reader as a gift and wasn’t sure how I’d like it. Well, I do. It’s slim, lightweight and easy to use. And I think it has great applications for do-it-yourself projects around the house.
Over the past couple of years, construction reference book publishers have released popular home improvement books in e-book format so customers can instantly download them. Titles like Green Home Improvement, The Homeowner’s Guide to Mold, and How Your House Works are now available and give homeowners the option of choosing e-book formats for their home improvement reference guides. The e-versions are $5-$10 cheaper than their paperback versions and you can take them easily with you wherever you go: the hardware store, between your beach house and your city house, or down the block to help a neighbor.
An abundant offering of interior design and decorating e-books are available as well. Everything from Paula Dean’s Savannah Style to Feng Shui for Dummies® and Libby Langdon’s Small Space Solutions. Even professional reference guides for interiors can be purchased with essential codes, regulations and standards.
But it’s the cookbook offerings that really get my attention. No more bulky cookbooks in the kitchen with food stains covering up measurements and oven temperatures. The new Cook’s Illustrated How-to-Cook Library, Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?, even Julia Child’s Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom. Downloaded and ready for cooking in seconds. Just slip it in a baggie and you’re free from food stains.
And that baggie, by the way, does double duty for those of us who enjoy reading a good novel in the bathtub.
text by Ann D. Travers