Amazon Kindle seemed like a good idea from the start; a wireless library of books that could travel with you virtually anywhere. Of course, like many products in corporate America, they leave room for improvement. And thus, the evolution begins with the newly released, second version of Amazon Kindle. In addition to its already slim and lightweight format, the improved model boasts a longer battery life, an upgraded display with shades of gray (a much needed feature) for a better image, expanded storage (holds over 1500 books), faster page turning, and a text-to-speech capability that reads the books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers out loud. But, what some people don’t realize is that some books are just better made for kindle. Loads of pictures and fancy formats look beautiful in print, but don’t translate into the kindle world. Practicality wins out in the wireless age, which is why the health and nutrition books listed below are good ones to enjoy with an original Kindle or the new Kindle 2 …
Gluten-Free Girl – This is one of the few novel-like books you will find on special diets. It may say gluten-free in the title, but the topics covered will hit home with just about anyone who follows a “free-from” diet for health reasons. A few strategically placed recipes can be found in this book, but it is mostly a good read.
Let’s Eat Out – While I have my gripes with some of the inaccuracies in these little books, they are wonderful options to have on hand for those with food intolerances and sensitivities who like to travel and/or eat out frequently. This book series is mainly geared toward gluten-free consumers, but other special dieters will surely find some useful tips.
Go Dairy Free – This book is filled with milk-free recipes that you can tote with you to the kitchen, no dairy ingredient and product lists you may want to reference at the store, and briefs of health information that will keep you occupied while sitting in waiting rooms, all in a simple, Kindle-friendly format.
This Crazy Vegan Life – Author Christina Pirello is pro-vegan and pro-dairy-free, and she doesn’t dance around that fact. Like Go Dairy Free, this is a half informational book, half cookbook option, making it better suited to the Kindle user. Of note though, the print book does include a few useful images that won't carry over to Kindle, but the overall usefulness of the Kindle version is still largely present.
Omnivore's Dilemma – In my personal opinion, understanding food becomes that much more important when you have need to follow a special diet … and no one digs deeper into the topic than Michael Pollan. This book and his most recent book, In Defense of Food, are great additions to any foodie Kindle library.
While full-blown cookbooks theoretically sound like good kindle choices (who doesn’t want an easy way to tote those recipes to the kitchen and to the store to keep from forgetting ingredients), many cookbooks are filled with too many off-centered pictures, tips, and columns that get muddled and lost in the kindle format. For coffee table cookbooks, stick with print versions, but for informational special diet books and simply formatted cookbooks (such as those recommended above), going with Kindle versions can be a convenient and less expensive option.
Amazon Kindle 2 is available via Amazon, and Kindle books can be ordered from Amazon at anytime for instant download to your Kindle.