I have probably written about this item before, but it's worth a repeat. I was enjoying a discussion last weekend with a legendary sailor friend (Whitbread winner and Navigator of the Year 1978) who is probably the most knowledgeable sailor I have ever met. We were talking navigation, sextants, RDFs, GPS and other such things during my visit to he and his wife on their Hunter Passage 42.
The subject changed to what we thought is the best modern development to make life easier and more enjoyable aboard. With little argument the consensus was the Amazon Kindle. Gone are the days of stinky, yellowed pages, stuck together by time and salt air. In my case my Kindle took the place of over 100lbs (50kg) of novels.
I still have many reference works on board, but for recreational and educational reading, there is nothing better than an e-reader. My Kindle has never failed me and it is now almost 8 years old.
The books I have on there (some of which may have arrived through 'the back door') would fill a decent sized library.
I could still sail with a sextant, an RDF, and a lead line if push-came-to-shove. But the Kindle's place in my sailing life is not negotiable.
"if at first you don't succeed....Redefine success"!