Parchment killed cave wall scribbles. Books killed parchment. Kindles killed the book. Fin.
Well, actually, not fin. Books are still very much alive - our local Waterstones hasn’t been converted into a vape bar quite just yet - and ebook readers, while obviously more convenient than lugging around an entire collection of Harry Potter fan fiction - still aren’t ideal for slipping into your pocket.
Oh, hello smartphone.
Yep, it’s all too easy to forget that the smartphone - our Pocketable Happiness Portal which bring us cat gifs, memes Tinder matches and more - is also capable of beaming words into your brain.
No, we’re not going to stand here and outright lie - a Kindle (or any other decent ereader) is still obviously going to offer you a more comfortable reading experience thanks to a combination of a larger screen, the ability to be read easily in direct sunlight, and a much longer battery life, but a smartphone is on you at all times, and still offers a more than comfortable way to devour words on the go.
From delayed trains, to an OAP counting out pennies at the till in Tesco, a good book instantly available on your smartphone should help soothe bubbling rage and boredom in equal measure.
Kindle (Android, iOS, ₹free)
If you’re a real book addict then it’s well worth considering forking out ₹199 a month for Kindle Unlimited, which can be accessed on Amazon’s Kindle app.
If your nerd senses are tingling then you can opt for a full year membership for ₹1,799, which would essentially reduce to ₹149.92 per month.