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 Magrudy's 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, Snapchat 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 flights, to an absurdly long Spinney's queue, a good book instantly available on your smartphone should help soothe bubbling rage and boredom in equal measure.
Kindle (Android, iOS)
If you’re a real book addict then it’s well worth considering forking out US$9.99 a month for Kindle Unlimited, which is essentially Spotify for ebooks and audiobooks, which can be accessed on Amazon’s Kindle app.
Sign up for the 30-day free trial and have a look at the selection of books on offer before deciding to stick with it, mind, because the selection is limited when compared to Amazon’s gargantuan literary library.