I would have used the adage “Gardening by the book” in reference to obeying the foundational garden principles set before us, but it seems like “books” are losing their grip on the reading populus. Instead, many technologically-savvy gardeners are turning to the Kindle, Amazon.com’s answer to paperless manifestos.

For those who have no idea what the Kindle is, you may want to brush up on some techno lingo here before reading on. In a nutshell, it’s an electronic device created by the guys at Amazon.com that enables books to be purchased, downloaded and read within the confines of the gadgetry known as the Kindle.

The beauty of the Kindle is that it’s portable, apparently reads like paper and offers a long-lasting battery ensuring that you’ll be able to finish your favourite novel without having to power-up just before the climactic ending. Just like a book, it can be read on the train to work, or on a plane, in bed or even when lounging in your favourite rope hammock on a sunny weekend.

Yet what makes the Kindle so distinct, and desirable, is the fact that there are so many great gardening books now being published for it. Actually, many of the best-selling gardening books are now available via the Kindle ensuring that the upcoming holiday season may truly be that – a holiday.

Books such as Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities, The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World are all there, ready and waiting for your instant download.

Yet, you are probably wondering whether buying this technology is going to save you money – as it should. Alas, many of the Kindle versions are similar in price to their paper-based counterparts. And this is where it comes a little unstuck. Surely a technology-based application should be cheaper than paper? The obvious saving is the paper itself not to mention the printing and ink charges. Transportation is limited as well as Amazon doesn’t need to take physical stock so why the same prices?

Maybe they’re hoping that we are so enamoured with the technological aspects that we’ll pay more for them. I just hope that the authors are getting a bigger cut.

Regardless of this the Kindle is sure to be a great stocking filler this Christmas – and honestly, who doesn’t want one?