Thanks for the welcome, Jehane. Couldn't agree more on the subject of parallel imports; a decision that benefited a small minority and disadvantaged a huge majority. Books should not be a luxury purchase!
I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my Kindle, which I ordered after getting a lot of wise advice from contributors here. It's been despatched at last, so I hope to take delivery next week (although I'm not allowed to use it until Christmas!). I look forward to reporting back here.