Then I noticed that you can download the Kindle software 'for PC' free from Amazon. So I did just that, downloaded the book onto my little netbook and now I can read it on the sofa, in bed, or on the train. Don't know how easy it will be on the eye, but it's an experiment. Oh, and I got three free e-books from Amazon at the same time. Great!
And The Book? It's called Snowdrops, by A.D. Miller, set in Russia. Apparently he was a journalist - correspondent for the Economist in Moscow, so knows his subject. Had a peek at the first pages before I bought and it looks good.