I love books. Specifically paper books. I feel comforted surrounded by stacks of books piled up around me. I get a tiny thrill every time I set my eyes upon my four by four cube bookshelf with all the pretty books lined up. Building my library is something I take seriously. When I buy books I am usually thoughtful about it, taking care with what will end up on my shelf. I make lists. Books of lists I want to read, books to check out, books to own.
E-readers exploded onto the scene a while back. Practically all of my book loving friends have one. It is not something I have ever coveted. Actually, I sort of vehemently didn’t want one. I didn’t think they were bad, I just didn’t see the point in having one because I want to own physical books. I like reading library books. What would I do with an electronic device?
Well, I’ll tell you.
Since I received a Kindle as a Christmas gift from my dad, I have fallen a little in love.
Mainly, I read the New York Times on it. I LOVE this. No bulky paper to contend with. No searching for the rest of an article. No paper delivery. I wake up in the morning and the current issue instantly uploads. I also like that every issue is archived. If I want to go back and check something, or catch up on yesterday’s unfinished issue, all I have to do is check the archives. I don’t have to contend with stacks of papers littering the coffee table. Or scraps I’m saving cluttering drawers.
In reading books on the Kindle, I have discovered that not only is it so much easier to read during my daily commute, it is so much easier for me to put a book down. I am person that gobbles books. I am always saying, one more chapter! One more chapter! Sometimes it is painful to tear myself away from a book. Especially books written by Nora Roberts or teen vampire series. However, when reading such a book on the Kindle (which I have, my first book was the final book in the Roberts Bridal Quartet series) I can’t tell where the next chapter begins. I can shut it off instantaneously and not feel that painful tug. I feel a little disconnect because it’s not an actual book. That’s a good thing.
It is also much easier to read while eating lunch. Instead of wrestling to get the book to stay flat, the Kindle is already flat and compact. I don’t have to worry about dirtying pages. All I have to do is touch a finger to a button.
So while I won’t stop buying books or checking them out, the Kindle serves a great purpose. I reserve it for reading the newspaper. The books I purchase on it are books I don’t care to have in paper form. And I have to admit-it is supremely satisfying to hit the buy button and have a book downloaded in literally less than sixty seconds. Actually, it’s pretty awesome.
Suffice it to say, I was quite surprised how much I ended up enjoying my little e-reader. It definitely doesn’t replace my real paper books, but it is another tool in my reading arsenal.
What are your thoughts on e-readers? Do you have one? How do you use it? Are you against them?