Ah…the Kindle. Or Nook. Or any other e-Reader. They can generate a lot of passion, either for or against. I’ve been on both sides of that particular argument, so I thought it might be interesting to write about my Kindle Paperwhite, six months later.
For those of you who don’t necessarily follow Mockingbird Hill Cottage, let me get you up to speed. I will admit, with total honesty, that there was a long period of time where I was vociferously against these new-fangled contraptions. A bit of back story: several years ago, my sister bought me one of the early versions of a Nook because I was away from home working for a long period of time. She thought, and rightly so, that it would help me, in that I could always have access to some sort of reading matter. I liked it and used it while I was away. I still bought books, however, and when I say books on this post, I mean the three-dimensional kind.
After I returned home, I went back to books. Let’s be frank here, there’s nothing like holding an actual book in your hands. Nothing like turning an actual page, or looking at a book jacket or marveling over the binding. I love all of that. I love seeing books on bookshelves. That, to me, makes for the most beautifully decorated home – books. On bookshelves. On tables. Stacked on a counter. Books immediately draw me in. If I visit someone for the first time and I see bookshelves full of books? I automatically like that person. I am over there checking out all the books as soon as I can pull it off with a modicum of grace.
And no, I do not and will not turn the books so that the spines are facing inward instead of outward. Or cover them with nondescript neutral book jackets in order to ‘style’ a shelf. I digress. But I can’t help it. That really irritates me.
I have a vast book collection. So vast, mind you, that there are boxes and boxes of them in the shed, no doubt smelling quite musty at this point. We live in a small cottage. There is only so much room for books here. I manage to cram them in wherever I can, but I give away lots of them twice a year when I donate them to our local library book sale. If I didn’t do that, they would have taken over the house by now and I would be in an episode of Hoarders.
Last fall, my husband started talking about wanting a Kindle Paperwhite. I encouraged him, saying that it might be a great idea for a Christmas present.
I did a little research and I liked what I saw. The Paperwhite’s screen was much more readable than my Nook had been. It was affordable. Don already has a laptop, as do I, so he wasn’t interested in getting a Kindle with online capability.
A funny thing happened. I realized that I wanted one, too. I admitted it rather sheepishly to my husband. My previously set-in-stone beliefs were changing.
Cut to the chase: we gave each other Kindles for Christmas. And then I had to ‘fess up on the blog and admit that I had one.
What do I think, six months later?
I love it. Here’s why:
• I can get a book that I want immediately.
• e-Books are often less expensive than hardcover books. Considerably less expensive.
• Many ‘classics’ cost less than a dollar or are free.
• I review a lot of books and my Kindle gives me access to book galleys for review purposes. I often have the option of choosing between the e-Book version or a 3-dimensional version, and if I’m not sure I’m going to like it, I will go with the e-Book. That way, instead of a book taking up valuable real estate in the cottage, I can just delete it from the Kindle.
• I can go away for a period of time to work, as I just did, and have several titles on the Kindle ready and waiting to read. No more packing books, which, let’s face it, take up a lot of room.
• The screen is fabulous. Really easy to read. And you can adjust the font size.
• It’s lightweight and easy to hold.
I’m a convert. But, that doesn’t mean that I no longer buy books. Are you kidding me? I could never stop buying books! The Kindle just gives me more options. I can’t afford to be driving to the bookstore and buying full-price books all of the time, though there was a time not so long ago when I did just that. In my dreams, with a much larger income and a much larger house, I would. But the reality is that I’m on a very tight budget and I have to do what I can to save money.
Besides, even if I had that dream home and income, I’d still have my Kindle.
I still support my local independent bookseller. I still love nothing more than to while away a couple of hours at a bookstore.
And let’s not forget the library. I love our local library and use it often. Just as I did as a kid, I love checking out a stack of books. And most libraries are now lending e-Books. Amazing.
I’ve found that I can use a Kindle, buy a book from the bookstore, and go to the library. They all play together quite nicely.
So, what do you think? Do you have an e-Reader? Do you read books and e-Books? Or are you staying away from e-Readers? How do you obtain most of your reading matter? Do tell.