You know, I love my books. I really do. I love the feel of a brand new book, the smell of the paper, the flipping of the pages as I go along in the story. And I am such a hard cover snob; I really am. Authors I love and adore, I have to have their works in hardcover. No arguments, no exceptions. I get a hard cover for the first reading and the library (and the autograph if said author is on a booksigning tour) and I get the paperback for re-reads. And believe me, I do re-read.
But more and more, I'm turning to that ereader. Shocking, isn't it? A traditionalist like me could embrace that new technology with such a fire breathing passion? But I have.
See, almost a year and a half ago, I entered this contest for a site that was giving away a free second generation Kindle. It was pretty expensive at the time, $235 (for what later became the $139 model). Picture my shock when I got an email from the owner of the website that I'd won and would I give him my mailing address. Sure enough, a week later, I had it in hand.
It took me a while to get used to it. I didn't have that many books on it. Maybe a dozen or so. It wasn't until that I discovered the glory of free books--public domain books, first books in a series, promo stuff--and one of my favorite books came out free (that would be Outlander by Diana Gabaldon) that I really really started reading this thing like you would not believe. I got every single book in the Outlander series. I got every single book in the Temeraire (by Naomi Novik) series. I got all of the Oz books, the Anne of Green Gables books. I've found a new author (well, for me, anyway) by the name of Susan Higginbotham when her first book, The Traitors Wife was offered for free for a short time. I have since bought all of her books.
I've come to love this little intrusion into my life. Okay, sure, I miss turning the pages and the smell of the paper and ink. But the portability of the device--I can carry this thing with me everywhere and I have 200 books on it--it can hold up to 1500. It fits nicely in my purse and I can read anytime I like. I can take it on trips, I can sit at my desk quietly reading. And when I move again--which will happen, trust me--I don't have a bazillion boxes of books to move with me. I have my Kindle.
Will I eschew my hardcovers and paperbacks for this? Truth be told, with the cost of books as they are now? I buy physical copies of my favorite authors, the ones that I have loved for a long time. I will continue to get hardcovers of those books. But, I have been getting more and more ebooks lately...and loving them. I can have both, right? who says I have to go either/or.
So, before you slap down the Kindle, the Nook, the iPad, or any other e-reader, give it a try. You'll be surprised. And no, you don't have to give up your trusty tried and true. There's a place in the world for both formats and will be for a very long time.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to turn on my Kindle and read this new book I just got....