11 March 2011

Me and my Kindle!

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....


Nicole said...

*sigh* having total kindle envy at the moment ;p I'm still making do with Kindle for PC... you really can't snuggle in bed with your PC!! Can't wait to get mine, am saving my pennies :)

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Anonymous said...

We use the library, borrow crime novels off mum, I read Anna's books or buy second hand. Ngaire now reads. She has just finished the Twilight novels and is reading City of Bones. When I was sick I read a novel every 3 days. I re-read all my Elisabeth Gouge novels and some new McCaffrey ones. Can't imagine a world without books but so many people cannot read off a screen. My boss can't and has to print things in order to edit them. xxx Fiona

Judie said...

I read on my iPad (before I sold it) or my iPhone. LOVE IT! Bought my brother-in-law a Kindle for Christmas, bought my husband one for his birthday. Got sister-in-law hooked and she bought one - niece bought one. :)

Love the skins for them - they make the grey look so much prettier. Love how small and light they are, even compared to my ipad. I'll be getting an iPad2 in a few weeks so it will be a LITTLE lighter compared to the old one. But I love my games, too, so ........ And it's easier to navigate than a Kindle. But, if I didn't have an iPad or iPhone I'd be getting a Kindle.

For us Diana Gabaldon lovers *G* the Kindle or equivalent is a lifesaver - 8 less pounds - hahahahaha.