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Friday, December 11, 2009

To Kindle or Not to Kindle...

That's the question I'm asking myself. The other day I was on Amazon and I decided I wanted a Kindle. I thought it would be cool. So I told my husband that's what I'd like for Christmas.

But then as the days went by I thought to myself: "Really? Holding what amounts to another computer in my hands while I read? As if spending all day on a laptop isn't enough. As if my nighttime routine doesn't already include powering down a computer after checking my emails one last time. Do I really need another electronic gadget?"

The thing is, I love books. I love book covers and book jackets and dog earing pages. I love holding a book in my hands. I love going back to read phrases I enjoyed. Replace that with a "device"? No way.

So a few days later I told my husband that I decided I didn't want a Kindle.

But apparently I was too late, because the next day a box from Amazon arrived in the mail and it was addressed to him. And it was the exact same shape as a Kindle.

Now I'm wondering if he'll send it back or not. And I'm torn. It would be great for traveling because I usually take 3 or 4 books with me on vacation. Unfortunately my vacations also include beaches and water and sailboats. Do I really want to have to be careful with my "book" when I'm reading? Do I really need another thing that requires technical support when I'm having problems?

Not to mention the guilt factor. I love my local bookstore. But if I'm buying ebooks off of Amazon, I'll feel like I'm screwing them out of a sale. And we need local bookstores!

If you have a Kindle or ereader, what are your thoughts? If you don't, why not?


Jennifer Echols said...

A lot of people love their Kindles and I'm so glad they have the option, but I do not understand it at ALL. To me personally, it seems like a solution to a problem that didn't exist, and it is actually worse than what we had before--like the bagless vacuum cleaner, and pointy-toed shoes.

Stephanie Kuehnert said...

^^^^ what she said! Yeah, I don't see the point. I love my books. I love the feel of them, the smell of them. Sure my house is incredibly crowded with them, but oh well. The only purpose I would possibly see is traveling, but it just doesn't happen enough to be worth it.

Oh and like you, I feel that staring at screen like I do all day, would defeat the relaxing purpose of a book.