Just the basic one, not the Fire or Touch or Onethatcostsasmuchasanipad. And I feel a little weird. Like I’m betraying my childhood of paperbacks and hardcovers. Like I’m ushering a new era of not being able to judge a person by their (book)covers when I enter their home. Empty bookshelves, shudder. As a print journalism grad who has interned for several print papers, I feel a special connection to the tactile reading experience. (Though as a news junkie, the online news aggregates are so good to my addiction.)
I guess I’m one of those people. Technology haters. People who can’t cope with change. People who resisted cassette tapes, then CDs, then iTunes. And I’m not even 25. These are my years to be wildly embracing new ideas and flagrantly ignoring my elders with my passion for forward motion. Right. I don’t know when this moved from kindles to social fights.
Reasons I was reluctant to purchase a Kindle
1) Even though I don’t frequently reread books, I like to have them around. To lend. To stare at.
2) The tactile experience of a book. The smell. Older editions. Bent page corners.
3) My sister’s kindle died a few months after she got it last year. (Granted we had dragged it around on our three weeks of traveling through Morocco. Buses, Peace Corps hosts, etc.)
4) The idea of one day traveling Public Transport and seeing everyone read on their tiny machines is disturbing. Less people-watcher friendly (I like to know what my fellow passengers are reading). Too futuristic. Though I suppose I should just be happy that people are still reading. And it’s not like the metro is filled with people glued to books now.
5) I’m bad at technology. You can’t freeze or break a paperback.
I have never had a trip to a bookstore that I regretted. I have my favourite little rebel stores around town with their “whatever we feel like” selection and their “support local business” bookmarks. But I also love B & N and (rest in peace) Borders. So corporate, etc, but so much candy for my eyes and hands! It’s like walking into a sex shop, only for literature geeks. Everything is bright and tantalizing! The covers, the shelves, the books!
And it’s the only store where you can go in, sit down, and if you have the time, get full free use of their product, just like you would at home, and nobody bats an eye. You can got read the books! And you only pay if you decide to take it home! How is that sound business practise?
Reasons I ignored my qualms and purchased a Kindle
1) They’re cheap. Or relatively cheap. ($80.00) Cheaper than they were. (Though apparently my dad’s first massive calculator that could only do sums was over a hundred dollars, so that’s how it works). This includes a ton of free books available for downloading.
2) Every time I visited their site, Amazon was in my face about buying one. I only have so much will power.
3) I am embarking on a major move and am only bring two suitcases. I cannot pack my books if I want to have winter clothing.
4) They really do seem nifty. They have built in WiFi and a dictionary. They remember page numbers. You have instant access to many (thousands?) titles.
5) The actual reason: I’ve been researching life as an expat in S. Korea and discovered that English books are hard and expensive to come by. There’s no way I can live for a year without access to books in my own language. Also, I joined a wine and book club in Korea and this is the best (only?) way to keep up with the reading.