I never thought I’d see the day that I’d be writing this, but here goes:
I’ve bought a Kindle.
I’ve always sworn that I’d never go over to the dark side (!), but I have to eat my words, because a couple of weeks ago vI finally gave in and purchased a Kindle Paperwhite.
For the first few days, we just sat and looked at each other, somewhat malevolently, but I eventually downloaded a couple of books onto it (even writing the word ‘download’ in conjunction with the word ‘book’ makes me die a bit inside), and I am now halfway through actually reading a book on it.
So why did I buy it, I hear you cry?
Three reasons, really. Firstly, because with weight restrictions when flying these days, it’s more and more difficult to take my normal pile of 7 or 8 books with me on holiday. Secondly, many authors, including several of my favourites, seem to be releasing prequels or short stories only available on e-readers, and my inability to read these was starting to irritate me. Thirdly, a friend of mine who’s an avid reader and has always, like me, sworn against e-readers, got a Kindle for Christmas and has been singing its praises to such an extent that I just had to see what it’s all about.
My Initial Thoughts
1. I always carry a book with me wherever I go, and I have to say the Kindle is a lot lighter than a paperback to carry around.
2. I imagined that reading a book on an electronic screen would feel ‘soulless’, somehow. It does.
3. All the free and very cheap books available for Kindles? They’re free for a reason. I’ll leave you to figure that one out for yourself.
4. It’s easier than a real book to read in bed.
I didn’t expect to love it, and I don’t. But I think it will have its place in my life, and I will read books on it. I can say with utter certainty, however, that it will never replace my love of holding a ‘real’ book in my hands, and for me, will never replace proper books.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on e-readers – are you a convert to this new way of reading, or do you hate the idea?