Who’d have thought…
That I would fall desperately in love with the device that is killing real life bookstores and the very real enemy of the printed book.
It’s true. I love it!
Rest assured dear books in my shelves, there is always a prime position in my heart for you too.
What do I love about the Kindle?
…Me, who until late last year, did not want one of those ‘awful’ book-killing devices.
Well, for one, I can carry a whole pile of books with me in my bag wherever I go.
My beside-the-bed pile is not nearly as towering as it has been in the past.
There are also free books waiting to be found…admittedly some of them are duds but if you are prepared to dig deep you may just discover a gem.
No more printing of ebooks. I hate reading on screen. Anything more than one screen length and I’ll print it to read it. Shhh, don’t tell my Hubby. He hates when I ‘waste’ printer ink.
The e-ink screens are amazing. I didn’t imagine it would look so much like a book. I couldn’t understand the hype until I saw one for myself. They are GOOD!
I love the ease of highlighting and making notes…remember, I’m not a fan of writing in books. In my mind it’s criminal. But ‘writing’ in a Kindle is perfectly acceptable and highly encouraged.
OH and it has a dictionary. I just have to move the cursor to the word and it puts the definition at the top or bottom of the page. No one really ever gets up and pulls out the real dictionary, but moving a cursor is easy peasey. No more skipping over words because I’m too lazy to look them up. Hehehe.
Hey, I can even set it to read to me if my eyeballs get too tired. Yes, really.
Oh and when you get old, like me, you can make the text as big as you need. Hehehe. If grandparents could use this new fandangled technology it would be perfect for them.
The most intriguing part of Kindle reading, or any e-reader reading I suppose, is that it makes me focus more. Don’t ask me to explain it. All I know is that focusing only on the text on that one section of a page helps me ‘see’ it. Generally I’m a speed reader, reading for the general gist of a text and not all the minute details. It’s who I am…a big picture gal, and not a nitty gritty details gal. But this Kindle thingie is doing odd things to my reading style. I’m focusing more. I can’t see how much I’ve read, how much more I’ve got to read, the neighbouring page or even everything on that one page. I can only see and read the one section in front of me and for some reason I’m ‘seeing’ it in an altered way. Reading the Bible on the Kindle is fantastic as a result. I’m not scanning or skimming but slowing down and letting the words marinate in my mind. Have any other e-reading folk experienced such a thing?
Do I think e-readers will be the death of printed books? I hope not. I’ve found the Kindle great for fiction and non-fiction novels and the Bible but I don’t like it at all for picture books of any kind. I have an iPad for colour reading and I still feel like I’m missing the magic of the illustrations and photos. Maybe time will change my mind, but at this point I’d be devastated if the printed book died out. But who knows. I didn’t think I’d ever want or like one of these ‘printed book killers’ either but here I am making room in my heart for my new beloved.
It’s only downfall is that it’s not gorgeous like a bookshelf and you really can’t decorate your house with them. But in its defense, it doesn’t collect dust either so I suppose I can overlook it’s only flaw. 🙂