Over the summer I started thinking about getting an e-reader. I kept talking about getting the Nook, but then kept going back to just getting nothing because I didn’t think I could let go of reading real books. I’ve always loved holding books, owning them, buying them. I love my bookshelves. BECAUSE THEY HOLD MY REAL BOOKS. How could I let that go for an e-reader? I couldn’t.
Luckily, my husband tends to tune me out a lot when I’m rambling, because he never heard me mention anything about e-readers.
He got me a Kindle for our anniversary. My first thought was: Haven’t I mentioned several times I didn’t think I could get into an e-reader because I would miss real books? My second thought was: Why didn’t he choose the Nook? That’s the one I’ve been leaning towards.
Thank god, too! Because I have ended up loving the Kindle with every ounce of my being.
Of course, it helps that I also joined a Book Club this summer. This would be my book club reading list. These books were either books for our monthly sessions or books the club read before I joined and had referenced in one of our gatherings. I’ve been trying to catch up so when they draw parallels I’m not left behind. This is what I’ve read since October for book club in the last 3-4 months.
But what makes me love the Kindle? Is the fact that I can read those books AND other books AT THE SAME TIME. I’ve always tended to end up having one or two (or three or four) books going at once, but that’s such a pain because you can’t carry them all around with you. But with the Kindle? You can. These are the other books I’m reading or planning to read.
And I always have all of these with me. ALWAYS. Because my Kindle goes with me almost everywhere. If I’m in the mood for a non-fiction? Or a book club book? Or a Young Adult book? I’ve got them all with me. This is what has been the thing I never really considered when worrying I’d miss my books. That I’d be able to read anytime, anywhere. I have read more since October than I did in the entire year before.
My point? I (heart) my Kindle. It has an app for my iPhone that I use a lot too when I’m trying to read in the dark. (The Kindle is like the Nook, not backlit, so not readable without light.)
I just wanted to share this because whenever I reference it on Twitter or Facebook someone asks me about it. Do I really like it? Do I miss books? I’ll tell you the main selling point for me. Donnie got me the one that has lifetime 3G, so as long as there’s 3G service (which there is in my house) I can buy new books immediately. Like when I finished The Girl Who Played With Fire – which had I crazy-ass cliffhanger – I immediately bought The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest. At 2am. If you’re impatient like me? This is a dream come true.
And so ends my love letter to my e-reader. You can move along now.