Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Books aren't Dead, they're paperless.

I will never, ever forget the feel of a book in my hands. The way the pages are soft beneath my fingers, the scent of ink and old libraries. I love the thickness, a tribute to the author's hard work. I love seeing how far I've gotten, reading the inscriptions on the back, seeing the author's picture. My love of books will stay with me for a lifetime, but for now, the Kindle is one of the most amazing presents of my life. It came from Santa-David.

I probably read on book per week, since I spend so much time on the ferry and bus. Add that to my very heavy backpack stuffed with a laptop, power cord, and radio equipment, and it was a recipe for sore shoulders. The Kindle is small, lightweight, and versatile. If I finish a book, I can download another within seconds. I have a subscription to the New York Times, Time Magazine, and Dr. Weil's column. Each of these things refreshes every morning, so I have so much diversity in what I read. I love that when I lay in bed to read on my side, I don't have to worry about clunky pages getting in the way. I also have a bad habit of folding books and breaking their spine, and it makes me feel guilty. The Kindle lasts for hours on one battery charge, and you don't have to pay for the Internet to get a new book. You can get Internet almost everywhere, since it relies on the Sprint network. It's an amazing little piece of technology.

However, books will always have a place in my life. I love looking at my bookshelf, loaning copies to friends. I love the abundance of bookstores and libraries. At some point, I would like to collect hardcover editions of my favorite books, and put them in a library.

For now, The Kindle is one of my favorite electronic devices. It's easy to use. I just have to be very, very careful not to break it or drop it. You know how I am.


McJumpguez said...

Holy crap. I just looked at that thing online! Wow. I'm not sure if I'd be able to use it though, my eyes start hurting when I stare at a screen too long. I'll have to check it out when I come visit. I'm glad you like it, it seems pretty perfect for you!

Kristin said...

By the way, the technology is such that it looks like a piece of paper, so it doesn't hurt the eyes at all. A computer screen would kill my eyes. You have to use light to read it, its not backlit, and you can even read it in direct sunlight.

Dan-Eric Slocum said...

Having my own Kindle McJumpguez I can honestly say it doesn't hurt the eyes because of what Kristin outlined.

PLUS. Here's the bonus. You can adjust the font so it's larger. It's VERY easy to read, AND mark pages or highlight passages.

I've had it for over a year and have read a LOT of books on it. Of course I'll never give up *real* books, though. There's just something about the feel in my hand of a hardcover book.

McJumpguez said...

Well then I must say, I'm intrigued. Sometimes I hate lugging around large hard backs!

Paula said...

It is a very cool device! If I ever have time to read again LOL I will look into it. Seems perfect for commuting.