A Newly Kindled Love
To Kindle, or not to Kindle? That is the question. Buy MY question is, why is it an Either/Or idea for many people? Surely, there is room in your library for both your favorite e-reader AND your favorite printed books? I wouldn’t be without my Kindle, now that I have discovered the many pleasures it provides, but I also love my floor to ceiling library shelves, filled with my treasured books and magazines. And isn’t it wonderful that I don’t have to choose between them? Maybe you don’t, either. Consider this…for many of us, there is nothing quite like the look, feel and even the smell of a new book. I am a huge fan of good cover art, and consider my print books to be an intrinsic part of my home decor. And I confess to walking by stacks of books and stopping just to run my fingertips over the art on the prettiest ones. I know just how much I’m going to enjoy settling down in the Comfy Chair later, selecting one of those beauties, and turning to Page 1. I would never give away all my real books, or stop buying new ones, especially if I am reading a good series. I need to have the whole set lined up in a perfect row, to admire, re-read, and to share with others later. Books that I have owned for years are old friends, and I treasure each and every one of them.
Why then would I consider using an e-reader? LOTS of reasons. The first things that come to mind are convenience, lower cost or even free books, and instant gratification. Many times, I finish Book 1 of a series at midnight, and am so eager to know what happens next, I instantly order Book 2 on my Kindle, and am continuing in my story within mere minutes. There’s nothing like having that option. Another thing I enjoy with the Kindle is how comfortable it is to hold and use. I have a bit of arthritis in my thumbs, and honestly, some paperbacks I’ve read lately seem to be GLUED together down the center of the book. Holding them open for an hour or two at a time can be painful. The Kindle is so lightweight, and a mere flick of the thumb turns the pages. That can be a very good thing. Plus I can adjust the font size and page color to suit my needs.
This is not meant to be a Buyer’s Guide by any means, but there is a reason I’m still using the older Kindle, rather than the new Kindle Fire or the Nook. I don’t get color on my Kindle, but what I do get is a reading surface that is almost identical to printed paper. Yes, I need a lamp to read by, because it isn’t backlit like a computer or smart phone. But that very thing is what makes it so much easier on my eyes. In an ideal world, I’d have TWO readers…one for magazines and other publications where color is desirable, and where reading a short article isn’t a problem. And one for reading for hours and hours without eyestrain.
If you decide you want to invest in a reader, I hope these comments will give you something to think about when you are making the choice that will work best for you.
Whether you choose to stick with the printed page, or get a wee bit more high tech with an e-reader, the most important thing is to make time for reading. Nothing enriches your life more!
How do YOU feel about e-readers? Why?