Monday, August 9, 2010

The Internal Dilema of the Kindle

I lust after the Kindle and often try to rationalize my deep down need for one. I travel a lot. If only I didn't have to lug War & Peace around maybe I would read it. It takes me a solid week to get myself to the book store to even buy my next book club read every month. You would think the way my Blackberry is crazy glued to my palm, I would have jumped on the Kindle ages ago, but I always end up at the same conclusion. Some things just don't need a technology upgrade.

What happens to all the books?? How can I justify having whole walls of bookshelves with no books? I love the way they smell. The way they feel in your hands when you flip the pages. The notes you write to yourself in the margins and laugh at later. What about digging through piles in old bookstores and pulling out a dusty old gem with a beautiful inscription written in the cover? Piles of old discarded Kindles? I don't think so.

But to all of you with the cool Kindles, I hope you have them in equally fantastic covers. I'll be at the library if you need me.

Oh look, I can rationalize my need for a scooter while pulling out my Kindle, perfect.



Even DVF loves the Kindle with a little zebra print

8 comments:

  1. Great post! I had - and continue to have - the same debate about my kindle.I still don't have the answer, and it kills me every time I look at my bookshelves and think about the last time I was in a bookstore. But the convenience factor is just so nice, and as my life gets busier and busier, I worry I wouldn't read even half as much if I didn't have my kindle in my bag.

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  2. As a Kindle owner, I can safely say I split the difference. I've always bought books that I had no intention of keeping forever. Then I end up making a trip to the library to donate boxes of books that don't fit on my shelves. Books I'd donate anyway I just download now.

    One of the greatest features of the Kindle is that there are a ton of books that are free to download. Mostly classics, but some new stuff, too. And you can read the first 20 or so pages of every book before you buy.

    I don't have a cool cover though, so if you're interested in buying a cover before you buy the Kindle, I'm happy to be your guinea pig for functionality.

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  3. I'm with you Abby. I don't think I'll ever forsake my books for an e-reader.

    I'm addicted to the feel, smell and experience of holding a book and reading it. It's a relationship with the story - a process. I love seeing and re-reading books I've read with their broken spines, dog-eared pages and scads of barely-legible notes. With an e-reader, where would I draw my reference maps and family trees? Where would I have people sign the books I lend out over and over again? For that matter, how would I lend out my e-books?

    I don't think badly of those who choose the e-readers. It will just never be fore me.

    Meet you at the library A.

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  4. Until you commit to a Kindle, or Santa comes down your chimney (you have one!), when you travel, you could consider downloading to your mp3 player through the DMV Public Library system. Call MWG for technical assistance.

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  5. I have this same struggle! In fact, I sort of discussed it with a client over the phone today. I think I'm with you, though. Viva la biblioteca

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  6. I am sticking with the real deal... though I have "experimented" (just once!) with the Kindle. It was alright.. I might try it again in a pinch, but overall just not my thing. John gets his satisfaction on the road with his Kindle. That said, we still end up in the bookstore at least once a month and he indulges in his paper fix. A little of this... a little of that. It's okay to have it both ways! I gotta say that those covers you posted though are quite sexy! :) :)

    Okay, I might be having a little too much fun with this comment. LOL I should get back to reading this month's book club book cause I have over 200 pages to go and we meet this week. Ack! See you soon.

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  7. I am sticking with the real deal... though I have "experimented" (just once!) with the Kindle. It was alright.. I might try it again in a pinch, but overall just not my thing. John gets his satisfaction on the road with his Kindle. That said, we still end up in the bookstore at least once a month and he indulges in his paper fix. A little of this... a little of that. It's okay to have it both ways! I gotta say that those covers you posted though are quite sexy! :) :)

    Okay, I might be having a little too much fun with this comment. LOL I should get back to reading this month's book club book cause I have over 200 pages to go and we meet this week. Ack! See you soon.

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  8. I am in love with the polka dots picture frame skin.

    -Zane of ontario honey

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