Why I never thought I’d get a Kindle

I’m not one of those people who has to have the latest gadget.

I try to be intentional about my life and as such, really question

a) whether I need it

b) if I want to pay what they are asking for it

c) whether my current solution is as good as the new thing

d) whether I will actually use the new thing

So….

I am a reader, a BIG reader. I read tons of books and have actively created time in my day, every day, to spend reading.

I’m also a very tactile person.

Long-time readers will remember that I’ve bought notebooks or bags, sometimes purely based on how lovely they feel to my touch.

(I’m not even ashamed to say this but recently in a stationery store I hauled out my daily planner and told a fellow shopper to “just feel it – it’s gorgeous”) 🙂

Anyway, back to reading.

I love the feel of a book in my hand, the smell of new pages and the experience of turning pages and using a bookmark, etc.

It’s all part of the experience for me.

Like holding a hot mug of tea is just as part of the experience of actually drinking the tea.

But….

I have been opening up my mind to the possibility of getting a Kindle.

My friend over at se7en told me that there are books you buy on a Kindle and then there are books you still need to buy to see and feel the gorgeous, glossy pages.

That sparked something in my mind.

I knew what she meant.

For me, this means the books I would typically sell to a second-hand bookshop or donate to charity are Kindle books and ones like the Pioneer Woman’s cookbook is something I would still buy a physical copy of.

So the other day in the office a colleague mentioned that her hubby was in the US and had just texted her about the Kindle he was getting for her.

Apparently I’d done all the processing I needed to because I piped up, “oh, can he please get one for me too?”

A few days later I am the proud owner of a beautiful white Kindle.

I have bought and downloaded tons of books already (they make it sooooo easy with the one-click) and can’t wait to go on holiday next week with the Kindle, instead of my usual stash of 4 – 5 books.

Imagine the space I’ll be saving!

If you have a Kindle, what is its name? Mine is a boring Marcia’s Kindle 🙂

Are you totally e-reading? Or do you also have books you must touch?

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Comments

  1. I LOVE MY KINDLE!!! LOL! Id been planning for a good couple of years now to get me one (fortunately for me I waited – or rather couldnt afford it at the time). Now its capable of handling SO many formats (more than most other e-readers out there I believe).
    So come my birthday (last year) hubby decides to suprise me with one!!! YAYYYYYY!!! /
    I think part of my initial procrastinating (besides it being so darned expensive) was my nostalgia for the ACTUAL book. The look, feel and smell… But hell, lets face it… With this puppy you can carry LOADS of books at the fraction of the weight and space – so all nostalgia aside I say “HAIL THE KINDLE!” 🙂

  2. I love gadgets, but I love my books (9 overflowing bookcases are my proof :-), so while I was intrigued by the Kindle when it debuted, I figured I loved my books too much. Now I’m giving serious thought to getting one. I probably will get one for all the reasons you noted, but I’m not quite there yet :-). Enjoy!

  3. Hi Marcia,

    I’ve actually been debating whether to get a Kindle or now, too. I’m a tactile person and like you enjoy the feel of a book in my hands. I also love my book shelves! LOL.

    However, not all books need to be held, that’s true. (Save trees? Good idea!)

    Not toting around all those books when traveling. Excellent point!

    I think you’ve just helped me make up my mind!

    Thanks.

  4. I love my Kindle because…

    1) I can carry several versions of the Bible to church.
    2) I can change the font style to make it easier to read.
    3) The Kindle versions of some books are cheaper than the paper version.
    4) The instant book purchase without having to buy two books to get free shipping.
    5) They have lots of free books you can download, too. I usually get one free book each time I buy one. (I think of it as 2 for the price of 1.)

    My Kindle is Pauline’s Book. :^)

    Enjoy!

    Polly Scott

  5. To be honest I have never even thought about getting one. My DH would LOVE one though and I suspect I am going to claim it as mine once he gets it. Am thinking of getting him one for his 40th. I think I will get myself one in the future. You’ve inspired me. Somehow I think I’ll get so much more reading done with a Kindle. Not to mention the financial savings on books.

  6. I’ve had mine for a year, and got my hub one in November. I love it! I’ve learned that some books are great digitally, others not so much. I made the mistake of buying Nourishing Traditions digitally, then realizing that cookbooks really need to be hard copy. So anything where I think I’m going to want to lay it out repeatedly (like a cookbook), or where the pictures and layout contribute to the book (like home improvement/crafts) I’ll buy as books. Electronic versions are great for reading text-driven novels or dense non-fiction though. The ability to highlight and capture text is invaluable for research!

    With overflowing bookshelves in half the rooms of my house, of which I have given away/sold many over the years, I’m glad for electronic versions to lighten the load where hard copy isn’t necessary.

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