Saturday, March 12, 2011

Oh for the Love of Books!

Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl TechnologyI must admit that I still have not yet embraced e-books.  Sure I've read a few PDF versions, but I have not yet purchased a reader. I experienced this same reluctance with digital cameras (I still do not own one myself by the way, but my daughter does).  
I am not one to resist change, at least not in the broader scope of things. I know that change is inevitable and under most circumstances I embrace it. I can appreciate the fact that when something old goes away, something new and better often takes its place.  
I love books.  I love the way they smell. I love the way they feel.  I like carrying them in my purse and in the car. I take a book almost everywhere I go, because you never know when a reading opportunity will present itself. I sometimes read at stop lights (I know this is not a good thing).  I read in bed, on the sofa, in waiting rooms, and outside.  I read whenever I can, as often as possible.  
Even as a child I loved books, they were my escape. There were times when I was nowhere to be found, hiding along the side of my bed, book in hand.  I have loved books my entire life.  
Don't get me wrong, I completely appreciate the "green" aspect of e-books and readers. I can only imagine the number of trees that have lived and died for my reading pleasure. I may have cleared out an entire forest in my lifetime (sad, maybe a bit exaggerated, but probably true). 
I am all for making my carbon footprint as small as possible, so I would be remiss if I didn't consider the possibility of a reader in my future.  I am a fairly open-minded person, but like all people I do have quirky things that I like, you know preferences.  But this is bigger than me...I have to practice what I preach.  "It is everybody's responsibility to take care of the planet..."  This has been my mantra. I have preached it to people on the street, family members who refuse to recycle, and my daughter (she's probably heard it the most).
So there are so many readers to choose from now. Amazon got the ball rolling with the Kindle.  Barnes and Noble has jumped on the bandwagon with the Nook.  Of course the tablet craze has also expanded the reader choices, with Apple's iPad, Blackberry's Playbook, Samsung's Galaxy Tab...the list goes on and on, but you get the picture.  How will I ever choose?
Any suggestions?


Sydney said...

I got a Nook for Christmas. :) Best gift ever! They are really fun, easy, and useful.

I share your love for reading. I ALWAYS have my Nook with me (a paperback before) because I get so addicted to my books. :)

Deborah Lawrenson said...

I haven't yet moved on from paper books either, so I'll be interested in what your readers say, as I've no doubt I will take the plunge sooner or later.
As for digital cameras - they are miraculously good!

Michele said...

I LOVE BOOKS!! So much so that there's a Borders by me, that's closing and I bought 5 books yesterday. I also had 4 more books on order through my debit card rewards program and have a stack that I'm working through. Clearly, I haven't made the move to an E-reader, and at this rate, not sure I will, unless Barnes & Nobles and all my local libraries close, lol.

BookBelle said...

I was an early adapter for Kindle. I used it for about 6 months and now, not so much. I will read on it but I have decided not to fight my love of paper books. For my part, when I buy a book (unless it is a top 5 star rating) I swap it out at PBS. I figure I'm saving a few trees this way. Does it help for you to know that we wash out our Ziploc bags to reuse over and over again? ;-) Oh, new follower, by the way.

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