I wish to stray for just a moment from my typical blogging repertoire to open the floor for discussion on the topic of iBooks. I know there are several variations and formats for iReading, but I’ll zero in on the kindle, just for the sake of keeping things simple.
As I have mentioned all too often in the past, I am a beyond avid reader. At my jobs people are always baffled, claiming I have a new book every time I show up for a shift. The people at Subi got used to it fairly fast, since I’d always opt for literature over gossip during the short breaks afforded to us staffers.
Now it’s become an interesting facet of Emma for my newer coworkers. One guy’s even teasing me constantly, claiming break is for relaxing, not reading. I roll my eyes in a highly exaggerated fashion, and put my nose back in the latest paperback.
I probably “waste” more money on books than on anything else. Every time I walk past a shop I feel a gravitational pull, and the tempting urge to walk inside is an itch that’s hard to ignore. It doesn’t help that we’ve doubled up on rows in the small bookshelf in our bedroom. Matt’s as much a reader as I am. Though he seems to absorb novels with a meticulous and careful eye, taking his time to savor the details. Whereas I tear through them like a train wreck, carnivorous and insatiable. Matt even recently mused that while I have little to no free time, I still manage to read more than he does. This comes from filling every opportunity with new pages, and carrying a loaded handbag at all times.
But now to the point. As one who almost never leaves the house without a literary companion, I am curious to hear what people think of the kindle. I have never wanted one myself. I love the feel of a book in my hands; the wear and tear of a good one shows up in its vulnerable bindings. I also find that collecting them is addicting. When we finally move into our own place in the coming months, I cannot wait to fill the rooms with books.
Yes the kindle can save one a lot of money in the long run, and yes having multiple books at one’s fingertips at all times is enticing, but I don’t think I’m ready to take that leap. How practical can it really be if I have to worry about it breaking or getting stolen? Plus I’ve always been a girl who’s more likely to frequent the library over the local pub. Many of my reads cost me nothing at all. What are your thoughts, friends? Does anyone even have one?