I have really been debating whether or not to actually get a Kindle and start using it for reading. I am always with a book, at least a fiction one, and sometimes when I read a a non-fiction book I am with two. So the Kindle would certainly help in making it easier to tote many books around without breaking my back.
But is reading digital sacrilegious to those of us who value the old paper books? The smell of a new book is exciting for me. It’s just bursting with new adventures, ideas, and potential. I get all hot and bothered over it. It’s sad, but it’s true. I’m attracted to books. They are the other woman in my marriage. Just ask my wife! She’s a long time book widow.
But let’s get back to the point. Should we be making a switch over to a device that holds all of our books in one place and should we be doing all of our reading on a screen? The Kindle looks to me like a slightly over-sized iPod touch. Is that really all it is? I’m excited and relieved that it’s now finally available here in Canada, but that fact has now made me start seriously considering the pros and cons of using it. My wife had just assumed that I would want one no matter what. She was surprised and shocked when I told her that I wasn’t so sure about them.
I mean, isn’t half the pleasure of reading a book these days in being able to turn off the TV, radio, Wii, phone, etc, etc, etc, and just sit down and quietly turn the pages of a really good story? (or memoir, essay, non-fiction etc.) I really see it as an escape from everyday life. Although I have to admit, it seems that I am more often reading amidst the distractions these days, as opposed to getting away from them, so maybe getting a Kindle is the way to go. If you can’t beat em, join em!
I don’t know….
What I do know, is that I don’t have one and I haven’t been given the chance to look at one or review one (anybody from Amazon reading…..?) so I can’t really pass judgement until I can try one out. So how can a normal, everyday guy get his hands on a new Kindle to try it out? He can’t. So once again, we’re back to the original question of whether or not to get one.
I may have to be the Guinea Pig here and try one out, biting the bullet and forking out the dough to buy one. Thereby giving you guys the low down. Unless……yes, I’m having an idea here……yes, that’s it! Maybe one of you have already got one and would care to share your experience here with us? No? Maybe?
I’ll wait a little while and see if anyone out there answers the call. In the meantime, I’ll just sit here and see if I can get any more out of the 360 degree photo of the Kindle on the Amazon website.
So here it is, the question of the day…
Would you buy a kindle?