Someone Seeking Up (eclpse) wrote,
Someone Seeking Up
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Kindling

Is that a verb yet?

Himself got me a Kindle for Christmas. I'm not 100% sold on it. Let me explain.

I've always loved to read, and I love books. I'm always in the middle of reading something, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I had not, however, thought to invest in an ereader. I like physical books. I like curling up with them under a blanket, I like flipping the pages, I like using ribbons as bookmarks (although my favorite bookmark is the one from my book shower last summer). I like the smell of books and the weight of them in my hands. That being said, I figured I'd give it a shot. I mean, it was a gift, after all. The thing is, the Kindle is pretty neat and I like it more than I thought I would. For starters, I was uneducated and assumed the screen would be like, well, a screen. It's not; it's all soft and easy on the eyes. It's less awkward than a book -- I can hold it in one hand if necessary, regardless of how large the volume. I think my favorite feature is the built-in dictionary: when reading, you can move a cursor to a beginning of a word and look it up right there, without ever having to leave the page! Super handy. It can also be used to store other documents, and I've currently got some knitting patterns on there. Seems a little silly, but I realized that can take that to my knitting group as opposed to random folded sheets of paper that I can lose. Not to mention when we're ever dashing around the airport, I can take it a little easy on myself by not carrying two books in my tote bag along with my laptop. (Yes, my tote bag has been known to weigh 10 lbs or so. My traps hate me.) So yes, I do enjoy it more than I thought I would.

But alas, it's not perfect.



Ever since I was a kid, the library was one of my favorite places. I used to go in with my tote bag full of books to return and leave with my tote bag full of books to read. Sometimes my dad would drop off stuff for my mom and myself, and the librarians would ask him where I was. As an adult, I worked in various facets of the book publishing industry and never had to worry about putting my hands on reading material. I would always see something that interested me before I was finished with whatever it was that I was currently reading. Part of my job was reading. (Why I'm not still doing that is another story that I explore often. VERY often.) When I switched jobs and found myself with a lack of reading material, I remembered . . . the liiiibrary! That's right! That place where I can read for free! I've had a queue of books on hold ever since. For all of the good things about the Kindle, it's not the best way to read library books. For starters, the collection of ebooks in mose library systems, while growing, is nowhere near the size of the regular collection. Understandable, of course, but it just means that I have less of a selection from which to choose. But even when I do find something that's available, I have to convert it to a file that is readable on the Kindle.

Now, don't get me wrong, I buy books. The books that I buy, however, are cookbooks or gardening books or knitting books . . . generally various kinds of reference books or books by my favorite authors that I know I'm going to read over and over again. I mean, I don't buy shoes that I'm going to wear once, or anything else for that matter. Now. Of course I value the industry, especially having worked in it (and maybe wanted to return to it?). But why just spend money for the sake of spending money? Why spend money to have it sitting in my apartment gathering dust? That's a bit wasteful, in my opinion. And I do enjoy browsing and buying when I have gift cards or when I'm in the mood.

This is all to say that I'm working on how I'm going to use this thing. I've downloaded several classics (available for free) and I have bought material for it, I just don't know how best to use it for my purposes.

So yes, I'm still not 100% sold . . . but I'm working on it.

Do you have an ereader? What do you think?
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