Wednesday, January 6, 2010
To Kindle or Not to Kindle...That is the Question.
For quite awhile now, I have been debating whether or not to buy a Kindle. I read a lot! Many people that know me have suggested this would be the perfect "thing" for me.
Being an old fashioned girl, I am not sure the Kindle would be a right fit. There is something about holding a book in your hand and turning the pages that excites me. I love the feeling of walking into a library or a bookstore and exploring the possibilities of adventure and mystery that await me.
I am currently reading "My Fairy Grandmother" by Aubrey Mace. There is a chapter, where the main character talked about walking into a library and why she loved that experience. I want to share that with you because it is exactly how I feel.
"Kaitlin loved libraries-aisles of books as far as the eye could see, and all of them arranged neatly in endless rows. Kaitlin enjoyed reading books so much that she thought she might want to write her own one day. And when that day came, she would come to the library to write it. Something told her that it would be the perfect place. It was quiet and organized, and what could be more conducive toward bringing a new book into the world than the encouraging whispers of thousand of others?
The library wasn't as large as the one near her house, but the same wonderful smell greeted her when she walked through the door; the comforting smell of paper and ink. She loved to sniff new books, and when you filled a whole building with them, the scent multiplied. It was like going to an old friend's house to visit, only this is where the books lived. People walked the aisles of stacks of books, while others lounged in soft chairs, caught up in their individual stories. The only place Kaitlin liked better than a library was a bookstore, because instead of just borrowing a book, she knew it would be hers forever."
I want to thank Aubrey Mace for helping me describe exactly how I feel about books. They are like friends to me. I see a Kindle as a cold, impersonal machine. You could compare it to when you call up a company wanting to talk to a live person and get a computer telling you when to push one or two for service.
To be fair, I am giving you, who own a Kindle, an opportunity to tell me why you like" The Kindle" and why it would be beneficial for me to own one. I do not mind lugging around books. I have done it all of my life. I always have a book in my hands or in my arms.
Good luck and I eagerly look forward to hearing your responses.