Okay, so it might not be grammatically correct but I thought that ‘My Kindle and I’ would sound as if I was in a relationship with the thing e.g. my Kindle and I are going to dinner and the cinema. Although … I have a confession to make; I may as well be!
As a life long book lover – we’re talking cycling down to the library with a rucksack as a child and loading up with ten books at a time (and doing that weekly) – I have always loved ‘real’ books.’ There is a certain magic in scouring a bookshop for book and finding it like a hidden treasure, and the old classic paperbacks have that lovely musty smell about them. More importantly, reading in the bath with a glass of wine has always been a big addiction (that my husband and kids have never understood).
I really didn’t like the thought of a blocky plastic gadget that, whilst providing the words to me, wouldn’t provide the tactile experience of reading that I have always enjoyed. But I bought one because the last time we went abroad, the number of books I packed into my case added kilos to the luggage allowance. Plus I’d heard some good things about e-readers in general that boded well.
So I went into a shop and had a fiddle with one and decided it was worth the investment. And – shock, horror – I am a convert. I like how light my Kindle is, I like how it can fit into my handbag, how many books can be downloaded, how long the battery lasts for and how user-friendly it is. Especially useful is being able to read it in bed with the light built into the cover. My hubby can finally get to bed at a reasonable time whilst I read.
BUT I have to say – though my Kindle is great and it is usually to be found somewhere on my person, for me it will never totally replace hard copy books, especially for my reading in the bath addiction (I end up holding it so tensely for fear of dropping it that any relaxation in the experience disappears)!
I think that there is a place for Kindles/E-readers and books. I don’t see a world in which books will ever be truly obsolete, despite what industry professionals might be saying. I will stand up and be counted – I love my Kindle, but I also love traditional books.
Happy Writing, Nikki.