I Swore I Never Would…
Long ago, I swore I would never make the jump to e-readers or any other form of electronic reading devices. After all, books are superior, right? The feel of a page between your fingers as you flip from chapter to chapter, the musty smell that wafts up as your curled up in your bed, reading your favourite novel, and the satisfaction of actually seeing the progress you’re making as your bookmark creeps closer and closer to the end of the book. Nothing can beat that, right?
That’s what I thought anyway, until something happened at work.
Something that has completely changed my opinion.
*sharp intake of breath*
We got a demo for the new Amazon Kindle and…. *holds breath*
I WANT ONE!!!!
Seriously, I have never wanted an electronic device this badly since I wanted my iPhone 4. It’s so elegant and light, the way its form fits and feels in your hand, and the beautifully crisp e-ink display is like looking at an actual piece of paper. I feel like a traitor to my fellow book lovers, but I am in love with the Amazon Kindle.
Specifically, I want the Kindle Touch, because it will be far easier to operate the device with a multi-touch screen instead of a 5-way button at the bottom of the device – and for $20 more, you really can’t argue against it (validly, anyway). ;P To clarify, though, we only received the standard Kindle at work – the Touch doesn’t hit shelves ‘til next month – but that doesn’t mean I’m any less excited for it.
Now, if I do get one, it doesn’t mean I’ll never buy a real book again. I still have every intention of building up my book collection. I just won’t carry them around with me to read while at work or school. Instead I’ll have my sexy little Kindle, with its one-month battery life and 8,000 book storage. ;)
Furthermore, this will be great for me, because I am a book-snob; not in terms of what I read, but in terms of what I buy. I prefer to buy hard-copy books that are in mint-condition. It’s the perfectionist in me. I literally cringe with discomfort when I see a damaged book, because I hold them in such reverence. It’s silly, yes, and I know it sounds stupid, but such is the way I am, and I know I’m not going to change. But if I get a Kindle, I won’t have that problem! I can buy my hard-copy, put it on my shelf, and then read the Kindle version to my heart’s content. That may sound like a pointless double-dip, but to me it sounds like the perfect solution.
So, to conclude:
My name is Timothy. I’ve read books all my life. Swore I would never read anything but.
And I want a Kindle.