However, if it's in your budget and you're a bibliophile, is it a worthy purchase?
Several of you want to know my experience, and Kirstin also asked, Wondering how you are feeling about reading without the touch of paper, without the front cover in your hands, and without the opportunity to mark sentences?
As far as cost, well if you get the basic one (and now there's even a cheaper lighter version), you get your money's worth if you download and read about 30-50 free books.
Here's what I love about it and why it's useful to me:
- Note-making is super easy. I love making mental notes but am lazy at getting up and finding a notebook and pen to jot things down.
- Highlighting is super easy. As above, I love taking snippets out but rarely do it.
- I can search within all my books for specific words or words in a passage I might remember.
wish I knew the source
- The Kindle allows me to read books that I doubt I would bother owning. For free books this makes total sense - read on an e-reader and buy it if you loved it.
Although I've always loved the idea of a house full of books toppling over each other or well-shelved, these days I'm big on de-cluttering and have reduced my owned books to only those that I really love or find useful. This is the biggest selling point.
- As an onliner, it's fun that I can quickly rate my book and then share it on Twitter or Facebook straight from the device. An improvement for me would be contact with Goodreads.
I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want.
And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life.
And I am horribly limited.
I would suggest a book-like cover. That is, one you open up. This means you hold the device like a book. Just holding the Kindle alone would be awkward to me. When I got stuck into my first read, I went to turn a literal page several times!
Also a book light. I've heard lots of troubles with the Kindle cover+light from Amazon. I have a light that's made for an e-reader but also can be placed on books. It uses an A battery which is many times better than others that use those little round ones which I've forgotten what they're called.
I think it's too easy to fall into the trap of desiring every new gadget out there. An e-reader is really for only two types of people - those that travel a lot and like to read in transit, and serious bookwhores.
I am in both categories. Not the least that we live somewhere without an English library or English 2nd-hand books.
People get a bit hung up about digital versus paper I think. It isn't like we buy e-readers and all books are subsequently burnt. It's not an either/or situation.
Once upon a time some Luddites shouted down digital cameras, and they love to say how they will always stick to film. Good luck to them. Me, I just love visual candy. I'm thrilled that digital cameras and iphones have introduced or opened up photography to a slew of people. And I've heard countless times how e-readers have caused people to read more. Excellent!
I champion non-exclusivity and infinite possibilities.
I'm a lover of the book as an object. I swoon at photos like the above. I also like to own especially loved books in editions with beautiful covers.
But still, what comes first is.... the story, the words.
I adore books, what I can't live without is reading.
Bring it on!