So did I tell you that I got a Kindle for Christmas? No? That must be because I’ve been reading non-stop since the minute it was charged up. That’s right reading.
Like a 15 year old teenage girl who’s obsessed with books.
Remember how TIVO/DVR changed the way you watched TV?
Remember how Netflix changed the way you selected DVD rentals?
That’s what the Kindle will do for your reading … Yeah it’s that cool. And you’ll start reading again!
I love the fact that I can download a book anytime anywhere.. on the fly just fire it up the wireless Whispernet or whatever they call it and Bam there is your book. I downloaded a book in the bathtub last week people!!!
I don’t know how many books I can keep on it but I haven’t hit the limit yet.. so enough okay. And when you’re done you can offload the file onto your computer. It’s yours for keeps you just move it back and forth to the Kindle through a USB cord – the computer treats the Kindle like a drive.
So all those books that you hear about or see someone else reading but always forget the title of when you are standing in the bookstore.. not anymore. Just download now and read when your in the mood.
The books are cheaper this way to.. bestselling hardbacks are $9.99 rather than $25+ so gone are the days of waiting for the paperback to come out and then forgetting about it all together because it takes to long.
Can’t decide which book to take to the beach? Take all of them!! Read what you are in the mood to read, not what you brought.
If you’ve been holding back because of some romantic notion that you can’t give up the feel of a book in your hands .. just do it. The features far outweigh any nostalgic tradeoffs. It will re-open the world of books to you. Trust me.
It’s like when you first got a DVR and felt weird watching a show in delay, because you were 10 minutes behind you were somehow out of sync with the universe but then you quickly came to realize that watching a show in delay without commercials and perhaps back-to-back with other episodes is far more enjoyable.
Or when you skeptically joined Netflix thinking there was no way a mail order service for DVDs would be more efficient than just hoping in the car and running over to the video store. But then you realized that without the impending return deadline you enjoyed the movies you selected without feeling like watching them was homework and you started watching a much broader range of movies because you could queue just about any movie ever made up and surprise yourself with it when it turned up in your mailbox.
I’m not different than you. I love the touch, the feel, the smell of a book. The satisfaction of feeling the weight shift from right to left as I progressed through a thick novel. But this device works. It provides availability in way that bookstores cannot. Portability in a way computers cannot. In today’s digital world it provides opportunities for us to read books again.
Will I throw out my dog-eared copy of Pride and Prejudice? No
Will I still buy beautiful box sets of Anne of Green Gables and Laura Ingalls Wilder for my girls one day – You better believe it.
But in the meantime we’re downloading Ramona, Beezus, and Junie B faster than you can imagine and do you know how much I’d rather see my daughter sitting by the fire with my Kindle and sipping some hot chocolate than playing her DS?