I have a question for all of you. Do you have a Kindle or do you know anyone who has one? Help. I think I want one but I want some opinions before I buy something like this.
I’d heard of the Kindle before but never really considered buying one until very recently. I went shopping one day a few weeks ago and low and behold, both Danielle Steele and Stephen King had a new book out. I knew King had one out and I knew it just came out and it was on my list but I was doubly happy seeing both of these authors having a new book out. I read the Steele novel first as I knew her book would be “light” and I knew the King book would be much longer and much “meatier.”
Well, the King novel is over 1000 pages. It almost made me giddy thinking about such a long story. Everyone knows I love long books and I love the story to go on and on. I hate endings. I picked this book up on a cloudy afternoon all rarin’ to go. Let me tell you, this book is HEAVY. REALLY HEAVY. I tried every position in my chair. The only way I could read this book was sitting up straight in my chair with the book in my lap. No lounging holding it above me. No reading laying down. No reading in the tub! Oh NOOOOOOO!!!!!!! That’s one of the things I love about reading is the relaxation it gives me in my lounge chair. So I realized I was going to have to wait until summer so I could read it outside on the deck where I sit all the time in the summer. It actually made my wrists and fingers sore after only one afternoon.
So, I went to Amazon.com one day to order something and The Kindle was on the front page and it made me think, I could read this book from there and many others. It would solve a big problem I have and that’s where to store all the books I read. I’m really the only reader I know so unless it’s Danielle Steel, Steven King or a few other authors who’s books I collect, I’ve been donating my books to charity. I just don’t know what else to do with them. The other things is each book is $9.99. Much cheaper than a paper book and it can be downloaded right to this device in under one minute without a computer. You can also get major newspapers and magazines. I also have little “elves” that come into my house and lose my page. I would never have to worry about that anymore either. This will keep track of whatever you were reading and what page you stopped on. Very clever. It’s also very easy to take this book with you where you go. It’s very slim and takes up no room at all.
But I’m so torn. What about the feel of a real book? Would I miss that? Books have a “smell.” Would I miss that? Would I miss cracking that binding on a new book? I love books and would hate to promote people quit buying them. Do you think that’s even a possibility? Look at how so many newspapers are closing down, would that happen to books?
Then when I was reading about The Kindle, I came across Sony’s Reader. Same principal as Kindle but from what I’ve read, The Kindle has more features I like. One is with the Reader, you have to download them onto a PC and it’s not Mac compatible which I’m also considering for maybe sometime next year. Now there are two things to consider!! Oh my! Now how will I decide?
Our friend Morocco had this question on her blog too and it made me laugh as I’d been thinking the same thing but only a few of us answered the question so I wanted to throw it out to you guys.
So, do any of you know anything about either one of these devices or do you know anyone who either loves or hates theirs?