I did it.
I broke down and bought a Kindle.
Not that Kindles are evil. It’s just that the thought of not holding on to a book while I read usually sends me into this internal struggle. Old verses New. History verses Progress. Paper verses….well whatever is used to make up a Kindle.
But after several talks – and we’re talking the crazy-talk-to-yourself kind – I finally took the leap and ordered it.
It’s pretty, I’m not gonna lie.
So here was my thought process when purchasing a Kindle. I realize that no one is asking for me to justify myself but for some reason I feel the need.
- To support my friends. I know a LOT of wonderful writers that have self-published on Amazon. And while I could buy their books and read them using my computer or iPhone, it just didn’t seem like the best option. Kindle 1 Books 0
- Space. Books take up space, they just do. My obsessive need to horde all the books I’ve ever read doesn’t help. BUT I do like the look of full bookshelves. Hmmm perhaps that’s a tie. Kindle 2 Books 1
- Portability. Who likes carrying a big, bulky hardcover novel? Not this girl. Kindle 3 Books 1
- Smell. Mmmm paper. ‘Nough said. Kindle 3 Books 2
- Lending. Can’t really lend out my eBooks. I mean I probably could but it just feels wrong sharing self-published books where the authors could use every bit of support in sales. Kindle 3 Books 3
- Environmentally Friendly. Yes it saves trees not to print a book but what damage is caused by all these electronic devices? Okay let’s call that a wash. Kindle 4 Books 4
- To support my friends. Yes I realized I said that twice but ultimately it was the deciding factor. Kindle 5 Books 4
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m still going to purchase books. I just can’t give up books cold turkey. Perhaps one day in the future, when cars “drive” in the sky and the hoverboard becomes a household item (I’m still waiting for the Back To The Future 2 reality to kick in.) and books are a thing of the past, then I’ll switch over completely. Until then, I’ll use both. 😉