I recently bought a Kindle. I had been debating this purchase for months, asking myself – would I miss the feel of real pages beneath my fingers, the distinct smell of ageing paper or a bright glossy cover? I also loved the way you could spend hours in a book shop, browsing the shelves, pondering over the cover designs, choosing the perfect novel – would I miss this experience too? To me, this was all part of the joyful book experience – I even loved the smell of the book shop. However, as always, intrigue got the better of me and I took the plunge into modern technology and purchased a Kindle.
The first thing which struck me was the screen – I was expecting it to be glossy and eye-strainingly back-lit like a mobile phone screen, however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t, it is completely matt – just like the page of a book – reading from it feels no different at all. It is the size of a standard book too but without the pages, it is much easier to hold – I was already impressed. I then took my first virtual trip on it to Amazon to ‘download’ a book. I will be honest, I was very excited! To think, all these books available to me at the touch of a button – I didn’t know where to start. I pondered over Stephen King, Peter Straub, Sophie Kinsella – the choices were endless. I ended up choosing my old faithful favourite and downloaded ‘Pet Cemetry‘ by Stephen King (it was my first Kindle download experience and I wanted to play it safe, I felt downloading something which I may not like would taint the experience forever!). For half the price of a paperback, my book was downloaded to my Kindle within twenty seconds. Within twenty seconds I was reading the prologue. I loved it.
So what are the bad points about the Kindle? Well, the worst thing is, I am now spending heaps of money on downloading books! With so many under my finger tips, I simply can not resist. I even read a romance yesterday (Dear John by Nicholas Sparks) which, if you knew me, you’d know isn’t usually my kind of genre (great read by the way). It has broadened my horizons in the world of reading enormously. The only other bad point I can think of is that I can not take it in the bath with me – a soggy paperback is one thing but a lifeless Kindle is quite another.
So what is the aim of this post today? Am I working for Amazon? No. I just want to open the eyes of my fellow book readers to the modern world of reading – will you miss the feel of a ‘real’ book, I don’t think so and believe me, there will be a whole lot more space on your book shelf! I am proud to be a modern book worm.