My wonderful boyfriend got me an Amazon Kindle for my birthday, and it’s the most amazing thing ever. He even got me the beautiful leather cover to go with it.
The Kindle is amazing. I can read anytime, anywhere, without having to haul heavy books around or pay ridiculous sums to obtain them abroad. I also don’t have wait months for the new releases here. The screen is just like paper, so there’s no glare to tire the eyes like computer screens. I can highlight and make notes, I can look up words I don’t know while I read, and I can even buy more books wirelessly. This thing is going to be the death of me, well actually, more so my bank account.
The books are definitely cheaper too. The new releases, like the NYT Bestsellers, will run about $9.99USD ($11.99 abroad) and that’s about the highest most of the books will go. I just bought all of the Sherlock Holmes stories and books (we’re talking hundreds of stories here) for $2.99! The purchase was partly because the movie is coming out, and partly because I’ve already read them all, and they’re just a great collection to have on hand.
I won’t lie. The electronic stuff doesn’t compare to the actual tactile feel of a book. The weight and the smell of the paper makes it easier to get the lost in the world of adventure and imagination. Being able to physically turn the pages in eagerness to find out what happens next or dreadfully slow to delay the inevitable is an experience that is unrivaled. Books are delicious and fulfilling for the soul and should live on forever. However, for me, constantly on the move, living away from the sources of literary delights, this is definitely the best way to have an entire library at my leisure.