[I don’t have a photo of my Kindle, so here’s some photography paraphernalia]
I think it might be time to break up with my Kindle. We’ve been together for 18 months, and I think it would be fair to say I’ve given it a good go. But when I found myself buying a paperback version of a book I have on my Kindle for the FIFTH time, I knew it wasn’t working out.
Here’s the thing: I love books. I love the feel of them, the smell of them and the wonderments they contain. I knew when I invested in a Kindle that I’d still buy the occasional paper book, but there was definitely a part of me that wondered if i could really go fully digital. I love being able to immediately download samples of books I think I might want to read. There is nothing more satisfying than downloading an entire book within ten minutes of reading a glowing review on someone’s blog. It’s the best sort of instant gratification.
But with my love of books comes the desire to underline and dog-ear and flick back and forth from front to back, whenever the whim takes me. I like to race ahead and skip the uninteresting parts. I like to fill the pages with post-it notes, reminding me of the passages I need to read again. In short, I like to fully interact with my books. And on a Kindle I find I can’t do this. I’ve been patiently underlining the parts i want to read again, and trying to fathom the bookmarking system. But it’s just. not. the. same. And so, in a fit of frustration, i end up going back online to order the paper book.
Going forward I’m going to use my Kindle to download samples of the books I want to buy — that continues to be really useful — but when buying the whole book it’s now paper all the way for me. It’s still nice to have both options, and I’ll still download the occasional novel to read on a plane, but as 99% of my life is lived on terra firma, I think it’s safe to say our relationship is downgrading from long-term to booty call.
Do you have a Kindle? Do you love it? What am I doing wrong?
The blog book tour continues!
Monday 4th — Poppytalk
Friday 8th — Kind Over Matter