To Kindle or Not to Kindle – That is the Question

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My husband and I are having this ongoing discussion on purchasing a Kindle – yes, the man who can’t operate a cell phone, DVR or DVD player wants a Kindle!  Yes, this is the same man who thinks reading anything except nonfiction is a waste of time.  Yes, this is the man who falls asleep reading the front page of the newspaper. And yes, this is the same man who doesn’t even look at the computer once he gets home. 

I’m not quite sure why he wants one – but I suspect he is tired of seeing my piles of books and magazines taking up so much space — not to mention the amount of money I have spent on books over the years.  Yes, I admit it — my name is Katie and I’m a bookaholic.  I was able to finally join a library this year – we lived outside the city limits and it cost me more to join the library than the amount of money I spent on books every year – at least that’s what I told my hubby!  I love to have my books around me – they are my friends, my means of escape, my entertainment — how can I give them up for a small electronic toy?

I’m not sure I can be happy with a Kindle.  I love the feel of a book in my hands.  I love watching how I progress through a book by the placement of my bookmark.  I love the smell of the paper.  I love looking at the books on a bookshelf and reading the jackets to determine if the story interests me.  I love going into the library and being surrounded by so much imagination, so many stories, so many possibilities!  I love going to the bookstore and seeing all of the new worlds and ideas which have yet to be explored and enjoyed.  I’m just not sure the Kindle can give me that same out-of-body feeling that paper books can give to me.

On the other hand, a Kindle would enable me to travel a little more lightly with all of my friends.  Instead of packing 6 books for vacation, I would simply have to pack the Kindle – which leaves more room for clothes!  A Kindle would make my husband happy because he wouldn’t have to actually see all those books lying around.  It would also be a lot easier to hide the new books I bought on a Kindle – if Pat can’t retrieve a message on my cell phone, I don’t think he will be able to find my purchased book list on the Kindle. 

So, the question still remains – To Kindle or Not to Kindle.  Maybe I don’t have to give up one for the other.  I could get a Kindle and still get my ‘fix’ for paper books at the library.  However, if I get a Kindle, I think I better keep it away from Pat — he does have a history of drowning electronic devices which don’t live up to his expectations.

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