Thursday, February 14, 2013

kindle: to start (a fire) burning

As I was looking over another blogger's extensive book list, jotting down titles that seemed worth reading, a thought flitted through my mind-- "If I had a kindle, it would be so much easier to read all of these books."  And then my brain shut down for a second, because it had obviously been taken over for that brief moment by someone else.  Because I love reading books in print.  I am an unapologetic dog-earer, underliner, and read while walking my dog even if there's a fine mist of rain coming down-er.  In a way, I tend to tie my experience of reading a story with the book itself.  However... that fleeting thought I had about a kindle?  It kind of makes sense.  I could read so much more!- and with such ease!  No more lugging books around in my bag, and no more stacks of books crowding my bedside table.  It could be streamlined.  But, I'm kind of nervous about that.  So, here's where I come to you and ask, Do you read your books electronically??  What are your thoughts?? Is there a way to still 'underline' a line or passage that you find, in that magical moment of saturation in a beautiful story, to be particularly poignant??

And, while we're on the subject, has anyone read a great book recently?  You know me, I'm always on the lookout.  I finished Anna Karenina a couple weeks ago (woot, woot!! I felt hugely accomplished after finishing it [a feeling I haven't had about a book since I was in the fourth grade and read Little Women, which was essentially the definition of the word 'tome' for me at the time])  At last, it's time for the movie!

Oh yeah, happy valentine's day.  Smooches to you. 


  1. So I'm glad you posted this because about a week ago I just bought a Kindle Paperwhite. Like you, I too am attached to printed books, the smell, the feel, you know what I'm talking about. With that being said, the Kindle does take a little bit of getting used to, but I am so glad now that I took that electronic step.

    And yes, you can highlight your favorite passages and even add notes like you would in the margin of a real book. It also defines words (if you're on wifi or 3G), allows you to share your favorite passages on your social media websites! :)

    Nothing will compare to a real book, but the kindle is definitely a great way to read. I find I read a lot more with it. The fact that I can buy a book in the middle of no where and it downloads in 30 seconds is pretty amazing.

    Don't get me wrong, I still buy real books, the ones I know I will probably love, but I tend to buy the books that I am not too sure about on my kindle (or if I wanna hide the fact that I am reading 50 Shades of Grey or Twilight lol)

  2. Yeah, it's funny. I'm in the same boat (which I think is the boat most people are in) in that I like shopping for, buying, owning, collecting, holding, etc. a real book. But the truth is that I read WAY more on my Kindle than I do otherwise.

    I think there are a few reasons. The thing makes it dangerously simple to buy a book. Forget the fact that I don't have to leave the house... the fact that there are reviews and descriptions right there in my hand makes it so much easier than guessing at how good a random book is in a store. I also find it way easier to read on the Kindle than a real book. It's generally lighter, easier to hold (none of that awkward lopsided thing that happens when you're right in the beginning or the end of a book), and you need just a single hand to turn pages. It sounds trivial but in practice it absolutely is not. And the last thing is something I didn't really anticipate, but syncing is amazing. With a real book, you have to remember to bring it with you everywhere if you want to read it during some unexpected down time. With the Kindle app on my phone, I can pick up where I left off with my Kindle and read it on the phone in a line, or wherever. I'm surprised at how much I use this.

    I'd love to say that nothing compares to a real book, but honestly I don't know if that's true.. if the point is to collect books (which, like Brenden, I will do if it's something I love... gotta hand something down to the kids), then yeah, I agree. But if the point is to read them, this is seriously way more convenient, at least for me.

  3. Thanks for your insight!! Y'all make some amazing points. So much so that I'm basically totally sold on getting a kindle :)

  4. I love real books. BUT!! I am way less inclined to read them, for whatever reason. Since switching to kindle I've read 3 books on my "to-read" list... So I vote that you make the jump:)