A friend’s husband approached me last fall on the subject of Christmas presents for his wife. His wife and I are both book junkies and pushers and we trade books back and forth constantly. He wanted to get her a kindle but when approached she had been adamant about saying she didn’t want one. Well, I got really excited and listed all the benefits of ebooks and ended by telling him “If you get one I’ll teach her to love it”. She did get one for Christmas and does like it, though she still prefers “real” books.
I have a kindle app on my netbook. While I, too, like the feel and heft of a book in my hands I love, love, love, my kindle app. It is so convenient, especially with all the travel we’ve been doing this summer. There’s only two problems I see with it. One: whenever I sit down to read with it Truck Boy just assumes I pulled it out for him to watch Disney Channel’s Dance a lot Robot on. Two: it’s just too easy to buy books.
I recently read this post about the book Still Life With Murder. It sounded interesting and since it was only $0.99 I purchased it. It took me a little bit to get around to reading it but once I did I couldn’t put it down. Eagerly I looked up the next book, it was only $2.99. One click of the mouse and it was mine and I could spend all night reading it. Third book I bought late one Saturday night so I could purchase it before Sunday since I knew I would finish book two. Books three through six are all $3.99. So in such a small amount of time I had spent $20 on books. I know this isn’t so very much, and hey I got six books, but I do try to stick to a budget and the kindle is all about instant gratification of the What Next Readers Syndrome. Back in the day when I had to wait for enough time to pack the kids in the car and drive to the bookstore it was just as easy to drive to the library instead. And since I’d had to wait a day or two my self control would have time to catch up to my coveting. (Am I the only one like this? Please tell me I’m not, even if you’re lying) Despite that, or maybe because of it if I’m honest, I still love my ereader. Yes, I still buy print books. And honestly there are books I want to own in all formats, print, eprint and audio. I’m an addict I tell you. Someone help me.
Do you have an ereader? Love it or hate it?