…I am a Kindle convert.
Until recently, I would vehemently extol the virtues of a ‘proper’ book, with paper pages, that you could turn. I was totally unable to understand why friends and colleagues had gone over to the dark side and started to read eBooks. I failed to understand how a thin piece of plastic could possibly replace the enjoyment that turning a page gives. My concern was, and probably to an extent still is, if everyone gives up buying paper books, they will become a thing of the past, like videos and music cassettes.
For me, nothing equals the smell and feel of a new book. I love going into a bookshop and browsing, looking at the front cover, reading the back page and opening it up to check the print, coupled with the knowledge that I am the first person to read that particular copy.
There was no way I was ever going to buy a Kindle and to this day I have not bought one either.
The Kindle I own was won in a raffle at work a few months ago, it only cost me a £3 raffle ticket! It sat on my dressing table for a few weeks until I started travelling by train to work. I dusted off the Kindle, logged into Amazon, bought and downloaded my first eBook in the blink of an eye. The whole process is so fast and easy there is the temptation to get carried away, buy more than you really need and before you know it £20+ is clocked up, so a great deal of self-control is required.
What do I like about my Kindle? The font can be enlarged, which makes it much easier to read on the train – I don’t have to fish out my reading glasses. I am not tempted to turn to the end of the book to see how it finishes. That sounds dreadful but sometimes if I find I am struggling to get into a story, I read the penultimate chapter, that quite often fires up an interest and I go back to where I left off with renewed curiosity. Probably most important and I expect the reason why eBook readers are so popular, it is light and doesn’t take up so much room in my bag. It is also conceivably possible to read more than one book, if you feel so inclined, hopping from one to another at different times. I think we would all agree that to lug several paperbacks around is truly cumbersome.
I am no expert but from what I can see, authors can now publish their own eBooks for readers, such as Kindles and iBooks for iPads, rather than publish as a book to sell in bookshops. It still saddens me that the time will come when the only way to read the latest book from our favourite author will be to download it. I do hope that over the course of time, paper books are not lost forever, this sadly could also see the demise of the much loved bookshop.
What have I read so far?
- Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton
- Before I go to Sleep by S.J Watson
- Me before You by Jojo Moyes
I may be a Kindle convert but there is still a pile of paperbacks on my bedside table to read in bed. Long live paper books!