Friday, July 2, 2010
To Kindle or Not to Kindle
Up until very recently I've towed a firm line on the idea of a Kindle or nook.
And that firm line has been a firm NO.
I said I liked the tactile feeling of a book in my hands. I like books and the the thought of them all turning into electronic download-able files makes me shudder.
I've recently been exposed to the Kindle and the nook and I have to say I'm smitten. I never thought I'd write those words but they are true.
However, while I read a lot of books, I don't actually purchase a lot of books. Sure the Kindle versions are cheaper than traditional books, but they aren't cheaper than free at the library. I do like the fact that you can "lend" your books out with the Nook but really, I don't know anyone with a nook to begin with. I like the look of the nook better but Kindle seems to have better prices on the actual books.
And what happens if you spill coffee on them as I am wont to do with books sometimes. Or drop them. What if you have like 357 books in there ( yikes! Do the math!) and you break your Kindle. Are those books lost forever. (Of course I just mentioned above that I hardly ever buy books, this should NOT be a concern.) See how consumerism spreads like a virus. Before I didn't even want to own any more books. Now I'm worried about losing them.
Both have book light accessories (and the Kindle has one with an AC/DC adapter) which is important because right now when I read in bed (a lot) I use a flashlight.... I've never found a book light that was not a huge battery hog or bright enough. So I position the flashlight in the crook of my neck on the pillow. Sad but true.(If I don't get a reader for my birthday could someone please get me a high end book light at least?)
But technology concerns aside, I think the fundamental question is can I be trusted with the ability to purchase any book instantly? Even the frugal gal that I am can't say that won't be a huge temptation for me.
I could promise myself I would stick to 1 Kindle book a week. Even at that I've just created a $520 yearly expense where there wasn't one before. (I'll counter this but adding that I've purchased maybe 4 songs on iTunes ever.) But is this really necessary??? I pay pretty steep property taxes where I live, I ought to be able to use the library. I know that there are a ton of free books out there as well (Classics and the like) but you can pick up a copy of Wuthering Heights anywhere, the is no wait for that one at the library.
The idea of having almost any book literally at my fingertips is a frighteningly delicious prospect.
I think the real truth is that I DO want one of these things. It just seems extravagant. And unnecessary. And Oh-So-Tempting.