We were having book club at my house on Friday night and when it was time to begin our discussion, we all pulled out our books. Or, I should say, I pulled out my book. Everyone else pulled out their e-reader: two Kindles, one iPad2, one Nook, and one iPad. It was the first time I thought to myself, "hmm, I might like one of those..."
I've been pretty resistant to e-readers thus far. I like having a physical book in my hand and on my bookshelf. I like that you can walk into the library (now nursery) of our house and see the hundreds of books we've read between the two of us. How if I want to re-read something - or want to read a "classic" - chances are, it's sitting on my shelf and I can just grab it and go. I like the smell of books. And the feel of paper. I like the crackling noise a new hardback makes when you first open it.
Amazon has also added to my love of physical books because you can pretty much always buy a good used copy for super cheap ($.01 in many cases) as long as you pay for shipping. And with Amazon Prime, I can order a qualifying book and get free two-day shipping. Not quite instant - but not too long, either.
But then the girls were talking about their e-readers. How convenient it is to order a book and have it in an instant. How cheap the books are - $7.99! How lightweight and small they are (the Kindles and Nook). How they tell you how far along you are. How you can adjust the font size to your liking.
And I started to think about times when it would be nice not to prop open the pages of a book... When I'm eating lunch; when I'm blow drying my hair; when I'm waiting for stuff to cook in the kitchen; etc. Or the times when it might be inconvenient to have a bulky book in my bag, but would be easy to pull out an e-reader... In line at the grocery store; waiting rooms; waiting for food at a restaurant (if I'm picking something up for myself); while pumping gas, etc.
I think, if anything, having an e-reader would increase the times of day I find a second or two to read. And I've got to say, this sounds nice, considering Baby will probably take away a lot of reading time I have now.
But then I'm still a little resistant! Books! I don't want to give them up!
I would want an original Kindle, I think. That is, not the color Kindle Fire. (But actually, I don't know which model I would want - the Kindle Touch? The one with 3G? The one with a keyboard?) I feel like at some point, we'll get an iPad, but we don't need to make that investment now.
Any e-readers out there? What do you think?? Any Kindle owners - and if so, which model would you recommend?