Hello, my lovely readers, and welcome to another great week. I hope that your weekend went really well and that you feel refreshed and ready to go 🙂
I have a question for all of you out there. What do you think of e-readers, specifically the Kindle? My mother-in-law has the Kindle DX and she absolutely loves it. I’m considering purchasing one, but I’m not sure.
When I first heard about the Kindle, I’ll admit that I turned up my nose. The idea of reading off a computer screen didn’t sit well with me. I can be a bit of a purist and thought, “Hmph! I like paper books, thank you very much! None of this Kindle crap for me!” And then I saw my mother-in-law’s and I was impressed. It’s convenient, easy on the eyes, and lightweight. I’m a big reader and the thought of having one device that holds a lot of books is quite appealing to me. Also appealing is the fact that I can get a new book anytime I want.
There are a few drawbacks. For one, there’s our move to New Zealand. Now, from what I can tell the Kindle would still be usable in Auckland, but I would have to pay a $1.99 fee whenever I download a book. However, this fee can be circumvented if I download first to my computer and then transfer it to my Kindle. Not quite as convenient, but still very nice. There’s also the issue of price. The DX is $489.00. Yikes.
Chris has said that if I really want to get one, then I can, but with the understanding that from that point on I start purchasing the majority of my books in e-book format. I don’t know about that. There’s something so nice about having a book in your hands, you know? And I love books! I collect vintage books, for Pete’s sake! It seems almost sacrilegious, but I understand his point. Why invest so much money in a device if you’re going to continue buying paper books?
I’ve been thinking about all of the ways in which I would use it – long flights to and from New Zealand (that’s a 24 hour flight one-way, and I can read a lot of books in that time-frame), those times when I’m in New Zealand and have no idea where the closest bookstore is, those times when I really don’t feel like driving to the bookstore or waiting for a book to come in the mail if I order it online… the list goes on and on. I also like the fact that there are many free e-books out there.
So what do you think? I know that some of you own a Kindle. Do you like it? If you don’t own a Kindle, do you wish that you did? Do you think that they’re a good idea or a bad idea?