Kindle vs The Book
I thought it was time that I took a strong stand on an issue.
The Kindle vs The Book.
I was a purist for a long time. I love the smell the feel the look of the books lining my shelves–but I have a Hero who is never electronically challenged. He has every gadget made under the sun. He loves technology. He believes in technology – not because it is something new and he has to have it- but if he believes it will add to the quality of life or his business-he is on board. And————–because I am his wife and I fight technology–as in–I can still use this wringer washing machine-it still works just fine–I tend to receive technology based gadgets for every holiday-birthday-this is your anniversary present (3 months before it is my anniversary)-(and what I really wanted was a diamond bracelet)–So keep this in mind as you read my opinion.
A book is a source of comfort for me. I have several by my side at all times–I tend to read at least 5 at one time.
Right now-I am reading 2 photography books-a new book that I am having a hard time getting into-A book by A. W. Tozer-and a couple of others that I forgot the names of right off hand. I normally only read one fiction book at a time. I have to or I get my stories mixed up.
When we travel-I have always had this huge bag stuffed with at least 7-8 books. On vacation or traveling, I can consume 2 books in a week-sometimes more.
I have a book in the car with me at all times-I take a book to baseball games-if they last all afternoon or evening.
Honestly-I could stop typing right now and would love to go sit and read-but this is history I am writing here–
Back to the comparison.
2. A book feels right in your hand-like it was meant to be there
3. You can see if you are half way done.
4. I love book markers-preferable one hand made out of a gum wrapper or whatever scrap of paper I happen to have on me.
5. They smell good.
6. You look smart when you carry around a book.
7. A book makes a great decoration.
8. A book can become a family heirloom-passed down from generation to generation.
9. You can underline and highlight portions that you want to remember or reference back.
10. A book can withstand any weather-and come out fine-even if left in the rain-which happens to me quite often-don’t ask…
1. I don’t actually own a Kindle-but I have a Kindle App on my iPad.
2. My iPad is very nice to hold-and I feel like I am actually turning the pages-really, I’m not-obviously-but really I am.
3. I have a hard time knowing how far along I am in the book. It tells me I am 36 percent into the book-but that is like north, south, east and west to me…
4. When I open my Kindle App-it goes right to where I left off-it knows-and remembers which book I was just reading–
5. I can bring 50 books with me anywhere I go–they are with me at all times–all 50 of them.
6. You look a little pretentious with an iPad–I know that won’t last forever-but I am looking for a cover that looks like a real book or something.
7. I have so many books in my house now that my husband is threatening to box some of them-that is a cardinal sin in my book.
8. My kids want me to Will my iPad to them when I die. There are these amazing animated books-and audio books-Ask me about the ‘BibleIs’ App–amazing!
9. With a touch of my finger I can bookmark a page-make notes about the bookmark-and highlight portions-and I can see how many other people also highlighted that same portion- scary, huh?
10. I wouldn’t ever-ever leave my iPad out in the rain-my husband would kill me and then give my kids my iPad–somehow he never mentions it when I leave my books out in the rain?
Now-there are some drawbacks to my Kindle App
I can no longer read with sunglasses on-but I have adjusted. It has never happened to me-but I have heard it will shut down in very high temperatures. Living here in the north-that has not been an issue…ok…until this week when 95 degree weather hit–my iPad never skipped a beat.
I have an account with Amazon-with one-touch download straight to my iPad-and it all happens within 10 seconds–that means my money is also whipped out of my bank account in 10 seconds–but there is such power in finding that perfect book and really wanting it-and with one touch-there it is–no more being on the waiting list at the Local Library or paying 30.00 for the Hard Cover.
Now- I know there will be some books I will just have to have-to feel- But–I do think I can love both-and say ‘thank you very much’ to my technology crazed Hero–