I love books. Whenever I need to calm down I visit a bookstore and browse. I love the feel of a book. I like the smell of old books you can find in an antique store. I patronize my town’s little bookstore, even though it would be easier to order from Amazon or Barnes and get it delivered. With summer yard sales and flea markets coming up, one of my great delights on a Saturday morning is to buzz over to the table of books and spend some time going through them. Among them I have found notebooks, diaries and journals 100 years older and more–but that’s fodder for another post.
My partner travels for work a lot, and is also an avid reader. But she is tired of lugging around two or three hardcover books for the trip. Her birthday is coming up in September, and I’m thinking about buying a Kindle for her to use.
Do any of you use a Kindle? How do you find it in comparison with “paper books”? Do you read more using this device?
I wonder what its impact will be on publishing houses and authors. And I worry that Kindle and its competitors may eventually eliminate paper books or tremendously restrict what authors and titles are available to people who prefer to read books in paper.
A February 24, 2009 New York Times article, “The Kindle: Good Before, Better Now” by David Pogue is here.
See Kindle on Amazon here.