Friday, January 06, 2012

Why this Luddite loves her Kindle

I want to say again how much I love my new Kindle.  Before Christmas, I had been in a bit of a book drought, which is unusual for me.  I would start a book, get through the first few chapters, and for one reason or another, returned it to the library.  The reasons were either that it was so poorly written that I couldn't bring myself to spend any more time with it or that the characters were so unappealing that I didn't want to spend time with them.  This has gone on for a couple of months.

Enter the Kindle.  I have read at least four books in the past week and enjoyed every single one of them.  I had to stop and think about why this would be, given that I don't normally feel the need to rush out and purchase the newest electronic gadget.  (I've only had a cell phone for the last couple of years and I still use a paper calendar. Perhaps more telling is that B. had to explain to me what the heck 'angry birds' were.  I know now. Sort of.)  I think I know now why I'm liking my Kindle so much.  It's because of the books that I can easily read on it.  Since I'm cheap as well as a Luddite, I tend toward the free books, which is just fine by me because those are the books which are now in the public domain.  That basically means they're old.  Some are titles that I've been wanting to read, but the library didn't have.  They were too old to stock.  But now I have volumes and volumes to keep me busy and satisfy my penchant for late 19th and early 20th century literature.  And I can carry them with me in a device which weighs less than my wallet.  Really, what's not to like?

And the icing on the cake?  I can organize all my electronic books in alphabetical order by author's last name. This last was really for my mother who is probably now smiling.  You see, I spent untold hours as a child organizing and sorting my personal library (which of course were shelved by author's last name).  I even made little library cards for each one.  A completely useless task as I was not overly prone to lend my books to people lest they break the spines or not return them in a timely manner.  Even then, I would have loved the idea of being able to carry my library with me everywhere.

2 comments:

Stefanie Krueger said...

Are ya gonna tell us some of the books! Some of us like to read old dusty books, too!

Sandpiper said...

I'm just having a chuckle reading your post because I also used to organize my books as a kid. I even invented my own Dewey decimal system for them.
I still use a paper calendar. I don't have a Kindle, but they intrigue me!

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