Books are an addiction for me. They accumulate on my nightstand. On my coffee table. In my car. At almost any given moment there’s one tucked in my purse. And it’s a rare grocery run when I don’t at least pause beside that alluring section right next to the magazines.
Everyone in my family knows I’m an addict, which is why for years they’ve been trying to buy me a Kindle.
“Thanks,” I say (very sincerely… this is no cheap gift we’re talking about!) “But I’m really attached to my paperbacks.”
I am, too. For me, it’s about relaxation. I read books to relax, to unwind, to escape into a great story. Gazing at a computer screen and holding something digital in my hands feels like work to me. I’m in front of a computer all day. The last thing I want to do at night is curl up in an armchair with one.
Does anyone relate to this? Sometimes I feel like I’m the only book lover left who isn’t dying to make the leap to the Kindle, the Nook, the iPad, the Kobo. Which of course isn’t true. I mean, these gizmos are pricey. They range from around $200 for the Sony Reader Pocket Edition to the (gasp!) $829 iPad Wi-Fi 3G with all the bells and whistles. Now there’s something you don’t want to misplace. And it’s not possible yet to do what I do when I shop for sunglasses, which is go the cheapo route so that if you lose them (which I always do) nobody cares.
So, today I’m taking a poll. Show of hands, please, who here uses a digital reading device of some sort? And more importantly, do you like it? I’m genuinely curious. Maybe I’ve been too quick to judge.
Does it work for you at the beach? By the pool? What about in the bath tub? I read an article in the (paper version) New York Timesnot too long ago in which Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bragged about zipping his Kindle into a one-gallon Ziploc bag so he could use it in the bath tub.
He must be joking, I thought. Founder of one of the most progressive companies in the world and that’s the best he’s got? A plastic baggie?
There may come a day when I take these words back (I’m pretty sure of it, actually, but I’m dreading it all the same), but no digital book for me, thanks. I much prefer the paper kind.
So what about you? Like I said, takin’ a poll here. It’s only three questions, and anyone who responds will be eligible to win a free (paper) version of any of my books.
1) Do you own any sort of electronic reader?
2) If not, how come?
3) If you have one (or have ever used one) what do you think?
That’s it! Good luck with the giveaway and happy reading to you, however you like to do it.