Saturday, June 23, 2012

Kindle or book?

My husband bought me a Kindle for Mother's Day, and although I have stated in a previous blog that I prefer real books, I have to admit a Kindle is pretty cool.  It is light, and convenient, and I can have 5, or 50 books on it.  However, when I took a recent trip to Austin to attend a conference, I was so looking forward to reading a Jeffrey Archer book on my return flight . . . and the Kindle wasn't working.  What a bummer!  That never happens with books.  When I got home, I told my husband and together we couldn't figure out what was wrong or how to fix it.  Charging it all day didn't help.

The next day my 14 year-old son came bounding down the stairs and proclaimed "I fixed your Kindle Mom."  And indeed he had.  Apparently all you need to do is hold the power button for 20 seconds and jiggle it up and down -- I kid you not! 

So yes, I have a Kindle, and I'm using it.  However, I have discovered they are dangerous and seductive.  Once I finish a book, it is so easy to search for a new one, and one click later I have spent $7 or $8.  So I took myself to the library and checked out four books. 

Kindle or book?  I'll use both.

In my next blog I'll tell you a bit about the books I have just read.  What does make a good read anyway?


  1. Something in the kindle sounds loose. Nice tech support skills young man!

    Book.. but for group Bible study the e-reader on my android phone is useful (just have to make sure its charged)

  2. Definitely Kindle must be a great buy.. Being a dust allergic person I feel Kindle is easy to read becoz whenever I open a book to read, I first sneeze sneeze and sneeze :-) and its difficult to read after so much of sneezing :-) No matter how much ever I clean the book with wipes I still sneeze :-( I shud check out options to buy a Kindle ....

  3. Hmmm, I felt the same way. At first I didn't care for it because I love traditional books. I love the way they smell, I love the way they feel - either the smooth or texture pages, and I love to write on my books and bend the corners.

    It wasn't till recently I thought about getting an e-reader and that was for a few reasons. I have stopped reading books for quite some time (except the occasional AM Report or Metro on the train ride to work, when I can get my hands on them before I hit the PATH, since they don't have the stands or people handing them out on Pavonia anymore, although sometimes I find an abandoned paper on the train). I felt that getting an e-reader will encourage me to start reading again. Another reason is, I didn't want to start carrying the extra weight of a book or having to find "the right handbag" to carry it in. Plus, I didn't want everyone to know what I'm reading, especially after having to race and wrestle people for a seat for my morning commute to 33rd street.

    Imagine me...squeezing through the double doors of the train once they to a nearby seat while pushing the men out of the way using UFC moves just so that I can sit down and read "My Daily Bread: When Anger Burns" - not so good. So to avoid the embarrassment I thought to myself, "Well, maybe I should get an e-reader" :)

    This weekend, my husband surprised me with the Barnes & Noble Nook. While I won't load 5,000 books on it, it sure is easier to carry and I won't have to get a special handbag for it. But I did see a nice bag the other day....

    Anyway, I still can't part with the traditional books I already have on my shelves. Not sure if I want to go 100% digital. The digital books still won't replace my physical Study Bible. :)


    1. Magda, thanks for your great post! I hope you like your Nook. I also will not part with traditional books.