#187 – Kindle
My sister got one first.
Then Alycia, my wife, got one.
I wasn’t sure I wanted one but, for my birthday, I got my own.
Amazon’s e-reader has been on the market for nearly four years and has revolutionized how people read books. I was unsure about whether or not I even wanted an e-reader and now, with a Kindle in hand, I’m still unsure.
My biggest reservations with the Kindle come from my library of paper books. Before I had a budget or a responsible wife, I spent a lot of money on books. I would buy books at a rate faster than I could possibly read them. I’ve stopped buying as many books but people keep sending me new ones. If I didn’t add any new books to my library, I imagine I would have something new to read for at least five years if not more.
I have a lot of books that I had planned on reading and haven’t yet gotten to. Now, with a Kindle, are those books simply a lost cause? I’m looking forward to reading books on my Kindle, in fact I just finished a paper book and began an e-book. I’m scared that I’ll enjoy the Kindle so much, though, that I’ll refuse to go back. And the library of books I’ve collected will go unread, unless I pay for the digital copies.
The Kindle is a revolutionary product and it will be interesting to see how it continues to alter the reading landscape. I’m taking me first steps into this brave new world but I might leave a trail of breadcrumbs to find my way back.
How do you feel about e-readers? Do you have one? Would you ever get one?