Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Eating my words.

Go it. Call me a hypocrite. Because I am.

Back in July I ranted against the Kindle in a big way. I thought they were pointless and only added more technology to take care of and worry about to our lives. I thought they were destroying the relationship between book and reader. I shuddered at the mere thought of buying books of the paperless variety.

And so I continued and continued to buy books. I hate library books, if I haven't yet shared that quirk with you. And just when I thought I had no more space to put them, I bought some more books and made the room.

And then Jesse and I got an apartment together. And that apartment does not have the space for all of my books to come live with us. We would seriously look like an episode of "Hoarders" if I tried to make the space for them. So I went through and separated the "I want to have this for my collection" and the "This was signed by the author" books from the "I read this in two hours by the pool" and the "WHAT was I thinking when I bought this?!" books. I donated the latter two categories. I got rid of (so far) SIX bags of books. And I still have multiple bookshelves full.

Then I won a gift card to Amazon. My first thought was, "Man, there are lot of books on my wish list that I could buy with that!". Then I realized that was the addict speaking. So I sucked it up and got a Kindle. I'm not sure how much I like it just yet. It's light and I love being able to get books in 60 seconds but it's definitely not the same. It will be useful for travel for sure, especially when I finish a book and I am not near a bookstore, but also for chick lit, current events books, newspapers, etc. that I don't want to have forever. It will definitely save trees. And it will save a little bit of money since e-books are cheaper than the real deal.

But mostly it will save Jesse and I from drowning in paperbacks.


Melita said...

sometimes we change our mind ;) i'm looking forward to seeing what you think of the kindle. i can definitely see it's benefits. and besides, i know you'll never give up the actual book ;) hugs!!

Nicky said...

I totally understand! I ended up getting a kindle as a christmas present and I do love it for some of the books I read (chick lit, book club books, etc.). I know many of these books are just for fun and it is unlikely that I'll read them again so I can feel less guilty about paying more money, taking up more space, and killing more trees. There are still some books that I buy in paper form, but I've found that I put much more thought into the paper books I do buy which helps cut down on my spending and hoarding!