Friday, 3 February 2012

I like you, but I'm sorry, I don't love you


We can still be friends but I don’t want to feel that I’m tied to you.

That was not an easy thing to say, especially as I was talking to my Kindle. I thought this was going to be a lasting relationship but somehow things haven’t quite worked out between us. I know all the points in favour of my Kindle. 
  • I can take a whole pile of books on holiday with me and I don’t have to pay any excess baggage costs. 

  • I can open it up and there is the last page that I read, no risk of the bookmark sliding onto the floor leaving me growling with frustration. 

  • I can buy and start reading a new book at any time day or night, instantly. 

  • I can make the print larger when I’m feeling tired and the world is blurring before my eyes. 

  • I can tag good bits. 

  • I can search for specific words… 

...but it’s not a book!

Two days ago, when the frost was thick on the ground and I couldn’t face going out, I ordered some books from Amazon. They arrived this morning. They’re on the settee next to me as I type this and I keep glancing at them. I can’t wait to open them and start reading. I’ve missed a shiny front cover. I’ve missed flicking through the pages. I’ve missed being able to sniff the paper… [Did I really admit to that in public? Whoops!]

So I’m sorry, little red Kindle. [Yes, I even treated it to a flashy leather jacket.] I may still take you out occasionally because I quite like you, but it’s books that I really love and I guess I always will.

This is my 200th post.
Just thought I’d mention it. Hurray! J


31 comments:

  1. Yippee - I am with you on this. I don't have any sort of eReader and I don't want one. I have a room full of books and sometimes I just sit in there and stare at them :)

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  2. I think I left a comment but it vanished... I said Yippee! I completely agree with you on this - I don't have an eReader and I don't want one. I have a room full of books and sometimes I just sit in there and look at them :)

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  3. All I have ever done with a Kindle is to glance at another person's in a waiting room. She loved it. I couldn't see why, and this is because I have always loved the actual book itself. I also smell books. :)

    Congratulations on your 200th post!

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  4. I'm so glad you posted this because I have been thinking about getting a Kindle. I worried about reception here in the canyon, but more than that, I worried about the reading experience. And I know I would feel just like you do. I have discovered a wonderful thrift shop where they have lots of used books. Paperbacks are 25 cents and hardcover $1.00. And they are really, really good books. There must be some smart people living here somewhere.

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  5. I'm in a similar boat, though I don't actually have one. But I'm so in love with books that I've only seen the benefit of e-readers in regards with travel.

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  6. I don't even like my Kindle. I've read a few books on it, meh. It feels more like reading a manuscript than a real book. I got it for ebook research, and it's been extremely useful for that purpose but it will never never replace the book-reading experience I truly cherish.

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  7. Congratulations on the 200th post!

    Like you, I do love to curl up with a good BOOK. I like the kindle for all the reasons you mentioned, but, I do like books, so it looks like I'm sharing my love around. :)

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  8. When he bought me my Kindle, I think my husband thought that our book storage problem (bookshelves in three rooms and counting!) was at an end. And, while I love my Kindle for all the reasons you mention in your post, I still get books from the library and I continue to buy paperback versions of some books. Because books in that format were my first love and you never forget your first love!

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  9. I do love my kindle, mainly due to NetGalley, but it really can't replace a real book can it? Great post and congrats on your 200th post! :D

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  10. It's true! I'll always read on my Kindle (for the reasons you state) but I love to read a book too. So to all those who groan that it's the end of paper-books - you're wrong!!!

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  11. My Kindle is allowing me to read old books I'd never buy. But having just received a parcel of free real books from Icon books for sharing their Facebook post on the origin of turkeys I'm literally knee deep in books. I can't possibly read them all. I have the Kindle permanently on a large font; it goes with me when I' travelling - horses for courses springs to mind.

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  12. We have a Nook. We lean towards books but will use it when we have to. It is a bit of a love-hate relationship.

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  13. Congratulations on both your 200th post and staying loyal to books. There's no substitute, is there?
    xoRobyn

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  14. Happy 200th post! I love my new Kindle, but it will NEVER take precedence over my love for real honest-to-God leather-bound books with paper pages.

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  15. Ok, I'm a radio journalist, and I use technology all the time. But for me reading is such a pleasure....always hasbeen and always will be.

    books for me are so tactile ...yes, like you, I sniff them!I love the flick as I turn the page, I read in the bath and on the beach ...I couldn't do that with a kindle.Goish, imagine where the sand would go!
    In fact, call me a luddite, but the thught of a kindle jsut doesn't excite me liek a ral book does. )even though your red cover is lovely!)

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  16. Hi Ros .. I'm about to start catching up with blogging friends .. Happy 200th post = impressive.

    I haven't got a kindle or such .. am looking forward one day to get one - but I do love my books .. and the sniffing!

    This is a weekend for sniffing I think .. enjoy your new books - cheers for now .. Hilary

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  17. We're humans, not robots. Me too. At first I was in joy over my kindle but that was fickle and fleeting. Once in a while I put in something I know I won't keep but yes, how I miss the smell. How can an electronic thing replace that comforting smell of ink and paper. So it's adios kindle.

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  18. Congratulations on your 200th post!

    I downloaded the Kindle app for my laptop, and I've perfected the 'reading position', but I'll only be using it to buy books that are exclusively digital. If there's a print edition, especially one I can buy from a bookshop, then I'll buy the book, and probably treat myself to a hot choc while I read the first chapter.

    Books are forever. With ebooks, I keep wondering what will happen if the technology changes - like VHS to DVD etc.

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  19. I'm always so worried that I'll buy a Kindle, only to find that I don't like it. :-)

    Congrats on your 200th post.

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  20. well Ros, as you know I love my Kindle but that's probably partly because I do most of my reading whilst traveling on buses and also because books bought from Amazon take a long time to get here to Israel and the postage is quite hefty.
    Kindle does away with all of that as well.

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  21. I would like to think that both can live in harmony but I sense that like you I would want the tactile, olfactory experience that the book brings. Lets' hope both can survive!
    Congrats on no 200!

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  22. Congratulations on your 200th post! Wow.

    I'm sorry it didn't work out with your Kindle as you hoped. I still haven't gotten one, but I enjoy hearing the pros and cons from others.

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  23. As we are going on holiday in a few days I got my wife's kindle out to have a proper look at it. Since buying it, the red covered machine (yes we have one as well) has mostly sat in a cupboard untouched. But surely this is where it should come into it's own, for a holiday? I actually found it uncomfortable to hold (although I am sure that I would get used to it) and whilst being really easy to read, just didn't seem the same as a book. Turning the pages by tapping a button also didn't give the satisfaction of progressing through the book. And the books are so expensive and so few in number when compared to cheap paperbacks. So I might download one to her machine for the holiday, but I will probably end up reading the paperback and not getting around to the machine.

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  24. Congratulations on 200 posts! I'd love a Kindle, but I don't think it would ever beat 'real' books :-)

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  25. I don't have an e-reader yet. I'm not sure when I'll take the plunge. I don't really travel that much, so regular books work for me. It's so good that you admitted this. I think I will always have a soft spot for *real* books, too.

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  26. Congratulations on your 200th post Rosalind! I agree that there still is more excitement in opening up a new book, or even a library classic. For now I'll alternate between all of the above. Julie

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  27. I meant to leave a comment when I first read this.I agree with everything you've said,I lile my Kindle but I love books.Sometimes if a book has a lot of characters I need to remind myself of them and it's harder to do this on a kindle.I cannot pass a bookshop and half my time doing my shopping is taken up by looking at books. Coming home with a new book or having a parcel of them delivered can never be replaced it gives you the feel good factor.Well done on your 200th post,pass the champagne.

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  28. Congratulations on 20o posts. Woohoo! I feel the same way about my Kobo. Like but not love. Great post!

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  29. Hi Rubye, yay another book sniffer :-)

    Hi Inger, sorry if I put you off buying one but then again if I saved you money they that’s great.

    Hi Gwen, they’re great if you go travelling a lot I suppose but I’m not much of a traveller.

    Hi Karen, I love that word – meh – it says it all :-)

    Hi Rebecca, sharing your love around can’t be bad… I guess!

    Hi Kath, that’s very true. I bet we can all remember our first love!

    Hi TBAG, not sure what NetGalley is. Will it enhance my Kindle?

    Hi Susan, agreed, it’s definitely not the end of paper-books.

    Hi Bob, I’m also using my Kindle to read old who-dun-its that I’d never buy and they don’t have in the library.

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  30. Hi Rebecca, I wonder if a Nook is any better than a Kindle.

    Hi Robyn, there certainly isn’t.

    Hi Susan, oh the smell of a leather-bound book with top quality paper pages, heaven!

    Hi Bridget, you’re most definitely not what I would call a luddite, especially as you now have two blogs when some people haven’t even got one! I think Kindles are fine on a beach but not in the bath, oh no.

    Hi Hilary, another book sniffer, yay!

    Hi Manzanita, yet another book sniffer. There are more than I suspected. I won’t say adios to my Kindle but it doesn’t get opened every day.

    Hi Annalisa, I’d be interested to know what your ‘reading position’ is because I can’t work one out.

    Hi Misha, hope I haven’t put you off Kindles for life. Some people love them... like Ann…

    Hi Ann, I can see that in your situation a Kindle is ideal but I suspect if you were still here in the UK you might possibly belong to the ‘not quite sure’ brigade.

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  31. Hi Susan, I think both will survive and that they’ll each have their place in our lives.

    Hi Ruth, I hope I haven’t put you off buying one. It’s only my opinion.

    Hi Martin, I find it uncomfortable to hold too and as I’ve made the print a bit larger (old or rather oldish eyes I’m afraid) I have to tap that page turning button even more than you do!

    Hi Sarah, I think we’re most of us in agreement that a Kindle will never beat books but it might sit happily beside books for odd occasions.

    Hi Amy, hope I haven’t put you off from ‘taking the plunge’.

    Hi Julie, alternating sounds like a reasonable compromise.

    Hi Anne, I’m always flicking backwards and forwards in a book as I’m useless at remembering names and frequently get characters mixed up. I’m drinking sparkling grape juice but do have a glass of champers. Cheers!

    Hi BIP, Is a Kobo the same as a Kindle?

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