I have a confession to make: I super love my Kindle.
It took me years to get one. Occasionally friends and acquaintances would consult me, knowing how voracious a reader I am, for my opinion on e-readers. I told them I was a physical book person. I liked pages and paperbacks, not PDFs and plastic.
But y’all. My boss initiated a few well-timed conversations about her Kindle, and finally, at the beginning of the summer, I saw myself surrendering $70 for a newfangled reading contraption. It’s arguably the best investment I’ve made for my reading habit. Seriously, this rivals the public library. Especially since Kindle doesn’t charge you late fines (not, of course, that I would have any personal experience to color my opinion).
It occurred to me the other day I had no idea when I’d last read a physical book. Y’all, the woman who swore by pages has gone 29 books and counting without touching any. This is astounding. This is magic. This is Kindle.
This also catalyzed a newfound ability to be patient. The other day I was pulling into the drive-thru to see the longest line I may have ever seen at a fast food restaurant. My initial reaction was horror. My subsequent reaction was not to care; I just yanked my Kindle out and started reading. You’ve never met anyone happier to spend 20 minutes in a drive-thru line.
Things I don’t love: you can’t flip through pages to easily reference favorite parts or refer back to something you may have missed. Also, (while I know there’s a highlight feature, and prefer not to use it because I can only function so digitally), there’s not an easy way to record favorite quotes. Granted, there wasn’t an easy way to do that with real books, either, and my preferred method (read: the simplest thing to do) has been to take pictures on my phone since it’s nearly always within arm’s length. I’ve yet to see how it will work to wade back through those pictures and collect those quotes either in a journal or a Word document (which is how I have historically kept favorite quotes).
Evidently, they are yet not enough to break my addiction to Kindling.
So, friends. Are you Kindling yet? If not, why not? If you are, do you prefer page or plastic?