But I kind of want a kindle (if it was called an Ikindle, I’d be more skeptical). 3500 books in the palm of your hand? I can see the appeal. I will now list the pros and cons of a Kindle, as I see it.
- Carry many books with you at once! Perfect for travel if you’re an avid reader like me and well, it’s not practical to travel with a library when you’re tramping, or traveling with carry-on luggage only.
- 3500 books stored! 3500! That would last me 67+ years (at an average of 1 book/week). 67 YEARS of books… I have died and gone to heaven. And 900k to chose from!
- No embarrassing book covers (honestly, who designs 99% of book covers? Horrid!)! You could be reading Dostoevsky when really you’re reading the trashiest of trashy romance novels.
- No family members judging you for reading something dark, mythical, fantasy and, God forbid, un-Christian. You just tell them you’re reading the bible. Kindle version. How wholesome does that sound?
- No need for a bookshelf! Do you live in a tiny house like me where space is prime?
- Environmentally friendly? Surely less resources would go into 1 kindle vs. 3500 paperbacks.
- No lugging around of GINORMOUS books. Yes, I want to read some Alexandre Dumas but his books weigh like a kilo+.
- Access to SO many books. More than the library. Some even out of print (I would hope).
- Paying for each book. Sure there is still the library. Emily who has a kindle tells me old books (like the classics! yay!) are free. And actually there are some (non-Amazon) websites dedicated to providing free e-books.
- Techy gadget. Will it be as durable as my Ipod nano (going on 4.5 years)?
- Paying for the kindle. The library is mostly free.
- No book smell.
- No tangible book pages and book-ness. The essence and beauty of books.
- No using bits of random junk mail as book marks.
- I would probably read all day and not finish my PhD.
- I would probably be broke from buying and filling my kindle with 3500 books (at ~$5 ea?!)
I’m REALLY tempted. Simply by the fact that no one can tell what you’re reading (I’m oft embarrassed by the books I chose to read. Did you see the list I posted two days ago?). However, I am conscious of the fact that I would actually spend ALL of my money on books. Like all. And then some. I’d have to quit my Fatso membership (NZ version of Netflix. I haven’t watched a movie in days yet they keep arriving in the mail!). So much for budgeting. I’d actually have to have a book budget and have bf set limits. Seriously. C’mon, books + me ≠ restraint.
Dunedin even gets the high speed download coverage!! (Thank you, Kindle worldwide coverage map!)
NZ has it’s own version known as KOBO. Only stores a mere 1000 books. And downloading books costs about the same. But of course, the initial cost is much less than a kindle. It doesn’t look quite as cool, but it downloads the ebook in a format which can also be read on PC or Ipad. Well, why would I read on PC when I can read on my e-book reader? And I despise the Ipad.
So there you have it. A “gadget” that is really tempting. Thoughts?