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January 8, 2013

And the year 2007 thanks me for finally arriving

Over Christmas I bought myself a Kindle Paperwhite 3G. I haven't made the leap to eReading and I believe it's going to take me a while to get into it, but I'm glad I bought a Kindle. I like it. It's small, portable, useful and aligns with my 2013 zeitgeist.

I'm hoping that the Kindle will help me a little with my book storage issues (I am running out of room at home!) Look, I'm always going to buy books -- I love them, I love the way the feel and smell and the solid way they fit in my hand. What I do not love is boxing them up and moving them or storing them in piles all over the house. If I buy half the books and read twice as much using the Kindle I'm ahead of my own game.

Perhaps the Kindle will come in handy with another 2013 goal: Go On Vacation. My idea of vacation is sitting in a cafe somewhere far away reading a great book. On my last trip to Paris I had to pay a hefty luggage overcharge for all the paperbacks I bought at Shakespeare & Co! That dumb fee cost more than an eReader.

The Kindle is really simple to use and it's much lighter than my iPad. The built-in light is useful at night. I also sprung for the case, when I travel it will make a nice protector. Downloading books couldn't be simpler. I already started my first book, but it's a very different experience on an eReader. I didn't realize how often I thumb ahead in a book or locate passages by sight based on page placement, but perhaps this is something you get used to. I also miss that comforting feeling of holding a physical book. Is this something that wears off? Did you get used to it in time?

My loyalty to Amazon tipped my decision in favor of the Kindle. I've heard wonderful things about the Nook, but I know that Amazon's customer service is the best of the best of the best. I figure if I read one extra book a month (while simultaneously not adding to my overfilled bookshelves) the Kindle will be worth it. (For the record, yes I know libraries are wonderful, yes I love libraries, we all love libraries. But I choose to buy books, author karma, etc. etc. You do what's best for you.)

Have you made the switch to an eReader? Did it take you a while to get used to reading electronically? Do you read mostly digital, mostly paper books or a combination? Has your eReader helped you cut down on physical book storage? (At first I almost said "book clutter" but books are not clutter!)

Posted by laurie at January 8, 2013 8:44 AM