Friday, December 10, 2010
To Kindle or not to Kindle
I've been one of those resistant to the Kindle. Maybe it's my age, but the weight and feel and smell of traditional books is hard to give up.
Also, I'm a defiler. I mark up my books so well, they are rendered of zero or less value to anyone else by the time I'm done. I tend to write down whatever thought or inspiration comes to mind as I read, making it impossible and ill-advised for me to ever loan them out. Sometimes I think the safest place to commit my thoughts is inside my books. Some poor soul is going to find them in the penny bin of Goodwill store someday and wonder just what I was thinking. Or not. I think most unwanted books, today, are ending up in the incendiary.
Anyway, you'd think I'd be the last one to take books techno--but I've found myself contemplating a Kindle or an iPad anyway, and this is why: there are books, mainly reference types, which I don't need to own a hard-copy, and that would be excellent reading material in the car, or airport, or bathroom. They are books I usually want NOW, not a few days from now or a week from now.
Maybe I can have both--hard-copies for some and e-books for others.
The Kindle I want is priced at $189, whereas, iPads begin at $499.
What are your thoughts on digital book readers? Do you own a Kindle or an iPad? Why did you go with one or the other? Also, I need a horse themed gift for under $20.00 by Tuesday. Any suggestions?