So I don’t think it’s a huge secret that I’ve always been a huge opponent of the Kindle (and the Nook, and any other device that takes away the actual physical action of turning a page in a book). I LOVE books. And by that I mean real books: books that I can see, touch, and smell (not taste, that’s yucky). And yes, I smell books. Sue me. I read all different kinds of books—fiction, non-fiction, biography, autobiography, etc. The Great Gatsby and The Fountainhead are two of my favorites, as is anything about John Adams and then I also enjoyed the Russell Brand books. One of my most favorite stores in the world is Strand bookstore (it’s in NYC on 8th just down from Union Square). I can spend hours perusing the 18 miles of books—some used, some new. One day when I have a house I want to have a library in it full of books on bookshelves that are wall to wall, floor-to-ceiling, and there’s a ladder that rolls around for the higher shelves. Think the library from Beauty and the Beast, but most likely on a smaller scale since I will probably not live in a castle. Anyway, that said, I’ve felt a lot of pressure lately to jump on the Kindle train. There’s part of me that wants to take that leap. It’s as though there is a devil on one shoulder and an angel on the other. The devil’s saying “do it, get a kindle, it’s so much more convenient for traveling…” and then the angel’s saying, “no don’t do it, think of all the books that need your love and a place on one of your bookshelves.” I’m really not sure what to do, and I’m aware that to some this may seem petty and nerdy with you saying, “it’s just a book,” but I love walking into my apartment and seeing my bookshelves (I have 3—2 floor-to-ceiling and 1 half-way) full of all my books. That’s another thing…I kind of need to get another bookshelf and I don’t have a place to put it without rearranging all of my furniture and I’m pretty sure the rearrangement wouldn’t look very good. Which means that unless I stop reading, or start piling books places (I think not), I have to get a Kindle. But even then I feel like I would be betraying real books.
Here’s my thought: I think I’m going to get a kindle but just for certain categories. The Kindle will be for ebooks that are fiction, non-historical non-fiction (psychology & Christian living type books), and biographies/autobiographies that have nothing to do with my heritage. If I love a book that I read on Kindle and think I must have it in real book form, I’ll buy it. If a book has anything to do with my family history, I buy it (or it’s gifted to me)—I just about have an entire shelf dedicated to John & Abigail Adams. I also collect first editions and very old books—my most prized book is Catcher in the Rye (thanks to my brother and Zach).
So, I guess, the answer is to Kindle.
…I just hope the books forgive me…