I still try to turn the page

I used to say there was no way I would use an e-reader. I love the feel of a book too much — the smell, the feel of the pages between my fingers — those are things that an e-reader can’t provide.

Then, as I was halfway through a book that just wasn’t doing “it” for me — I longed for a different, new bobooksok in front of me. Something captivating, something juicy. But, it was past 9 p.m., and I didn’t feel like venturing out to peruse a discount retail store, since book stores would likely be closed before I got to them.

An e-reader would be perfect in times like this.

The thought popped into my head as though it were some sort of e-reading fairy whispering into my ear. I suddenly envied those e-reader owners, those people I labeled as fake book lovers and empty robotic readers. No, they’re smart, I thought. And I felt stupid.

I decided I would ask Santa for the gift of electronic reading. And, I felt extremely excited. And a bit like a hypocrite, since I used to blast the idea of owning one, but hey — things change. I took to Twitter to find out which e-reader I should specifically ask “Santa” to “bring” me.

I drooled over the Google Nexus and all of it’s options and fun offerings. I can check my gmail on my e-reader?! Amazing! Then, I looked at the Nook. A Tweeter pointed out that I could walk right into Barnes & Noble when I need customer service. My first thought was, then why wouldn’t I just buy a book in that case? No. I wanted a detached-from-people e-reader experience.

So, no Nook.

It was Kindle’s turn, and I checked out three of their options — the original Kindle, the Paperwhite and the Fire. The Fire certainly had a lot to offer, and as I studied its description, I stopped myself dead in my tracks. I mean, really. Whoa. internet, movies, email, blah blah.

I want an e-reader, not an e-everything. I just want books. That’s it. No distractions — just books. Just me and the characters and their stories. I don’t want to be tempted to check my email, or look something up on the Internet — reading a book is what one often does to get away from thoKindle_Paperwhite_35438287_35437744_35438313_35438312_02_620x433se things.

Kindle Paperwhite it was (is).

I am obsessed with it. OBSESSED. I’m currently reading Gone Girl after reading many, many tweets and reviews about how great it is. And, I already have a book on deck.

Surprisingly, I don’t miss the feel of an actual book. I’m too lost in the story to notice that. I also don’t miss turning the pages…because every now and then, I still instinctively reach to the corner of my Kindle and my fingers make the page-turning motion without even thinking about it.

I then giggle…and go back to my fake, robotic e-reading. And I couldn’t be happier about it.

Thank you, Santa.

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12 thoughts on “I still try to turn the page

  1. I’m a late bloomer in the e-reader movement too. I only bought one last year. While I love print books, and never thought I’d feel this way, I admit I love my Kindle. Things like being able to change font size when my eyes are tired, the ready availability of a book whenever I want one, and the exposure to many new independent authors that I find on my Kindle make it a great piece of technology. I’ll always love the aesthetics of real books. But I think e-books are definitely here to stay.

  2. I LOVE my Kindle Fire. The amount of time I spend reading now is triple what it was before I got it. Definitely the best “gadget” I’ve purchased in a long, long time.

  3. I got a fire for Christmas last year, but wanted it for use as a tablet AND an e-reader. I couldn’t be happier! Great for those late night book selections, and I love that you can rent and share books! I still read paperbooks, but more informational books (like pregnancy books when I was pregnant)

  4. My wife got me a Kindle prior to my last deployment (2010). It was a great space saver for my rack pan. Plus the”Library” we had on the boat had some of the most horrid selections of literature ever. Also, the battery would last about a month with the Wi-Fi and cell signals turned off, so the receptacle in my rack could be used for keeping my PSP charged most of the time.

  5. I, too, used to hate the thought of owning an e-reader. I quietly called e-reader owners lazy readers. I never, ever, ever, ever wanted one: I loved the feel of a book in my hands, turning the pages. Then, I got a regular Kindle when I turned 15. I was really mad because I told my mom to never get me one- and she did the complete opposite. Today, I’m such a hypocrite- I like using my Kindle, and I find that I finish books faster on there than actually holding the book (Read Safe Haven in 2 days- 2 days!). I use the Kindle and hold a book 50/50.

  6. You know, I have felt the EXACT same way. I basically formed a resistance group against e-readers. I’ll admit I’m a tad OCD with my books. I read them and then they go on my bookshelf(ves) that my father and I made when I was a wee lad. They are “filed” alphabetically by author and then in series order (Lee Child, Harlan Coben, and Michael Connelly start the sequence). BUT suddenly, I’ve weakened and started seeing the benefits, like the ones you have mentioned, of an e-reader. I too have picked the paper white. I like the back light. No waking Mrs. Confused as I read in bed. I like the portability. I like the availability of books. I haven’t bought it yet, but it’s happening very soon. Thanks for the post. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one hopping the picket lines.

    Happy New Year to you!

    C

  7. I have the original Nook, which uses e-ink. White background, black words – love it. I just use it for reading; I don’t need a tablet or anything (that’s what phones are for!) – just a place to store the dozens of books I want to read. 🙂

  8. Yeah, I enjoyed it as well. I like to be shocked, so I found her writing style to be vulgarly refreshing, if that makes any sense. SLIGHT SPOLIER ALERT!!!! I too was a little unhappy with the ending but I’m a just, retributive kinda guy that unfairly projects such assumptions into everything I watch or read. I guess there was some retribution, so to speak, just not in the morally straight direction I assumed.

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