I love books. Always have, even as a child. I love holding them, feeling their weight in my hands. I love how they smell. I love the texture of the paper. I love turning the pages. And mostly, I love seeing them around. I have books everywhere. In every room. Stacked on every surface. On the floor, on tables, on shelves, in bookcases.
When the first Kindle was introduced to the market, I swore I’d never buy one. A friend of mine extolled its virtues from the get-go. You could have thousands of books loaded and ready-to-read, right at your fingertips. And how great would that be for vacations? It was so lightweight; and again, how perfect is that when you’re travelling? You could have it with you, all the time, in your handbag or briefcase; and you’d always have something to read. Always.
All good and valid points. But. It just wouldn’t be the same as reading a book. Not for me. And for the longest time, I stuck to my guns.
Then iPad 1 was released. This same friend bought one. In fact a lot of people I know bought one; and they all loved, loved, loved them. I was unmoved. Mildly curious, but resolute. Didn’t need one. Wouldn’t read on it. And while I admired all the other stuff it offered, between my MacBook Air and my iPhone I had it covered. Continue reading