Born in the early 60’s, with a great love of books and reading, I thought I would never be one to convert from paperback books to an e-reader or ‘Kindle’.
Many of my friends had converted to the Kindle but I have never been very tech savvy and am quite old fashioned in many ways. I still use a paper diary and pencil in all my appointments, much to the horror of some of my peers and the younger generation!
So, to me, the magic of reading a book is all about the physical act of turning a page. The thought of even having to ‘swipe’ a screen to turn a page was beyond me and just something I didn’t want to do. I love the excitement of buying a new book. I love the smell of the paper of a new book. I love to look at the photographs in the middle if I am reading a biography even before I start my book. Very often it is the cover of a book that will entice me to buy as well as being able to read the back cover so I can get a quick overview of what I am about to read.
I knew this ‘old-fashioned’ way of reading wasn’t going to last and I found that out when I travelled to Europe for my 50thbirthday. I love reading on holidays, so I packed three paperbacks in my suitcase and one in my hand luggage and I have to say it was a bit of a mistake. They added weight to my luggage as well as taking up too much room and were a pain to carry around. The other question was what to do with them when I had finished reading them? I didn’t want to throw them out as I love keeping books, but it just wasn’t practical to drag them around with me for 6 weeks. I ended up leaving them in the hotels I stayed in. My books were left in hotel libraries in Paris, Italy, the Greek Islands and Thailand and I hope someone else enjoyed reading them! I also ran out of books by the end of the trip but luckily found a little café in Kho Samui Thailand that had a book swap and luckily, I found a couple that I wanted to read.
On returning from the trip I decided it was time to maybe switch to a Kindle as I wasn’t going to cart books around with me on my next holiday. My eyesight was also starting to go so I was finding it hard to read my paperbacks unless I was in good strong natural light, so it was time to convert. My partner bought me one for birthday and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t hard to use, and I slowly got used to ‘swiping’ rather than ‘turning’ the pages. I loved the fact that I could just browse my bookstore on my device by simply putting my favourite authors or genres into the search menu on my Kindle. Once I found a book that I liked it was only a matter of seconds before my book was paid for and downloaded to my library ready to read!
I am now a convert and absolutely love my Kindle. I take it with me everywhere and have over one hundred books stored in my virtual library. I can read it anywhere no matter what the light is like as the Kindle is back lit and very bright. I can adjust the font size to my liking, and I love that if a friend recommends a good read, I can instantly download the book and store in my library ready to read before I forget what the name of it is!
My verdict on Kindle vs Paperback has the Kindle as my preferred choice of reading these days but it’s mainly for practical reasons. I believe there are pros and cons to both. I still love the nostalgic feeling of holding a book and turning pages too, but I am afraid to say that technology has finally caught up with me!
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