I love books. Not just reading them. I love the books, themselves. I love the musty smell of old, dog-eared pages. I love the sound of the cracking spine as I open a book for the first time. I love the way books look lined up on my shelves. I love the library with its colorful shelves and attractive table displays of books. I love quirky bookmarks. For all these reasons, I have sworn I will never own a Nook, Kindle, or any other E-Reader. There’s a good reason your mother told you never to swear.
I’m back pedaling. Fast. Books are bulky. They’re expensive. They require an outside lighting source. I have to drive to a bookstore to get them or wait for Amazon to deliver them. (Don’t get me started on my guilt for the treachery of abandoning my local bookstore for the convenience of Amazon.) An E-Reader would solve all my problems. Any book I want I can have without wondering where I’m going to put it when I’m done reading it. I can read on my porch in the evenings without the porch light attracting the pesky bugs or in my bed without disturbing my dear husband. I will have access to any book I want whenever I want it, and it may even be free. Last but not least, I’ll have WiFi access.
And yet, I’m hesitant. I’m not that girl. I own a basic cell phone for emergencies. I listen to music on the radio or CDs. I don’t have a laptop– I don’t even know if that’s the correct word. I can’t imagine sitting in a coffee shop, reading a book on an E-Reader. Not that I have time to read books in coffee shops, but if I did, a book is more me. Low-tech, traditional, and showing a little wear and tear.
What about you? Do you prefer Books or Nooks? If you’re a Nook, did you go willingly or kicking and screaming?
Here’s one reader’s thoughts on the subject. Added bonus? The Harry Potter angle. Off -Color Book from P.O.R.N.