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5 Things I Have Learned From My Kindle

June 29, 2011

I’ve had a couple weeks with my parents’ borrowed Kindle. Gotta say, it’s love! Never, EVER thought I’d say that. And I might be feeling just a little bit guilty about the stacks of paper books still heaped around my place, in a state of Post-BEA overload.

Here are 5 discoveries I would not have made without the Kindle:
1. There are Mormons in Sherlock Holmes! Okay, they’re part of a back-story in A Study In Scarlet. When I read that bit, I was so confused I thought the file had gotten switched in somehow. I would not have been reading something as giant as the complete Sherlock Holmes, if it hadn’t been 99 cents in the Kindle store.

2. Cherry Ames is on Kindle! I will still keep an eye out for the real, proper, original books at garage sales and in used bookstores. I haven’t decided how strange I think it would be to read 1940’s YA fiction on a digital device.

3. There are bad book habits a Kindle won’t let you get away with: flipping to the end of a book, or even ahead a few chapters. (I sometimes do to check for names of characters, it’s only a skim really.) Also, it’s harder to tell what page you’re on. I like the way paper books give you a sense of reading progress you can hold onto, thicker on one set of pages than the other. It’s a part of reading pleasure I didn’t realize I was so attached to.

4. But, some bad book habits feel less bad in digital form: Dog-earing pages, writing notes in the margins. They’re all very discreet, a few pushed buttons, less of that guilty sense that Mrs. Grogan, the elementary school librarian, is looking over my shoulder while I deface a book.

5. There are some kinds of books I could never see reading on a Kindle. The kind where browsing and idly flipping pages is part of the experience, either of a first read or a re-read. Poetry, for example. Or fiction and non-fiction that reads like poetry. The e-reader experience has me pretty much in lockstep with the page order, which is a fine way to read some things.

As Sassymonkey pointed out, e-readers aren’t meant to replace real books. (…yet, I have to add, feeling a little gloomy) but to provide an alternate experience. And I’m still learning where that fits into my overall reading routine.


One Comment leave one →
  1. June 29, 2011 10:21 am

    Elegantly said. (Though the TOC and search functions let you skip around some….)

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