I Love Kindle, but Prefer Books

Everywhere you look there’s someone holding some kind of digital device. The information age it’s now called. They do make standing in line, sitting in the doctors’ and dentists’ office, and just about anywhere else you have to wait easier to withstand. I’ll admit, I go lots of places with lines, and I do a lot of waiting. So, having a Kindle app helps to pass the time. But… I still prefer the feel of a book. It’s just me, but I do.

There’s something really satisfying about page turning. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I read a book. I love the feel of the paper, and the smell of a new book gives me a sense of peace and tranquility. My mother worked in our local library when I was growing up, so I think that’s part of it. I was surrounded by books. I spent many long hours in libraries. I still check out books. I buy books. And, I read using my Kindle. I sometimes use Audible with it too. It’s what I do.

I do sometimes a judge a book by it’s cover. I did it with the book, “The Thirteenth Tale”, by Diane Setterfield. It had a great cover, and was a truly engaging read. I couldn’t put it down. I don’t think that it would been the same staring at the screen on my Ipad Kindle. I do have to admit, I sometimes read it with the black background with white letters. The screens’ light at night hurts my eyes. I know I can adjust it, but that’s not the point.

Books with chapters that end with a questionnaire are easier to answer when not on a Kindle. The pages don’t tend to shift like they do on my Kindle. My Kindle is easier to read in my car when picking up someone at night. There’s just a slight glow, instead of a blaring light over head. But, when I’m in bed at night snuggled up with a good book, I don’t have to worry when I fall asleep with it. A book doesn’t have to be recharged. And, I don’t have to worry about dropping one and breaking the screen in the middle of the best part. So many tortured cell phones that have paid he price for my reading “habit”. More like addiction. But, I digress… I homeschool my kids, and they share my love of reading also.

Since I love to read, I’m not giving up my Kindle. It’s holding over 200 books and counting. That’s a convenience that I can’t do without. I only take one book with me where ever I go, but my Kindle holds more than I could carry. For that I’m grateful. But the feel of a book, the warmth of the pages, licking my dry finger to turn the page. Using a new cool bookmark that I bought at the bookstore… Well, my Kindle can’t compete with it. But it’s in the running.



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