I’ve spent a lot of time on the iPad bandwagon this year. I scored one for myself within the first few weeks they were out and have LOVED the thing – and touted the thing – ever since.
My wife even got me a monogrammed iPad sleeve for the holidays. Cool, cool, cool!
But someone else scored me a Kindle as a gift and you know what, I really, really like the thing. A lot! Though I wouldn’t use it to jump online in any fashion (though it has a limited ability to do so) as a “reading only device” it really rocks.
Better for overall reading than the iPad, that’s for sure.
Now this is not a “me fessing up to eat crow” post because if I were to outfit a school and our nation’s students I’d still go with the iPad hands down, but reading books on the Kindle’s e-ink screen has already won me over. I like it, I will use it, and it will find a place in my “bag”.
Of course, I can’t even tell you how many people have told me how their volume of reading has practically tripled since they scored a Kindle as well. I can now see why. Between it’s usability and its portability, the device does gives voracious readers like me a chance to haul around tons of books in a way that up until a few years ago was simply not possible.
In fact, I remember back in my 20’s when I wanted to disappear for a bit, I headed down with a one way ticket to Central America with just a back pack and a lot of baggage. Emotional baggage, for sure. But physical, too. Jeans, t-shirts, shorts, soap, none of those things really weighed me down. But I HAD to carry books with me. I mean I carried like 10-15 of them at a time. Literally. People who saw what I was schlepping thought I was bonkers – clearly, they accounted for 35-50% of my travel weight – but I swear, those books saved me. And when I’d cross into towns with used book stores, I’d swap my Maugham for some Coelho, grab all the Castaneda I could locate, spend evenings with Dostoevsky and Dante and on and on.
Now I think to myself, “If only I had a Kindle then.”
Yes, the printed book will always have a space in my life – this is not an either/or world in which we now live – but the Kindle, the iPad, the color Nook (I don’t own one, but it looks quite intriguing to me, too) well… these devices are changing the manner in which we interact with and access literary content.
However, the question is, if you change the means of interaction, do you also change the content as well? This is still a “yes and no” type of territory for me.
Anyway, for now, yes, I’ve added another gadget to my reading life… and it’s only made me want to read more and more.