For my birthday, I received the Kindle Fire. I never had an e-reader before, and all I can say is I didn’t know what I was missing.
The Kindle Fire is amazing. I’m going to sound like an advertisement in saying this, but I can surf the web, create documents (I still need to figure that one out), and read books within seconds. I can read books on my iPhone too, but it’s a lot easier to read a book on the Kindle screen than the iPhone screen. Not only are books easier to read, so many of the classics are free. FREE! To use a Princess Bride line, “Inconceivable!” at how amazing this thing is.
I feel like the Kindle Fire will get me to read more. I’m embarrassed to say that I am behind on my reading. I used to pride myself on being a fast reader, but since graduating from college I’ve fallen back into slow-reading mode which means it takes me longer to finish a book. There’s something about the Kindle screen, however, that brings out the inner child in me that loves to flick the screen to turn the e-pages. Plus, there’s the added bonus of not having to hunt through my bookshelf to find the book I’m looking for, then to hunt for it again once I put it down. With the Kindle, it’s right there in my carousel.
I read Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest yesterday. Although I have the print copy on my bookshelf, the print copy has a thin layer of dust on it from not even being glanced at in so long. But downloaded to my Kindle, I spent the afternoon reading it.
Now having experienced the Kindle, I think there is something to be said about the different reading mediums out there. I know there was (and still is) debate as to whether traditional publishing will eventually be phased out in the wake of the e-publishing revolution. While I do think that the popularity of traditional publishing will subside, there will still be a place for traditionally published books. I may love my Kindle, but I still love holding a book in my hand.
Books are becoming more like Warhol pieces where it’s the same image only in different colors; with books, it’s the same book only in different formats.