I’ve owned a Kindle for close to two years now and a few weeks ago I realized that I have read less than 10 books on it. I have tons of books downloaded on the device – lots of out-of-print titles and other copyright free titles – but I don’t read them. And I have to ask myself: why not? I think it is all about the experience for me. Reading on my Kindle just doesn’t feel real. It feels like I am swallowing the words and not properly digesting them. I was discussing this issue with a friend at work and he likened it to the classic car collector’s feelings – they prefer classic cars to contemporary cars because the cars have soul, you can feel them working, as opposed to the computerized cars of today that are sterile and lifeless.
Also, the Kindle Fire is heavy. It is not easy to read it in bed as it strains the wrists much more than a paper book does and reading it is uncomfortable for me.
The hugest downside for me, however, is the design issue. I have an obsession with pretty books and covers and I derive immense enjoyment from reading a beautiful book that has a well-designed cover. The black, liquid look of the Kindle Fire is not horrible, but it isn’t pleasing to the eye either.
I am not anti-ebook. I know ebooks have a place in our modern lives and that they are convenient, portable and immediate in a way that print books aren’t. I don’t think I will be reading very many more of them myself, but I do plan to keep my Kindle as a tablet to use for web surfing and tweeting and facebooking.
How do you feel about ereading?
I can’t decide if this disturbs me or not.
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