I Love to Hate My Kindle

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Ishpeming  –  October 24, 2013  –  I’ve always said I would never own an e-reader, but I finally gave in last year and bought a Kindle. It’s just the basic version, but I still felt like I was cheating on my books as I opened the package from Amazon.com and set it up.

It is convenient to be able to carry around a library of books in one little, easy-to-carry

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That just doesn’t look right to me, a Kindle where books should be.

package, but I still can’t help but hate it a little every time I use it. It lacks the character and charm that I’ve learned to appreciate from books — the way they smell, the sound of turning pages, even the way the covers feel in my hands and the quirky marks from the printing process left on the pages.

I have 57 books on my Kindle now and every month I find myself downloading new ones. I’m using it more and more, but that guilty feeling remains every time I turn it on or plug it into my computer.

I know I’ll never wear the ink off the pages of my Kindle and that I can take my “library” with me wherever I go either with the Kindle or on my cell phone. I suppose convenience counts for something.

Maybe someday I’ll get over my loathing of electronic books, but I don’t think they’ll ever be able to replace the real thing. I can easily kill an afternoon at the library or wandering through a bookstore. I know, I know… everything I can find in a bookstore or the library can be found online in an easy-to-view downloadable version. Sorry, Barnes & Noble.

I’m Nancy, and that’s my take on the Kindle. How do you feel about e-readers?

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Nancy

Chief Writer, Web Editor at Great Lakes Radio, Inc.
A member of the Great Lakes Radio family since 2013, Nancy spends most days typing furiously in her office. When not hard at work writing and editing, if this Sriracha enthusiast isn't experimenting in her kitchen, she can usually be found with her nose in a book or in front of a computer keeping up with her favorite blogs, researching topics for future articles, and playing World of Warcraft... FOR THE HORDE! (BattleTag: GingrMadness#1559)

Nancy's days of chasing little ones around are over for now, but she looks forward to chasing grandkids around in the future (the DISTANT future). Until then, she's adjusting well to the quiet and spending as much time with her daughters as they can stand.

Always in search of a good red and a great read (or a great red and a mediocre read), Nancy welcomes your suggestions on either.
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