Promptly after getting her kindle, Judy started bugging me to buy a kindle. Mostly because it would save money. My parents do generously fund my book-buying addictions, and it's true that it'd be way cheaper to buy books on a kindle. But I like real books, damnit. So for the last 3 years, I've been insisting that I don't want a kindle, which is not entirely accurate.
The truth is, though I love real books and would never give them up, there are some parts of having a kindle that appeal to me. But there are two inherent pitfalls to me having a kindle. 1) I will buy real books anyway 2) Without the physical presence of books reminding me that I bought them, I will download thousands of books more than I could possibly consider reading to my kindle.
So since Judy's been using her kindle for the last 3 1/2 years, it's gotten a little beat up, to say the least. So for Christmas, I got her a fancy new one. She loves it a whole lot. And she gave me her old one.
So now I own a kindle. Under somewhat favorable circumstances, because given that my parents didn't buy it for me, I can continue to buy real books guilt-free. However, I've already downloaded 11 books to it, so I'm going to have to get some control there.
The larger, possibly more confusing problem is that I really like having a kindle. I like that it's smaller and lighter than a book, and I like that I can organize all my books in one place. I also like adjusting the font, because with a big font, I can read while I run on the treadmill and not loose my place! I like that it will show me all the passages I underlined and notes I took in one place in sequential order. It's not a satanic evil.
But I also hate reading on a kindle. I miss having pages to flip through, and writing in the margins. I miss book covers! And I miss big pages. The kindle screen is small and it feels like I'm turning the page ever other paragraph. I feel removed from the books, in this funny way. The kindle is sort of impersonal.
So that's my conundrum. I don't know what I'll do. I'll probably just keep buying and reading real books and buying and reading kindle books. Maybe eventually I'll figure it out.
Submitted my essay to 4 lit mags so far. Almost halfway there. Yay for simultaneous submissions.