Upsides and Downsides of Kindle
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Finally broke down and got a Kindle. I had been very resistant to the idea ever since I heard of them, me being such an old-fashioned, low-tech sort of chick. But I have finally seen the hand writing on the wall. This is where we are going. I work as a librarian and I know e-readers are the future of books. I hope to be working in a library for many years to come and if so I really need to be up on the technology. (Yes, there will still be libraries even when paper books are no more)
So here are my list of likes and dislikes for Kindle or e-readers in general:
1. Miss the feel of a real book.
2. Can't share books (at least not at the moment) I'm big on sharing books.
3. Has to be plugged in at some point.
1. Take as many books with me as I want wherever I go & they all fit in my purse.
2. Classics are very cheap or even free.
3. Instantly get whatever book I want downloaded at no extra charge to wherever I happen to be.
4. Facilitates my habit of reading several books at one time.
5. Make the font size as large as I need!
6. Don't have to hold the book open, handy for when you are reading at the table. (oops, probably not supposed to read and eat!)
7. Can get a free sample of the book before I buy to see if I like it.
8 Like the cool pictures that come on the screen when it goes to sleep!
9. Saves your place for you.
10. Not one, but two built in dictionaries, one American and the other English. As you read if you come to a word you don't know, just put the cursor on it and it shows the pronunciation and definition.
So far, as you can see, there are more ups than downs on my list. I am getting used to it, I wasn't sure I would like it at first, you have to learn to navigate on it.
I also got the American Standard Bible for Kindle. You can look up by book chapter and verse but it takes some time to figure out how to do it, it takes several steps to get where you want to go and feels sort of clumsy when you are doing it. I can look up scriptures much faster in a regular paper bible, but it's nice being able to have one with me that is Old & New Testament and has as large print as I want!
The only people who will have a problem with this is us older people. The kids will never know the difference and won't miss paper books. I suppose when actual books were invented there were old people saying "they'll take my scrolls when the pry my cold dead fingers off them!" (Seen on a chariot bumper) LOL.
It probably won't be long until text books are in digital form and that will be a good thing, even high school text books are so big and heavy now that kids have a set of books they keep at home and another set is in the classroom.
So there does seem to be many more advantages than disadvantages and as the days go by I will learn to love it.
But still, there is just something about having the actual book in your hands...