It seemed to me that if I have an eBook on Amazon Kindle Books, I should check out the Kindle. So I borrowed one from a friend and downloaded my current book club selection, Barbara Kingsolver’s new book, The Lacuna.
Since Kingsolver is an a acclaimed writer and doesn’t have to observe any of the usual guidelines, like starting out with a bang, the first chapters of the book are introspective background material. On the Kindle, I just yawned and turned it off. Besides, I found the process of reading on the Kindle disturbing as there were no pages to turn. I kept waving my right hand at the the margin of the machine, which was non-productive. I couldn’t quite get the hang of pressing the Next Page button.
Luckily, I had a hardcopy of the book, so I started reading it and within fifty pages, I was entranced. Once drawn in to the story, I tried the Kindle again, and this time it took. I was so caught up in the book itself that I didn’t care what I was reading it on. The print is so easy to see and follow and the page turning thing gets automatic very quickly, of course.
The reading process is not nearly as satisfying on my PC. I downloaded the book to my PC and found it hard to read. Something about the screen glaring, the size, the numbers of lines per page, random it seems, with different computers, and also I associate the computer with work and research. The Kindle is a very different experience. I suppose I could get used to reading fiction on the computer, but it has other disadvantages, like I can’t carry it around as easily.
Something else to get used to: The Kindle doesn’t give page numbers, but it gives another type of good locator and also tells you what percent of the book you have read.
After that first pleasant experience with the Kindle, I found I actually preferred it to the physical book, a cumbersome hardcover edition. I took the Kindle with me, rather than the book, when I was going somewhere, and at home I curled up in my favorite reading chair with it and found it easier to handle than a book. I now, dare I say it, prefer reading on the Kindle and look forward to buying my own next week.
Yes, I have to give up the whole concept of having all those books who are my friends wink at me when I pass them on the bookshelf, but oh well…. I suppose if I truly adore a book, I can buy it anyway. But the reality is that I seldom re-read a book. I just love having them around me.
As for loving the feel of the book, the paper, etc., I think I can live without that. I can carry this little machine in my purse and have the comfort of knowing it can hold 1500 of my favorite novels, that I can pick and choose from anytime, and anywhere.
My book is 2012: Deadly Awakening. It’s on Amazon Kindle books (an eBook). Follow this link.