Kindley Sort of Feelings

I can’t believe I’ve done this…

Last night I brought myself a kindle…

For the longest time I was so against the Kindle it was unreal. Both my mum and my sister got one a couple of Christmases ago and were raving about how awesome they were, and how I should get one because of all the free book goodness and it holds huge amount of books and is lighter than lugging a library around with you. But I was quite happy with my paper books, thank you very much. Instead I scoured charity shops for used books and raided Amazon marketplace of their cheap books.

But then I got some news. News that I will have to keep very hush hush until I’m allowed to say something but it is exciting. VERY EXCITING. That and I realised that my bookcases (yes, plural) were fit to burst and I just didn’t have any more room for normal books. Oh, and I found Samuel Pepys’ diary as a free Kindle e-book as well as a plethora of historic non fiction goodness, all for free or if not free then relatively cheap.

So last night, I sat there and went against everything I had ever believed in and brought myself a kindle. I didn’t go for the super duper all singing, all dancing 3g touch screen one because I don’t need it. And I don’t need a keyboard either, so I just got the bog standard kindle that can fit 1.500 books on it. And it was relatively cheap too, considering as how many books you can fit on it. And the best thing is I don’t have to worry about breaking the bank on books because looking through the amazon site, they are so cheap. I have spent an absolute fortune on books in the past year, so this will be a great opportunity for me to save some much needed mulah and keep my library growing. Oh don’t get me wrong, I will ALWAYS prefer paper books and keep on growing the library that I will eventually have on display in my very own office when I’m lecturing in some university but for now, this will do nicely.

And I won’t have to lug a billion heavy books with me when I go to Rome.

Which has to be a good thing.

I do however have to apologise to my future Kindle for all the history feels it will have sobbed all over it, particularly when it comes to my wonderful English Civil War and Restoration. Oh, and when I download Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel, which will be one of the first things I buy for it. And novels. I don’t read enough novels.

I’m a little nervous about how I’ll feel about it when it arrives. Right now I kind of hate the fact that I’ve gone against myself and got myself one when I was so vehement about them before. Who knows, maybe I’ll fall head over heels in love with it in time.

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3 Responses to Kindley Sort of Feelings

  1. Sarah says:

    I was dubious too but I love mine now. I use it for novels and save my paper book funds for non fiction.

  2. I love my Kindle! I do prefer physical books for research, but for reading novels and nonfiction just for fun, it's great.

  3. Kaite says:

    Honestly, I wasn't sure about it either. But I was given my Kindle for X-mas and started finding lots of great stuff to put on it. My Kindle also allowed me to keep entertained during an 18 hour Greyhound Bus ride, without losing battery power, last year. I will always love my actual books. But now I don't have to drag them around if I leave the house.

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