I have to admit I haven't been a lover of e-books in the past. There is just something about the real thing I can't part with. Maybe it's the sound of the pages as I turn them with my right hand, the way I like to dog-ear my favorite passages and make notes in the margins, maybe it's just the way the paper smells. I can't explain it. But earlier this year, my husband confronted me with an issue he thought I needed to come to terms with: I am a book junkie. I have too many of them. Can one really have too many books? I buy books one day and abandon them halfway though as I head out the door for my next "bookstore browse" session. I have a problem. I admit it.
So, I gave in on the whole e-book thing. So many people already had a Kindle and cradled it daily, even took loving pictures of it, like it was their new baby. The Kindle-envy took long to catch on. Actually, I don't think I really ever caught the Kindle-envy, but I did decide to commit to spend less money on books (e-books cost less than those in print) and be a lot more disciplined when it came to the reading and buying of them. I downloaded the Kindle application for my iPad and made my first e-book purchase, Paper House, a touching collection of poetry by Jessie Carty. I was sold. I was in the mood to Kindle.
Now, I still love my paperback books, but I am a bit of a fan of instant gratification. When I am looking for a book, I want to read it right then, not leave the bookstore disappointed at not finding it on their shelves and then head home to order it online and wait for days to receive it. Thank goodness for e-books in this sense. Thank goodness I can rent e-books through my local library, although their selection is limited and poetry books are impossible to find. And now, thank goodness for ebookfling.com, where you can swap Kindle and Nook e-books for a nominal fee ($2 per book.) You can also earn credits by sharing your purchases with others. I just had to share the good news with you today! I'm off to explore more on this site.
Happy reading! Andrea