I never imagine I would be writing about my experiences with an eBook reader. Quite frankly until I owned one I could imagine nothing nicer that a book, the paper kind with the pages you turn. But that was before I started looking over my life list again and realized that there were still hundreds of classics books that I still wanted to read.
I pondered why there were so many books still unread on my list, since I love to read, and my nightstand is always piled high with books to read. I read almost daily, from a wide variety of genras. I have a habit, which drives my husband absolutely nuts, of reading multiple books at the same time. I often read non-fiction at the same time I read a mindless pulp fiction romance. I will read a well-written piece of complex fiction at the same time I read a non-fiction biography that is only written so-so. My choice of books is based my mood. If I am stressed and having troubles unwinding I like a “fast” read. If I am having a sleepless night a well written book will often by my companion as I sit alone in the wee hours of the morning. I average over three books a month.
If all this is true why so many books left unread? I think that it evolves around the need to have the book laying around to read it when I am ready. Not many of the books I still want to read make it to Goodwill or the library book sale. We have a library, but it seems that I don’t have the right book home at the right time, or my books are ghastly overdue. The idea of paying money for a new copy of a classic is just not in my nature, and seems even more foolish when many of the classics are copyright free.
My husband suggested an eBook reader. So I did research and discovered thousands of books are out there free for the eBook readers. Some libraries actually have eBooks that you can check out. In the end I purchased a Kindle. A month later I have finished five free books, four of them classics. I have discovered I really like the option that allows me to change the font size, making it a little larger I like that it weighs so little. I love the fact that I have a collection of books at my fingertips. I like I can slip it in my pocketbook and always have a book with me when I get stuck waiting.
My Kindle will never replace the paper book. There will never be anything like reading a trashing paperback in a bubble bathtub, with a glass of wine, with votives burning filling the room my my favorite scents. I am confident that my Kindle will help me work to cross more of the classics off my list than I would have without it. Like so many things in life there is no one answer, no one way. It takes salt and pepper, to create a fully season recipe. I am going to use both paper and electronics to allow me to more fully enjoy reading.