I am a die hard reader. I read daily at least an hour, sometimes more if I can fit it in. In the days before the e-reader I had piles of books beside my bed, beside my chair and they filled a whole bookcase in the family room. Since I made the conversion to the e-reader my pile though invisible to RangerSir is larger than ever. I still keep one shelf of books in the case of a power failure. It is full of those lifetime keepers, but also a few books that are pulp fiction, because if was an apocalyptic event we would need some levity. My paper collection of books is more discriminating than the collection on my e-reader because I am limited to one shelf since I seldom read hard copy any more. This week for the first time in a long time I am utilizing my safety net of real books.
I am rediscovering the paper book right now because I am without an e-reader for the first time in many years. My current reader after years of daily use for at least an hour was starting to need to be charged more than once a week. It wasn’t at the end of its lifespan, but for the first time I was becoming aware that there will be an end in the future. As a result I was toying with upgrading, but nothing had gotten me off the dime to do so. E-readers are not like computers or phones, they are simple one use devices. There are few changes and most of they don’t make a big difference so we tend not to upgrade as often as manufactures would like us to do so. This week Amazon gave me the push I need they were offering to buy my device and give me an additional $20 e-reader credit. For me that was $55, more than half of the price of a new one. The sucky part was that they did not give you all this wonderful credit until they first had the old one in there hands. This was major stupid. I sent my old one back last week and now I wait for it to arrive at Amazon, credit to appear on my account and then I can get my new one. I suspect I will be without an e-reader for a little over a week. I realized the inconvenience already when I was in a waiting room and realized my reader wasn’t in my purse and I had not brought my book along because it would not fit in my purse. Last night I put a paperback in the Goodwill box because the font was just too small. The book had potential but event with cheaters reading was a struggle. I did not realize until I was holding a book again that the Kindle really was much easier to manage than an 800 plus page book.
I am hoping today my UPS tracking tag tells me that Amazon has received my old e-reader and I soon get a new one. I knew how much I liked my e-reader, but never as much as now.