I’m a total book worm. I never played a lot of video games as a kid, so reading would transport me to other worlds. I love the feeling of turning physical pages, the smell of fresh ink, and the weight of a book in my lap. I am not a big fan of dog-earing pages, but I often taken pen and highlighter to pages, and quite a few books have sand that fall out of them when held up (reading on the beach is the best). So I’m not a neat freak when it comes to books. And I understand there’s only so much room in a suitcase when you travel, so multiple books or hefty novels get left behind (always regretfully).
But when I saw an ad for a $130 Kindle Paperwhite the other day, I almost spat out my drink. There is no way I could ever spend that much money on another device (technically it’s on sale for $99 right now). I read a statistic about a year ago that said the average American owns a minimum of 3 devices (phone, laptop, and tablet being the most typical). So why would you buy another device – when there are Kindle apps for download – just to read?
I’ll save my frustration, since most people are not purists when it comes to reading hardcopies. I’ve even gotten in the habit of specifically seeking out “coffee table books” for my apartment. Call me old-fashioned, but I refuse to become so ingrained in my technology that I completely ward off physical books for the rest of my life. To me, that would be a sad existence.