Me: I decided I want to get a kindle
K: You don’t want to do that.
Me: Yes, I do. I think it’s time. I’m going to order it now.
K: No. Seriously. Don’t.
Me: What? No? I want one. Why would you say no? That is so-
K: Sigh. I got you one. As a gift. It’s getting here tomorrow.
I still can’t believe it. Me. Aisha. Got a Kindle.
That’s great, you might be thinking. You’re a regular revolutionary pioneer to get one of those newfangled devices! I hear they might someday be the new thing.
Yes- they’ve been around for a while. They’ve been around so long now they’re beating print sales, collapsing publishing houses and book stores, and for the longest time I wanted no part of it. I wanted my hands free of the carnage. And then I got one.
Years back my brother Ali considered getting me one but when he broached the topic I stared at him in horror like he suggested koala bears were the uncutest breed of bear ever and the subject was quickly dropped. When Kashif casually brought it up [unbeknown to me to test out the gift giving possibility a few months ago] I again raised a suspicious eyebrow and said absolutely not- except this time my refusal was tempered with, well, maybe? Friends had them, swore by them. And I admit I got curious. Plus, to understand the beast, you must operate the beast, no?
I’ve had the Kindle for a few days now and I have to admit: I love it. I love the ease of portability and the ink-like readability. I love being able to highlight and write notes in it [which I do not do much on actual books- I hate messing up good books with scrawl]. I also realized upon getting the kindle, that my kindle purchases are not ruining the publishing industry. In a given year I buy five books. This weekend, I purchased ten. So many that my credit card company froze my account and their fraud prevention unit called me about suspicious abnormal activity. I bought so many books my credit card company worried. My purchases did not replace print sales, they simply were extra sales to the sale pot of book companies that would never have otherwise happened. My desire for instant gratification and lack of impulse control when it comes to all things books is what Kindle is designed to coax out.
There is no way I will purchase e-books exclusively going forward. I love lending books to friends and family. I love browsing book stores and borrowing books from family and friends [and the library, my bestest friend ever] and there is something special about turning actual pages and building ones personal library collection.
But I no longer feel guilty for embracing the new wave of the future of reading- it is not an either or- its both- and its pretty awesome.
Do you have an e-reader? Considering getting one? Curious for your thoughts on this topic!