I was given my Kindle as a gift–mostly because I expressed the firm opinion that a book, solid and filled with paper inky goodness, is more awesome than an electronic gizmo.
Have I changed my mind? Not particularly.
But what do I adore about my Kindle?
- I can instantly have whatever book I desire–instant as in a fraction of a second. I just watch the little icon in the top of the screen go whirly-whirly and *poof*! I have my book.
- I can get gargantuan piles of FREE books! Amazon has tons of freebies and so does Project Gutenberg. Free is awesome.
- I can get magazines delivered to my Kindle.
- I can get LIBRARY BOOKS–really! From my local library! Without having to actually drive over to pick it up!
- I no longer require a pile of books on my nightstand so precariously balanced that it could, at any moment, topple over and crush my skull.
- I can take notes with my Kindle. While this would be particularly stellar if I were a student again and had an electronic textbook, I still find it useful.
- It makes me feel a bit geekier than I really am. I can pretend to be all tech-knowledgeable instead of tech-idiot (non-savant).
Do I wish it was more book-esque by offering extras like the sound of turning pages and eau de bibliothèque? Of course. But I am sure the designers are working on that…