To Hold or Not to Hold….a book

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The very first time I saw a Kindle was in my niece Shannon’s hand when I visited my sister in new Jersey a couple of years ago. She’d never been a big reader, but when she was laid up after surgery, someone gave her a Kindle, and she fell madly in love. She’s read literally hundreds of books since that day.

I, on the other hand, sniffed and remarked there is nothing like holding a ‘BOOK’ in one’s hand to appreciate what the author has to offer. Think of all the writers through time who held a pen in hand, parchment in front of them, and wrote. Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald, wonderful writers who offered ‘BOOKS’ for the pleasure of readers. Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conon Doyle, John Grisham, and Erma Bombeck. They wrote BOOKS.

I have bookcases full of my BOOKS. Some treasured classics, some soppy love stories. I was very proud of my collection. It showed I loved BOOKS.

Then last year, out of the blue, I bought a Kindle. I don’t know why. The urge overtook me, and there I was, online, pushing “confirm” on Amazon to buy a Kindle. I shrugged. Simply another way to read. Nothing wonderful or amazing, just different

I am now a Kindle fanatic. I’ve bought so many books on Amazon, they’re probably preparing to issue me an award. When my first Kindle broke, they sent me another one—free. I’m surprised it wasn’t delivered to my front door by the president of Amazon.

Now, if someone mentions a book, the first words out of my mouth are: Is it an e-book? If not, I wave my hand in dismissal and click the “awake” button on the bottom of my Kindle. My one caveat—my writing and research books. They must be BOOKS. Shhh. Don’t tell Amazon.

What about you? Print or e-book? Do you have a preference? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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18 Responses to To Hold or Not to Hold….a book

  1. Nancy says:

    I love to hold a book, dog-ear the page when interrupted from my story (yes, I do that) and keep my eye on it while I do whatever it is that’s pulled me away from my read, before pouncing on it when I return. If it’s a “wise guide” book, with how-to/research/writing info, I love to underline … or copy out a passage into my writer’s notebook. HOWEVER, having said all this, I am so very tempted this year to get a Kindle. Hmmm, I think Kindle over a Nook and I can’t explain exactly why. But it’s the strongest urge ever. Over Black Friday I saw Nooks offered for $79! I’m dropping subtle hints about Christmas … we’ll see what happens!

  2. Callie says:

    Hey Nancy,
    I think e-books are the way of the future. Although, nothing beats holding the printed word in your hand. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Ellq Quinn says:

    I love my Kindle in all it’s forms. I have a kindle app for both my PC which enables me to have many of my research books in a searchable format. I have an app for my iPhone which allows me to read anywhere. But more than that, the Kindle doesn’t bother my eyes and I can increase the font so that I don’t get motion sickness in the car. I love my books and have hundreds of them, at least. But I’ll never give up my Kindle.

    • Callie says:

      Wow. Ella, that’s a good idea about putting research books on the PC so you can search on them. I’ll have to think about that one. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Karen says:

    Hey Callie, ring the changes!! I was sold on the kindle after taking it to bed one night — so much easier than holding a book!

  5. I LOVE paper books, their smell, their weight, their physicality but…I just bought myself a Nook. So far, I’m liking it a whole lot. Will it erode my love of paper books? Probably not. But I’m giving it a chance ;-)

    • Callie says:

      Hmm Lynda, it’s hard to say. My favorite thing about my kindle is when I was going off for the day and wa almost close to finishing my book, I had to take two books with me. Now, I just download it to my kindle and when I finish one book, the other is there. Lovely.

  6. derekd says:

    After years of voraciously reading paperbacks and hardbacks, I now voraciously read ebooks on Kindle. I would much rather read from the Kindle, Android phone and laptop. I almost resist reading paperbacks now because of font size.

    • Callie says:

      Another plus about the Kindle. You can make the print so large a 100 year old lady can read it. As the years progress, I can make the print larger and larger. Thanks for saying hello.

  7. Erin says:

    I LOVE my Kindle! I have the font adjusted for my over-40 eyes. Last time I looked, I had more than 450 books in it. The ‘read to me’ feature is my absolute favorite thing about it, and as far as I know, the Kindle is the only reader that will read to you! I used to have when I was reading a good book and the dryer would buzz. Now, my Kindle reads to me while I fold laundry! And when I drive, and when I grocery shop.
    I get daily e-mails from pixel of ink and books on the knob, and there aren’t many days that go by that I don’t download one of the free or bargain books on their lists.
    I take my Kindle with me everywhere I go. If I think I may have to wait for 5 minutes, what better use of my time, than to turn on my Kindle and read a chapter or two? I’ve sold quite a few of the devices that way, too. Everybody wants to know, “What IS that?” So, I tell them. I should get a commission! :)

    • Callie says:

      My niece, who I mentioned in my post sets her kindle to read to her while she drives back and forth to work. I tried it one time, but I didn’t care for the pace. I may get used to it though. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Erin says:

    Nancy, that Kindle has a $79 version that is always that price. If I had to buy another one, though, I still think I would buy the $99 Kindle Keyboard just like the one I have. I don’t want a touch screen, but I do enjoy the keyboard. Hope you love whichever one you get!

    • Callie says:

      I have the $139 one–but I bought it last year, so it may be the $79 one now, lol. I just enjoy what I have and love reading my books on it.

  9. I’ve been a print book lover from way back and never thought I’d embrace an e-reader. But then I became an author with a publisher who primarily does e-books. The last thing I wanted to do was sit at my computer–where I work all day–and read a book.

    I finally broke down and bought a Nook. I love it! I’ve read a number of books and keep buying new ones to fill it up. I even have a copy of my own latest book on there, though it won’t be released until January.

    Don’t know if I’ll ever buy a print book again, unless it’s autographed by the author or written by one of my friends.

    • Callie says:

      I understand there’s a way to autograph your books on kindle. It becomes a separate page. Some readers have a single page with all these autographs on it from different authors. Something to look into, for sure. Thanks for saying hello.

  10. Aileen says:

    Hey Callie:

    I really can’t comment because I don’t have a “kindle” but I really like going to the library and just getting a book without having to pay for it – that is the plus I see in reading a “paper book”

    • Callie says:

      Hey A:

      I love the ‘getting the book without paying for it’. That’s how I used to get all my books when I worked at the Oklahoma State Library. Sure miss that. But I LOVE my kindle. Thanks for stopping by.

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