I love my Kindle.
My dislike for ereaders never even made it into a blog post. I just didn't care enough about the technology to bother ranting about the death of paper books. It was a tragedy. It was repulsive.
Now, I love my Kindle Touch.
Got it cheap. Through a family member of a friend selling a "used" one, though it hadn't even been registered with Amazon yet. I hadn't even taken the idea of getting one seriously until I was debating book purchase at Glen Workshop (Image Journal). Christy came up behind me, "You know you shouldn't buy any books. You need to be buying ebooks now." Right. I'm moving to Bulgaria for a year. But I can still pack books right?
Wrong. When it came down to the weight limitations of dragging a years worth of clothes and other paraphernalia across the ocean, books weren't priority.
(Wow, it hurt me to write that sentence, "Books weren't priority.")
After the learning curve of working the kindle machine, I have to say it serves its purpose very well. Easy to read. Nice to hold. Long battery life. A whole library with a touch. I'm flying through "Anna Karenina" right now and I can pack my kindle in a very full back pack. Something not possible with a normal 600+ page Russian novel. And there is really nothing like a Russian novel on long trips.
Perhaps this says more about what I've learned about packing. What I've come to see about how painful it is when you pack too much. How easy it is even when you don't quite pack enough. It's a huge relief to see me put a weeks worth of things in a daypack and GO. No more of this massive suitcase lugging nightmare.
It also says something about being able to access books in English. I can read the same novel as RF and talk about it when we skype. I can get some classics for free (like G. K. Chesterton mysteries and Tolstoy and Jane Austen). My obnoxious issue with just picking something is quieted by the choices presented, rather than actually dragging all 6 of the books I want to be reading at once with me.
(smacks face with hand)
Oh my. I just wrote a whole post on convenience. Don't tell Wendell Berry. Please.