For most of my life, I have described myself as a bookworm. Then, in 2008, I found myself in the position of having to downsize my living space. At about the same time, I learned about the Amazon Kindle. I happened to have a few extra bucks in the bank, so I ordered one.
It honestly improved my life.
I realized I am not a BOOKworm, I am a WORDworm. I do not miss the feel and smell of paper books at all. I have been able to donate 11 of those 30-gallon black plastic trash bags full of books just from the shelves in the dining room. I stopped counting at that point.
There are some paper books I have kept. Those were gifts, autographed copies or books like Pete Souza’s book about Obama, which is almost entirely photographs.
Why do I prefer to do my reading (usually several hours a day) on my Kindle? A few reasons:
I can enlarge the font if it’s late and my eyes are tired. With a Kindle, any book can be a large print edition.
Many of the books I have were free. Books like the complete Shakespeare, complete Jane Austen, complete Sherlock Holmes and so many more, all free. (Where were they when I was in college majoring in English?!)
I can carry all of the above books, and a whole lot more, around in my purse.
If I’m reading in bed, and finish a book, I can turn on my hot spot, download the next book in the series, and be reading again in about a minute, even if it’s 2:am.
My sister, who shares my Amazon account, can be reading the same book simultaneously, even in different locations.
The news is filled with stories of fires, hurricanes, floods and all manner of other natural disasters. These things destroy paper books, and the cost of replacing them would be horrible, especially since so many other things would need replacement first. All I would need to do is order a new Kindle (if mine had been destroyed), and all my books would be there ready for me to download.
So those are a few of my reasons for preferring my Kindle to paper books. How about the rest of you? Which do you like? Why?