The down side of Kindle? Well, there are probably a few, but one is that you can no longer flash the cover of the intellectual book you’re reading so others at the cafe around you will be impressed.
Problem solved: get the new shouting Kindle! It repeatedly shouts the title of the book you’re reading.
I, for one, haven’t given in to buying an electronic reader. It’s not that I’m against the idea of them. I just can’t picture myself taking pleasure from curling up around an electronic device. But then, I wasn’t the first in my crowd to get a cell phone, and I also dragged my feet about getting a smart phone (and let me tell you, I love my smart phone now).
But there is something about a real book—the feel, the smell, the thickness—that I find as comforting as hot chocolate.
How about you? Do you prefer a Kindle over paper pages? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
You can also check out the thoughts of some of my colleagues on the subject: “Real” Books and Why We Love Them, by Suzanne Mantell, and Kindle: Friend or Foe, three articles by three other colleagues, Deborah A. Lott, Kristin Loberg, and Laura Golden Bellotti.