I was ready to buy a Kindle almost two years ago. I liked the idea of such a light weight device to carry around my reading material. I travel quite a bit and read even more, so an e-reader seemed like the perfect solution.
Then Barnes & Noble announced the Nook. Wait and see, I thought. So I waited and couldn’t make up my mind. Eventually I decided I didn’t want an e-reader at all. I love the feel of traditional books. I love reading books and then passing them on to friends and relatives. “Here! I’ve got a copy you can have. You’ll love it!” The thought of spending money on an e-book, reading it, and having it just sit there on my device forever doing nothing just didn’t seem right. After all, my mother was a thrifty New Englander. We spend our money carefully.
But as a writer, I am aware of the growing popularity of e-books. And if I am writing for a medium, I want to be familiar with it. Somewhere along the line a radical thought occurred to me — it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. I can read some books on a e-reader and some on traditional paper. Additionally, I can borrow e-books from the library for free.
All my reservations and arguments crumbled into dust, and I took myself off to my local big box store and bought a Kindle Touch. It seemed to have the features I want and is in the right price range for trying something new.
My daughter bought a Nook Tablet today and my husband bought an i-Pad last month, so we intend to have “device wars” this week-end.
Change is inevitable. Fighting it is futile. I am embracing change!