In a few weeks my Evil Thing Kindle will be a year old. Much to the amusement of family and friends it’s not tucked in a tucked in a corner somewhere ignored but I am actually am using it.
Before the Evil Thing Kindle was given to me (I still defend myself by pointing out I didn’t buy it) I was adamant I would never have one. They aren’t real books. I’d much rather lug 5kg of paper than carry something like an eReader.
Yet at the time this gets published I’ll be in London with you guessed it; my Kindle. 2014 is the year of holidays and yep I’ll be taking my Kindle. I have a giant stack of review books to get through, correct – on my Kindle.
So after nearly 12 months I guess I owe my Kindle an apology. It’s not completely evil. There are some good things about it:
- Signing up to Netgalley & Edelweiss
- I will admit (grudgingly) that traveling is lighter now
- Reading in bed is easier
- I have a KindleFire so it works like a mini tablet, which is handy for a few things. It also means I don’t have to lug my old laptop around.
- Editing manuscripts is easier (I do this for some author friends)
- You can read a few chapters as sample, although more of the time I still end up then buying those as hardcopies.
- Some books are only available as Ebooks (this sucks btw)
- No one knows what you’re reading, which is nice when I’m having a trashy-pile binge.
There I’ve admitted it. I can see the smugness in my friends faces already. *sighs* I don’t hate eReaders completely but
they aren’t real books!
And as such will always be second best.
What about you?
Are you still resisting or have you been (un)willingly converted to the eBook phenomenon?