|Hilarious and true, from stickycomics.com|
Yes friends, it's time to blog about ebooks or, as I think of it now, tilting at windmills. This past weekend I visited a good friend of mine for her birthday. She's a huge book reader like I am, though she tends to like historical fiction and romance, and she was asking how I liked the Kindle Paperwhite I had received for Christmas.
I started talking about my Kindle usage, explaining what I used it for ("on the train" and "only for cheap, trashy books"). I kept emphasizing how I still love paper books and I still read them and buy them, but I also found reasons to use the Kindle. I mentioned that my friend might like one and she said she was considering it. That's when it hit me like a bolt of Asgardian lightening. I was PRAISING the little device. I had suggested someone else BUY one.
I wonder if this is how people feel when they realize they've been bit by a zombie and their future just took a turn for the grim.
After spending years of my life raging against the demonic little e-readers, I found myself saying it wasn't that bad and suggesting a friend buy one. I am a traitor. A turncoat. A Benedict Arnold. How did this happen?
When I received the Kindle for Christmas, part of me figured it would sit on a shelf and gather dust. For a time, it did. It didn't feel like a real book, I couldn't get comfortable reading with it and I wasn't about to pay $7 for a digital copy of a book that wasn't even technically mine if you looked at all the fine print. Even today, using it on the train to work, I found myself infuriated by a glare on the glass. I spent an evening ranting on Twitter because it was updating it's software. It is still not a perfect experience, but it isn't all bad either. It's good for $1.99 books I wouldn't be caught dead reading normally (as an aside, romance, urban fantasy and sci-fi publishers, why are your covers so uniformly awful?), or for using with a pair of gloves on a frigid East Coast morning stuck on an outdoor train platform.
While I will never, ever, EVER stop buying and reading paper books, I think the Kindle and I have an uneasy truce now. I still don't 100% trust it, and it knows that it could be bound for a life as a dusty paperweight if I so chose. Right now, though? It isn't half bad.
Happy 2nd Birthday, Stellar Four! You can now all tell me "I told you so".