Revisiting My Kindle Purchase

I bought my Kindle because I was going to live in Norway for a year. I knew I'd be reading a lot as I traveled all year via plane, train, bus, ferry, and subway. I didn't see the point of lugging heavy books all over the world, so I thought a Kindle would be a good purchase. It went everywhere with me. I always had something to read, and it was relatively light to travel with.

In the last year that I've been back in California, I haven't really used my Kindle. I haven't traveled nearly as much, and when I have, I've toted more academic books with me so that I could work. I've also bought a couple of hardback books (which I now regret).

BUT . . . over the last few weeks, I've been sorting through all my things, and I've realized that I have way too much stuff . . . including books that I read once and never look at again. I'm starting a pile of things to get rid of, to make room in my house to organize and to get rid of clutter. As I've sorted through my books, I've realized that I needed to break out my Kindle again.  I love crime fiction, but, except for Tana French's In the Woods, which I taught fall semester, I don't see ever repeat reading specific novels. Even Michael Ondaatje's Divasdero, a book that I adored, is not a book I need possess in tangible form. My pleasure at reading that book is about the content, the story, not the feel of the book.

I've started using my Kindle again. I don't think reading devices are the death of books (unless by "books" you mean the physical artifact, not the content--and even that is debatable). In fact, my Kindle allows me to read and own more "books." I can revisit them should I ever care to, and there are certainly still some types of books that I prefer to own in hardback (poetry, anything by Alice Munro, books that I might teach some day).

So . . . save a tree, make more room in your home, be an avid reader. Buy a Kindle.

5 thoughts on “Revisiting My Kindle Purchase

  1. Alison Bodily

    I think it would be a great idea for textbooks to be made available on Kindle, iPad, etc. The initial cost would be a tough sell, but think of the money that could be saved if the students had to pay only the cost of downloads. This, of course, would be a hard sell to the almighty textbook companies, but imagine the trees that could be saved this way. Most textbooks are updated so often that it's not even feasible to re-sale the books or turn them in for the buy back option available in most university bookstores. Just my thoughts. You do an impressive job with this blog, Kathee!

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  2. Myrl JOhnson

    Some textbooks are available on Kindle. My daughter uses hers in this manner.

    Ipad seems to be the new, exciting choice - if it were not $600. It is a great fun machine - movies, Internet, books, networking, etc. My son has this.

    Love the blog. Interesting.

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  3. Stacy

    Finally, an excuse to make a purchase! 😉 I suppose I should, too get rid of some books! But I love a house full of books. Truthfully, I don't even trust people who don't have bookshelves.

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  4. dkzody

    After purging close to 500 books from my home over the past three years, I have thought long and hard about an e-reader. I am seriously considering an iPad somewhere along the line, especially now that I am reading the newspaper online. However, having just ordered a new MacBook Pro, I will wait a little longer to see what kind of job I get and what I need for it.

    As for textbooks mentioned here: we have got to stop producing hard copy textbooks. They are a waste of resources, space, and money. By the time the book arrives, it is out of date. I quit ordering textbooks in 1998 because, even then, I could see how quickly they became useless.

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