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!

  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.

  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.

  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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