Wednesday, January 27, 2010

bibliotheque? bibliotecha??

"The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it." -- James Bryce

I. LOVE. TO. READ. I would rather read than eat. I would rather read than sleep. I would rather read than shop (unless it was to shop for more books). I love everything about books. I love spending hours and hours in the book store. I love scouring Ebay for great deals on a hard-to-find book. I love the anticipation of reading a new book. I love the jacket art. I love reading about the author and seeing if their photo matches up to my pre-conceived notion of what they should look like. I love finding an author I like and then reading all of their books. I love anxiously waiting for a book in my favorite series to come out. I love snuggling on the couch with my favorite blankie on my feet reading a good book.

"Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house." -- Henry Ward Beecher
I know Amazon's Kindle and the Sony Reader are the hot new things. As an avid book lover, I just can't seem to warm up to them. Here's some info I swiped from Amazon's website regarding the Kindle:

Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines

Lightweight: At 10.2 ounces, lighter than a typical paperback

Books in Under 60 Seconds: Get books delivered wirelessly in less than 60 seconds; no PC required

3G Wireless: 3G wireless lets you download books right from your Kindle; no annual contracts, no monthly fees, and no hunting for Wi-Fi hotspots

Global Coverage: Enjoy 3G wireless coverage at home or abroad in over 100 countries. See details. Check wireless coverage map.

Paper-Like Display: Reads like real paper without glare, even in bright sunlight

Carry Your Library: Holds up to 1,500 books

Longer Battery Life: Now read for up to 1 week on a single charge with wireless on, a significant improvement from the previous battery life of 4 days

Built-In PDF Reader: Your Kindle can now display PDF documents natively. Native PDF support allows you to carry and read all of your personal and professional documents on the go.

Read-to-Me: With the experimental Text-to-Speech feature, Kindle can read newspapers, magazines, blogs, and books out loud to you, unless the book's rights holder made the feature unavailable

Free Book Samples: Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy

Large Selection: Over 400,000 books, including 101 of 112 New York Times® Best Sellers, plus U.S. and international newspapers, magazines, and blogs. For non-U.S. customers, content availability and pricing will vary. Check your country.

Low Book Prices: New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases are $9.99, unless marked otherwise. When traveling abroad, you can download books wirelessly from the Kindle Store or your Archived Items. U.S. customers will be charged a fee of $1.99 for international downloads.

If I travelled extensively for work, I think I might like a Kindle. Sometimes travelling with a book can be cumbersome and they take up a lot of room in your carry-on. I also have a bad habit of finishing the book while I'm travelling and then need another book. So, I buy something at the airport or the gift shop and now I have TWO books in my luggage. I'm also wondering if people who don't ordinarily read actual books are reading more thanks to the Kindle. As much I love reading, unfortunately, my children and husband do not share my enthusiasm. I'm wondering, if in this iPOD / Nintendo DS / iPhone crazed society, could I get my family to read more if it were on an electronic device rather than a good old-fashioned book?


*Yankee Belle* said...

I love the touch/feel of a book. No kindle for me.

Screen Door Prep said...

Me neither. I feel bad enough that I've all but abandoned magazines, in favor of blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I can't abandon my beloved books, too!!!

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