Why I’m Going Digital
March 14, 2011 §
Amazon Kindle eBook Reader
I never thought I’d buy an e-reader but I bought one over the weekend. There are two reasons why I bought one. The first reason is that I commute to work using public transportation. It’s hard to carry heavy, thick books in addition to the other items that I carry with me on a daily basis. The second reason is because I dislike clutter. I’m a minimalist and I just have the basic items in my place. As much as I love books, I don’t want them all over my apartment.
The thought of buying an e-reader was something I wasn’t sure I wanted to do. I love the smell, touch, and sight of books and the was the pages feel on my fingers. I thought about just borrowing books from the library but that still didn’t settle the problem of having to carry a heavy book around and I didn’t want to be limited to my choices (meaning I didn’t want to only borrow smaller books). I was concerned that by buying an e-reader, I would be betraying my natural love of books. Instead of the sensual experience I get from holding an actualy book, I would be holding a cold, electronic device. I wondered if I would be able to connect with what I was reading.
Fortunately, that hasn’t been the case. I love my e-reader and I’ve found myself getting lost in what I’m reading just like I normally would. I feel this is one of the best devices I’ve bought in a long time.