Monday night Nordic Boy came home with a present for me.
For a long time, I wasn’t the slightest bit interested in trying an e-reader, mostly because in the beginning of e-reader-ness the only option was to buy books, never borrow. Don’t get me wrong, I am not anti-book-buying, but being a librarian and all, I also am a huge fan of the borrowing. I am not precious about owning books as objects for myself for the most part, and plus I am a full on cheapskate, so put that all together with the fact that I work for a huge library system where I can read to my heart’s content without committing the dolla dolla bills, ya’ll, and you have a pertty solid no thanks, Mr. Bezos.
When e-readers started coming out that offered the option of buying or borrowing, it made me more interested, but still. I didn’t know if it was for me.
Um, you guys? IT IS SO FOR ME.
I like many things about it, but what I like the most is that I can carry eleventy grillion books around with me in my purse without herniating my groin. I read multiple books at a time, and deciding which one gets the honor of going in my purse with me is a thing of the past. I also enjoy the fact that the screen is not a light-up screen like a computer. It treats my eyes just like print, so I don’t get that fatigued computer face after a long bout of reading. And also, I can read a big heavy tome (I do TOO read tomes) in my bed and not get arm cramps from holding the dang book up.
I am realizing most of my reasons for loving this involve sheer physical laziness on my part.
I have heard people say that some people love books. The physical object. They love the binding, the papery smell, the eventual wearing down of pages. And that other people just love reading. On the computer, in a book, on a stone tablet, it doesn’t matter. And then there are people along the spectrum in between. I never knew where I fell in this continuum exactly, and I still don’t. What I do know is that I am not feeling monogamy for the codex.
I have a saucy lover on the side, and its name is Nook. And I am totally hot to trot for it right now.