I’ve Kindled an Interest…

We were all thrown by the snowfall last night, despite the fact that it was only a couple of centimeters, if that.  Still, this morning felt heavier as the world awoke, covered in its thin Snuggie of precipitation.

So it’s not a surprise that I was late this morning.

Instead of fretting the entire way to work, I did something extraordinary. I read a book. Not just any book: an eBook.

Yes, that’s right. I’ve test-driven a Kindle and I have a confession to make: I’ve fallen in love.

Like Bella when she realized she was utterly, hopelessly, desperately in love with a certain glittery vampire, I have succumbed to my desire for this little device. It’s not much to look at: rather flat and white, it looks like an oversized first generation iPod with a keyboard. But it does so much! Well, that’s not true—but it does allow me to do something I don’t often get to do, read on the bus.

I often get nauseous when I try reading. Something about the jostling of the pages and my eyes trying to follow the words on the page does something to my stomach. But this morning was glorious. I even sat in my least favourite spot on the bus: the side-facing seats near the front.

I was a quarter of my way through the book by the time I had to get off. I don’t know how much I read traditionally, but that seemed like a lot to me. It flew by, which makes me wonder if I read faster on a screen than a page. It would make sense—I’ve been using a computer since I was eight years-old.

So I now have a new want, one that has come along rather inconveniently.  I don’t want to want it, but I want it, damn it!

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3 thoughts on “I’ve Kindled an Interest…

  1. Laza February 9, 2010 at 5:17 pm Reply

    I LOVE my kindle! People who’ve never used a kindle complain about them, but once you try it—it’s hard to dislike it. And it doesn’t have to replace paper books! It’s an extra bonus!!

    • Olga February 16, 2010 at 2:31 pm Reply

      It’s true–I think those who complain about the Kindle and other e-readers being the Destruction of the Print Book see it as a black & white matter; but I know (and you know) we’ll never stop reading paper books. They’re just as good as eBooks. eBooks are just more convenient. 🙂

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