I've been very slow to climb on board the e-reader wave. Partly this is because until last year you couldn't even get a Kindle in New Zealand. But mostly it's because I love books. Real books. I love the weight of them in my hands, the way they smell, the physical sensation of the paper against my fingertips. You don't get that with an e-reader.
I love bookstores and libraries and can spend hours wandering around, pulling books out here and there to see if they might be things I'd like to read. And I mainly read in the bath which is not a great place to be with an e-reader, especially if you're like me and often fall asleep in there.
But times change. I got an i-Phone earlier this year, and the first app I bought was Kindle. And it's changed my life.
I used to panic about getting stuck somewhere without a book to read, so I always had to carry a bag big enough to fit one inside. My work bag is heavy anyway, with a laptop and everything else in there already, and if I happened to be reading a 500 page book at the time, it made my shoulders ache.
I no longer have that problem.
I still go to the library every two weeks or so. I still have a real book to read at home and in the bath. But I also always have a book loaded onto the Kindle in my phone. It means I have something to read on the bus on my way home. I have something to read at the pool while my kids have swimming lessons. I have something to read if I'm waiting in a queue at the post office. In fact, I never get stuck without something to read. If I finish the book I'm reading, I just buy another one.
Yeah, my credit card kind of hates me now....
Are you an e-reader fan or still clinging desperately to paper books only?