I have a confession. I have gone over to The Dark Side. I am now the co-owner of a Kindle. I’m not sure which one. A Kindle Touch, maybe? My grandparents bought it for us yesterday. My husband and I were the only ones who didn’t have one.
I said yes when they asked if we would like one largely because I thought my husband would love it. We bought my dad one about two years ago, and I’m pretty sure it would have to be surgically removed from his hand for him to be without it. My dad and my husband are very similar in their love of gadgets. (I guess it’s true what they say about girls marrying men like their fathers.) So I was pretty sure he’d love it.
Nick definitely loves the Kindle. He was playing with it last night and messing with all of the different features. He also bought all of Arthur Conan Doyle’s work for 99 cents. That’s it; 99 cents. That was impressive.
I was a little more resistant to the Kindle. I’ve never tried to mess with my dad’s. I don’t think I ever touched it other than to gift wrap it. I never put one on my wish list. I’m not very technologically savvy. I have an old flip phone and I don’t text. I’m addicted to Facebook, blogging, and email, but that’s about it. I thought the Kindle would annoy me.
I also have a thing for books. I like they how they feel and smell. I enjoy the rustle of the pages turning. I like the weight of the books in my hand. I enjoy the knowledge that in order to read a book I just need my vision and a source of light. I like to find a book that is well worn and has obviously been read by a lot of people. I also love bookstores, especially independent bookstores. I didn’t think I would enjoy a Kindle, since the experience just wouldn’t be the same.
Like I said, though, my husband was really, really excited about the Kindle. He was like a little kid with a new toy. He didn’t even want to put it down to eat dinner. Then he wanted to show me some of the features. You’d have to be a wretched shrew (which most days I don’t think I am) to ignore his enthusiasm. He showed me how easy some of the features are to use. Then he pulled up a shopping list. That’s what pulled me in.
We found ALL of Louisa May Alcott’s work for one dollar, which my husband immediately bought. She is one of my favorite authors of all time. She’s probably the reason (or at least Jo March is) why I ever wanted to write in the first place. I love her. And we found things I had never been able to find and things I had never heard of with the Kindle.
I haven’t started to read any of it yet. I have to finish up some library books first. But I’m sure I will be reading the Alcott books soon. I’m not sure if the experience will be the same, but I know I’m very excited to have found the books. So, I think I have officially joined what I considered “The Dark Side”.