Hello y'all! I'm celebrating my 600th post on Floor to Ceiling Books by talking about my reactions to my Kindle after a couple of months of use. (No, I didn't think I'd make 600 posts either...)
I got my Kindle for my birthday and started loading up the odd book here and there. Today I have 40 books on it, and have read 1, although I've started a couple of others using the Kindle.
I'm going to say straight out - although I can see the usefulness of the Kindle (and it is WAAAY lighter than hoofing around three or four books whenever I travel away from home), I have not fallen in love with the reading experience, and, if given the choice, start reading traditional print books over my Kindle any day.
One feature of the Kindle I adore is the case I lovingly purchased - it has an inbuilt light which runs off of the Kindle power supply. It means I can read the Kindle at any point without disturbing other people by needing lights on.
It is also great being able to carry around so many books at one time. I am a definite mood reader, and I find that I need a few novels to choose from whenever I finish my current read. The Kindle is perfect for this - like I say, I have 40 books which range through sci fi, crime, fantasy, chick lit, and YA. Every situation is covered.
I also like the fact that I can accept ebooks from self-published authors. I realised while doing the Angry Robot slush reading that there are a LOT of talented authors out there who do not have traditional representation via agents and publishers - and these are the people who need extra help when it comes to marketing. Since having the Kindle, I have accepted a number of self-published novels and aim to read and review them.
Also, I am a naughty person and read while I eat on the majority of occasions, and not having to hold pages open is just ACE.
So, there are reasons I LIKE my Kindle, but I'm struggling to fall in love the way I do with "proper" books. Here are some of my theories:
1) I like the weight of a book in my hand. I like the tactile element and the turning of actual pages.
2) I like a page count. I DETEST the % value completed shown on the Kindle - it makes it all mathematical and clinical, and I become utterly obsessed with completing the book and keep eyeing the % value and it disturbs my reading rhythm.... ARGH!
3) I can't take my Kindle in the bath - unless I'm, y'know, stupid! And I do a great deal of reading in the bath. It's my favourite place to read, because I'm warm, comfortable and relaxed and absolutely no one can disturb me. Also, I can't take Twitter in the bath, which is a horrendous distraction from reading, so I get way more done.
4) I can't look at all the books I own on the Kindle. I can see them in a list, sure, but I like to see the covers and the spines. I love my bookcases - the colours and the names and the different thicknesses of the books on display! They look simply gorgeous and allow me to see in a moment what I could read next. I've resorted to writing a paper list of all my Kindle books to remind me of what has now slipped to page 3 and 4 on the home menu.
5) I have a nasty habit of skimming words on a computer screen - the instant nature of blog posts and online articles etc mean that I no longer read with absolute attention when a screen is offered. Hence I find myself skimming Kindle books way too fast and having to go back over and over to pick up all the details.
If anyone has any suggestions for how to turn this like to love, I'd really appreciate them! I've tried reading a very familiar book already, but that didn't work. All suggestions gratefully received. And I'd love to hear about your Kindle reading experiences.