28 March, 2012

Kindled!

I love books and reading. But I’m no bookworm. I wish I could be one; I really wish I could spend all day lost in a book. For now, I’m just thankful to myself for being able to steal a few minutes off everyday to read a few pages at bedtime.  That said, let me tell you that I was one of those people who would never let the thought of switching to an e-reader ever cross their minds. I remember the first time I heard of e-readers and seeing pictures of the device and I remember saying that there’s nothing quite like holding a physical (paper)book and turning its pages. Apart from that, the musty smell of old yellowing books is something I love and always will.

Over the years, things have changed. I’ve had a kindle for over a year-and-a-half and I love it. I still read paperbacks and hardcovers. They are a class apart but e-books are more convenient these days. It is easier to carry an e-reader than a 600 page book to fill in those spaces of my life as I wait outside the dentist’s office or sit through 20-odd hours of air travel. The last time I made my trip home, I remember having to take out my copy of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom from my ‘hand bag’ because it had gotten too bulky; I couldn’t remove the diaper pouch and sippers instead. So in went my 8-ounce Amazon Kindle and while waiting to board the flight, I downloaded a Sparks’ novel for the flight.

Now if only Franzen would come this way and read what I just wrote. It’s ironic that I once replaced a heavy book of the very author who would -- a year later -- condemn e-readers and people who use e-readers.



I repeat, I still read paperbacks and hardcovers but every time I read one after finishing a book on the e-reader, I get a little irked. When I come across one of those words I’m not familiar with, it is a bump in the flow as I will have to pick up a dictionary, look up the meaning and then pick up my reading again. A lot of the time, I make do with the contextual meaning and carry on with my reading, hoping to look up the word after I was done with that sitting. But then, sometimes there are several words I think I should look up and when I finally get down to doing it, I remember only half the words. On the contrary if I’m on an e-reader I just have to click on the word and voila! I have the explanation.

So what, if the Kindle isn’t back-lit? The e-ink makes sure my eyes don’t hurt and it is the closest thing to reading print on paper. What are book-lights for, anyway. If your mommy switches off the light at 9:00 pm or your spouse can’t sleep because your bed-lamp is on, believe me: an e-reader paired with a book-light is far better than a heavy book and a flashlight beneath that blanket.

I admit: I love the Kindle. I love the fact that I can mark my favourite lines. I love the fact that I can click on an insightful paragraph and instantly share it on Twitter. I love the fact that it can hold over 2000 books in it. I love almost everything about it.
I admit: I am Kindled!

34 comments:

  1. It could be the way I have grown up cherishing the books even after I have read them that is stopping me from switching to an e-reader. You know what, I'll end up purchasing both e-version and paperback of the books I like for I love to stack them in that bookshelf. Probably, the future generations will prefer the e-thing alone.

    Yet, I may need to buy a tablet, after all, for I frequently read photography books. The tonal range of photographs is the chief content of these volumes and obviously, e-ink just can't handle that.

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    1. That's right, e-ink will not be able to do justice to photography books.

      I too haven't given up reading paper-books. E-books seem to be easier for me at this point of my life. It's best when there is a toddler at home, too. But I seriously think e-books should cost a lot lesser than they do now. Why shouldn't they, when there is no paper consumption and it does not involve printing.

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  2. i am probably the wrong person to comment here coz I HAVE READ ONLY ONE BOOK IN MY ENTIRE LIFE :D. but yes may be in future if i decide to read something, i ll probably check out this e-reader as well.

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    1. Seriously Deb? That's interesting. Now you've got me wondering what that one book might have been?

      If you are going to be reading magazines or books with a lot of images, a reader like this may not be the best idea. But if it's a novel, you should consider something that uses the e-ink technology. It does not hurt your eye so you can read for longer periods.

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  3. changing with the times...
    have yet to switch...

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    1. I guess we will have to but sometimes we feel like holding on to traditional stuff.

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  4. I'm still waiting to get my hands on an e-book reader but I like both paperbacks and e-book readers, never was anti to them and never will be coz whichever way I look I only find advantages for them.

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    1. Hey Rads, Welcome :)
      That's cool. You have a very open mind. I didn't think I could pick up anything other than those paper books. Obviously there's been a change in perception. :D

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  5. I am waiting to get one sometime in the near future. Though I'm not a bookworm either, I love to read :)

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    1. All the best. Do some homework before you buy to make sure what reader/tablet will best suit your needs. Thank you for coming by and letting me know you were here :).

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  6. how would you compare an ebook reader with a smartphone like an android or an iphone with e book reader application?

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    1. I do have a Kindle app on my android phone. But I'd rather not read books on it. The screen's too small for 'books' as such (ie. as far as I am concerned.)It's too much of a strain; my under-eye dark circles would only get darker :). But I'll tell you one thing, the LG Revolution that I use has a bigger display than most phones so I could easily read web pages on it, when I go out. Thanks to auto-rotate, if I have web pages on the horizontal it's a fairly decent device for some reading. Believe it is a whole lot better than the iphone for that matter.

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  7. Each facility is worth for its use. Books have their place, and Kindle is creating its won.

    After reading your page, I am tempted to,think of buying one :-)

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    1. This is so right, Jayalakshmi. Buying an e-reader is not a bad idea really ;).

      So sorry for the late response. This comment of yours got lost in the spam folder.

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  8. I am a paperback reader because of the flexibility it offers- read while lying down, read in toilet....Looks like time perhaps to change.

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    1. In that case, I'm sure you'll see that these readers are better when it comes to reading in bed, because it is so much lighter so your hands don't ache. Moreover you can hold it in one hand.

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  9. Kindle, Tablets, IPad have changed the world forever notwithstanding the aroma of paper and ink of the books! Lovely writing:)

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    1. I guess they have. Yeah, we'll soon be missing that lovely smell of books(I like the smell of old books; not a fan of the new-book-smell).
      Thank you so much, Mr. Bhatia.

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  10. I am completely with you on this, I love the kindle as well :)

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    1. I'm sure it's great for travellers like you.
      I hear there may be new prohibitions in the use of e-readers on flights, yeah even at 10,000 ft as they haven't exactly ruled out the idea that it could interfere with the craft's signals. :(

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  11. I was not at all good at reading and my mother didn’t like that. But during the last one year I got crazy about a lot of things including reading, collecting old things (like a mechanical watch) and many other crazier things. I thought of gifting my mother a Kindle but the number of Malayalam e-books turned out to be very few, so I started buying and reading Malayalam books and started to share it with her.

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    1. Nice to know you have taken a liking for reading, among other interesting interests.
      A kindle is definitely useful for people who are on the move. It has been found that e-readers have gotten more people into the habit of reading. Isn't that so cool? Honestly, e-readers do have some good sides to them.

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  12. Kindle is really a boon when it comes to voluminous books..
    esp. second your opinion on quick reference on non-familiar words and easy to carry on journeys..
    I am kindled too :-)

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    1. I swear. :)

      I see that you have a toddler too. Kindles are safer around them too. You don't have to worry about them tearing books apart and misplacing book marks and all :D.

      Nice to see you here, Uma.

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  13. For every single thing in this world merits and demerits accompany with them. It's in us how we use them. As i experienced whenever i sit to read e-book i usually shift to browsing net. when the sophisticated gadget there with you disturbance will be in the same level. I can't help myself to avoid. Except this every word i agree with you :) Good one Nambiar :)

    http://knvinayaka.blogspot.com
    your new follower :):D

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    1. Welcome to this blog, Vinayak.

      It does depend on how we use these gadgets. Once I'm done downloading a book I turn of the wi-fi/3G on it.
      Good for me I'm not tempted to connect to the internet as on Kindle Keyboard, the net is not as good as I would like it to be; it was just put in there on an experimental basis. :D.

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  14. Time to switch !! But really need to wait till I get my campus job .!! Just Few more Months!!...:)
    Happy Easter BTW!!! And Thanx for dropping by my blog!!
    -Mr. Dream Teamo

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    1. And when you are ready to buy an e-reader, make sure you do some background work to find out what will best suit the reader in you. And let me know how you like whatever gadget you choose to buy. Mr. Dream Teamo, All the best for that and for the job you look forward to. :)
      Belated Easter wishes to you too.
      And thank YOU for visiting my blog first :). You're always welcome here.

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  15. A good and timely post for me. I was recently thinking about switching to a e-reader especially reading those monstrous James Joyce's novels, but I have this unreasonable fear of me falling asleep holding the e-reader and it exploding on my chest :-). Recently at a demo, the display was very easy on the eyes and the device itself is very versatile. Looking forward to buying it.

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    1. An e-reader exploding on your chest? Gosh! that's a frightening thought. Just don't read while its charging.

      I'm so glad this post was a timely one for you. If you read a whole lot (of novels)you have to go in for the e-ink technology. You can read 'pages' and not feel the strain that you would feel reading on a back-lit screen. All the best, Sandeep. I hope you'll find the device that is just right for you. Happy reading. :)

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  16. i too get scarce time to read but books are the only option for me...i so want to read all the books that i read & liked in the past but where is the time?

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    1. I know... :( We could honestly do with a few more hours, right?

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  17. Love the kindle too! But i wish they had the back light feature...

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    1. Initially, I wished it was back lit but when I found that that was actually good for my eyes. I think that's the best part 'coz there's absolutely no strain; it's like reading a paper book.
      Reading at night/low light is difficult. I tried two kinds of book lights and was not happy with both. :(. Is there one you'd recommend, Meoww?

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