I’m a book guy. I like the way they feel in my hands. I like the way they smell. I like the way they look (though I’ve gone on record saying that dust covers are expendable). I like getting them in boxes, finding them in used bookstores, or even finding them for $3 amid the garbage at Ollies. I like stacking them. I like having them on my shelves. I like marking them up. Sure, I use some reference materials on my laptop, but I still like to holding a book and turning its pages—on the couch, or bed, or desk, or wherever. I just like them.
And so I’ve resisted the Kindle Kraze. I could see reading fiction on Kindle, as I don’t mark it up or read it so studiously. But Christian books and commentaries? Serious books? I don’t know. It feels like borrowing a serious book: wrong.
Nevertheless, I’m having second thoughts. Kindles are getting more common. Better. Lighter. Cheaper. And books are, well, heavy. Heavier, in fact, unless I’m just getting older. Though I’ve sort of dug in my heels on this, I get the feeling that I’m arguing for the benefits of the typewriter vs. the computer, the 8-track vs. the CD (or mp3; whatever). Denial, anyone?
The point of the post (finally!) is this: Should I get a Kindle? Why? If you’ve done so (I almost said “turned to the dark side”), are you pleased? Would you do it again? Do you still buy normal books? Are there times you wish you had a real book? Is it more a tool or a toy? What do you like? What don’t you like?