Here are my observations on my Kindle. I love it! It is so much fun to have ten or more books at my fingertips, all weighing less than one book. I have had a blast carrying it around and using it whenever and wherever I want... and when I hear about a good book, I click right in and order it. (That part is TOO easy. After all, it does cost money, which adds up.) Oh.. and the Kindle will hold 1,000 or more books. I just happen to have about ten loaded in right now.
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For those people who say they would miss the feel of a real book and turning pages, so far I agree, sort of. I miss that, too. But I knew the experience would be different than a real book, so I was prepared for it. I purchased a book holder at my sister's book store. It fits well and feels a little more bookish, for those times I want that feel.
My final vote: the benefits outweigh the things that I miss. Of course I still have the option, as always, to read real books, which I intend to keep doing. At least until I work through the gigantic pile of real books which are on shelves all over my house, waiting for my attention. In ten years, when I get those all read, maybe I'll read only from my Kindle. Time will tell. Until then, I'm enjoying having both options.
Tonight I finished an "M" book for my A-Z challenge: My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath. Apparently this is a children's book! Last week I found an old list I had scribbled of books I wanted to read. I don't remember when I wrote the list or where I heard of these books. I just found the list and thought I'd check the Kindle store.. three of the four books were there, so I splurged. The "M" book was one of them. I didn't remember it was a children's book, or why I wanted to read it.. I just plunged right in and started reading.
What a great book!! It's told through the eyes of a 12-year-old, precocious girl. She is very wise and funny and totally loveable. The story is fun, entertaining, surprising, and deep! I kept wanting to read parts of it aloud to someone, anyone.. but hubby doesn't like me to read blurbs from my books, so I was stuck highlighting passages (i.e., learning how to highlight passages on the Kindle. I'ts really quite easy).
Here is what I highlighted -- wise thoughts from the main character:
"All our lives are mundane but all our lives are also poetry."
[Nellie is a church lady who is exploring mystical ways of healing.. this is what the girl, Jane, says of Nellie] -- "Nellie has no interest in me. She is too busy chasing the divine. How can a person, if she is so evolved, ignore a simple request from someone really in need?"
And here is a wise thing said by Jane's mother:
"We all belong here equally.... just by being born onto the earth we are accepted and the earth supports us."
Beautiful, n'est-ce pas???