We're back to the ABC meme. This wee the letter is K, and K for me this time is for Kindle.
(me, reading at my little witch's bed while I thought he at the computer - not!)
When I started working at home as a text reviewer and text editor for a publishing house for indies last year, one of the first things my boss did was to give me his Kindle DX, so I could work and train in the process of converting texts into pdf files, and test them into the device. For the book lover here, it was a huge treat. It was already filled with over 4oo ebooks, from technical manuals, to classic authors, to some brand-new books that were only recently launched - Da Boss is also an avid reader, Gods bless him, lol!
I have always been reluctant on using an e-reader. Physical books, as for many people, have always been some kind of sacred objects to me. I always loved holding a book in my hands. The joy at running my fingers over the cover, feeling the different textures and beautiful (or not) art on them. The pleasure of turning the pages and feeling that classic smell only books have. And of course, the excitement of reading the stories at the pace the authors imply, reading under blankets, over breakfast table, on bank lines. One thing I miss is to have my bookshelf again full of my old, cherished books, now patiently waiting in cardboard boxes.
So at first I kept my Kindle aside, not trusting it entirely, and being stupidly stubborn not allowing myself to try it at least once. But as work demanded, I started testing some texts converted from my favorite writing program, Scrivener. It worked well, of course, and I started getting used to feeling the cool surface, the device's weight, its clean appearance.
And I was caught. I started re-reading classics just for the fun of experiencing it, and liked it. I still love actual books much more than ebooks, but I can't deny that they are here to stay. It's a fact that more and more ebooks will be launched, it's a niche that is begging to be explored. I just can't deny it. And after all, what matters is reading.
I still prefer buying a physical book and enjoy it the way I always did. But now I also buy ebooks with no regrets. On my Kindle I'm devouring now The Hunger Games trilogy, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy is just waiting for me after that. As I said, what matters is reading! ;o)
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