I am, admittedly, slow to embrace technology. I never owned a Discman. I swore the DVD player would NEVER replace the VCR. I still don't have a smart phone. So, you won't be shocked to learn that I'm not pro-Kindle. As a bit of a bibliophile I find electronic reading, in theory, a disservice to books. How do you underline your favorite parts?
When recently I couldn't immediately check out a book I was dying to read from the library or buy it at a bookstore without ordering it, I went all 2011 on myself and downloaded the book to Dan's iPad. Instant gratification, but....
I hated it. Not the book, but the electronic reading experience. It's simply not the same. Unlike the DVR or a smart phone, it's NOT better than the old fashion way. Like a small group of other book apologists, I swore it off forever.
Until this morning - when I read Levi Johnston was going to write a Palin tell-all. Well, y'all know I can't resist memoirs.
I will submit some pretty frivolous book requests for borrow from the Library of Congress (Wait list for Sweet Valley Confidential? I'm on it!) and I will buy from the Barnes & Noble some pretty cheesey titles (here's looking at you, Tori Spelling) but at some point one has to have a little shame.
On a Kindle or an iPad, one can purchase and read things that lack even the slightest bit of intellectual merit, and no one is ever the wiser. If you see me glaring like A Deer in the Headlights into some electronic reader, despite having sworn I'd never do it again....well, now you'll know why.