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Amazon ‘Kindle’

Quotes About Romantic FictionI see that Amazon has launched the sale of it’s Kindle e-reader, here in the UK, although, such is the demand, that actually getting hold of one, may prove to be something of a feat.

The on-line giant has also added between 200,000 and 4oo,ooo new titles to it’s UK Kindle Store, (depending on which report you read!), although some critics have questioned why the price of some of the Kindle books, are the same as the printed version.

Whilst the e-reader may have a perfectly valid appeal in some scenario’s, to me, it will never take the place of a traditional printed book.

Yes, an e-reader may be light and easy to pack, perfect for a trip where luggage weight is an issue; you may have hundreds of thousands of titles at your fingertips and just a click away; and for students, the convenience of having that tome of a textbook taken away from you, has unquestionably obvious advantages.

For me though, an e-reader will never be able to replicate the feel and smell of a book, or being able to browse the shelves of a bookshop and handle the merchandise.

Would you take the risk of drowning your e-reader in the bath or pool? Sand blasting it on the beach? Or, heaven forbid, dropping it from a great height onto a hard surface?

At least with a book, the most damage you can do to it, is to curl or stain a few pages, have to dry it off occasionally, or most drastically, break it’s spine. Whilst this doesn’t make for a great looking book, it is hardly ever left fatally wounded and unreadable and can be replaced for the cost of a few pounds.

If you succumb to the e-reader club, just think of all those lost opportunities to pass on your latest great read to friends and family; make your donation to you local hospital, library or charity; set your book free on ‘Book Crossing’; or exchange it on a ‘Read It Swap It’ site, for the relatively inexpensive cost of postage.

There has to be room for both e-readers and traditional books in this world, so let’s not allow the one, to overpower the other and force us all, some of us unwillingly, down the road to being enforced technophiliacs!!

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • Hi Yvonne!

    Just discovered your blog and just had to check it out as we are namesakes and passionate about reading. So to avoid confusion, I’ve resorted to the name I use on political blogs.

    I’ve just been looking into this kindle thing. Truth be told, I can get my head arround using a device like that for study and research, but not reading for pleasure. Whether fiction or non-fiction. I read both.

    Turning the pages, smelling the paper and even the look of the book is all part of the pleasure of reading for me. I can persist and read a book to the end, even if the story does not do it for me, or the writing style doesn’t gel, but no way would I be able to do that with a little electronic device.

    Having said all that, I wonder if it will eliminate the need of torches and other light sources under bed-covers for the young ones when they’ve been told lights out go to sleep now. It could have prevented a smouldering bed and a panicked daughter some 6 years ago, not to mention my shaking legs-the fire alarm never went off.

    • Hi Anansi,
      Thanks for stopping by the site, it is great to meet you.
      We seem to be like minded spirits, when it comes to reading, although I do tend to read a lot more fiction than non-fiction.
      I hadn’t really considered the argument you put forward for children perhaps using e-readers, but have been giving it some thought, since your comment.
      I’m not sure that we really need another electronic device that our young people can become so addicted to, that they think they can’t live without. Plus all the ensuing arguments with younger children, when access time is rationed by parents.
      For them to grow up with traditional books, is just so much nicer, don’t you think?
      Visit again soon.

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