I mentioned recently about how much I like to read. Surely for a techie, getting an Amazon Kindle is a no-brainer?
Things is I’m really torn.
With my technical head on it makes perfect sense. An entire library in my pocket. Books available on demand, no waiting for deliveries, shelf space at home reclaimed!
The technical side of the device is also really cool. Wi-Fi, optional 3g with coverage in over 100 countries, automatic backup, sync across multiple devices so you can pick up where you left off, massive battery life, text to speech, Facebook and Twitter integration, easy to read e-ink which works in sunlight!
Really, what isn’t there to like?! Honestly I’m completely sold. So why haven’t I got one yet?
The thing is I love books, as in real, actual, physical, books.
I have tons of them and while I understand I’d save a ton of space by switching to digital books I like having them around and I still get a massive kick out of receiving a book as a gift.
Also, while the instant buying experience of the Kindle is really appealing I love going into a book shop and just browsing. I’ve picked up lots of books purely by accident that I don’t think I would get just by browsing the Amazon site.
Take this book for example.
I spotted this while when I popped into a book shop whilst in town today.
I wasn’t looking for anything specific. I was just looking at the shelves to see what jumped out at me and I grabbed this straightaway.
This sort of thinking must have also happened to lots of people when the MP3 became popular and I’ll be honest I don’t miss music CDs and the switch to obtaining music digitally was really easy for me.
Everyone I’ve spoken to who owns a Kindle has nothing but great things to say about them and as I’ve already mentioned I’m totally sold so why am I having such a hard time getting over the fact I’d never need to physically own a book again. All those books I’ve read once and not picked up for years would instead just sit in memory on the device.
Am I subconsciously trying to keep score of the amount of books I’ve read by the the amount of shelves I’ve managed fill?
I’d be really interested to hear other opinions on this.
I’m so indecisive if I do decide to get one then I’ll torn over whether the 3g version is worth the extra money.