I am nearly certain I will alienate many of my tried and true reader friends out there with this post, but here goes…
I am considering (seriously considering) buying one of these:
I know, I know I also said I would never get one. I too couldn’t imagine anything electronic coming between me and the feel of a really great book. Turning the pages, smelling the print, seeing the finished book sitting happily on my bookshelf waiting for me to pass it on to a trusted friend or to read again. But alas, I may be caving and here is why:
See that lovely rubber band encompassing my current book? This is my oh-so-high-tech method of reading at the gym where I do the majority of my hardcore reading (I would like to say that I read curled up in a comfy armchair while my children play happily at my feet. Not only is this a completely unrealistic image, but I am usually asleep in less than five pages if I even look at a comfy chair, bed or sofa while I am reading. The elliptical machine is the only thing that will keep this reader awake!). I have been doing this since college and it has (sort of) worked well until these last three or four years. The rubber band has duel purposes – it not only secures the book on the magazine rack of the elliptical, but it keeps the pages opened to the right place rather than succumb to the slightest breeze in the gym. The problem is that these darn exercise machines are becoming more high-tech themselves and the amount of metal that I have to stretch this poor rubber band over is laughable. Our gym has now put huge flat screen TVs on each elliptical machine and my current system is essentially unworkable – I have already snapped all of the big rubber bands in the house and sent Will off to work this morning with instructions to bring home “as many as you can find.”
All of this brings me to my current controversy – a Nook or a Kindle really would work much better for reading at the gym. I am attempting to pacify myself by saying I would still buy the actual books, too, and just use the Nook at the gym. I am not sure if this is even a realistic though considering that means spending literally twice as much on books (and will surely make Will’s head spin).
For now, I will keep reading in my old-fashioned way; but I am curious if anyone out there is using or has used an e-reader? Am I wasting my money or is it time for me to bite the bullet and get one already?
Happy Thursday everyone!