The Kindle is to blame

January 13, 2018

 

I’m in love with books.  I love to sit and hold a book, read each word (yeah, I’m not a skimmer…), turn the pages and drift away in time with the author’s words.   Who needs a bathtub to escape?  (Calgon…take me away…I’m dating myself…again…!)

I’m pretty darn serious when it comes to my book reading time.

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That is unless I’m reading in bed – then the bed wins the amount of page turning time I spend.  Not for lack of trying though…!

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My goal was to be one of the last people (ever) to convert to a Kindle.  My mantra was, “If I’m going to buy a book, I want to be able to hold it, turn the pages, flip corners over to mark pages I love, and then place it prominently on a shelf.”

Books deserve to collect dust.  Books in my collection have earned their keep once I’ve read them.  Even old books I’ve never read, or if I love the charm of their spine titles, they, too, earn a prominent place in our house.

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In the great clear out of 2017, during my dubious minimalist attempts of clutter clearing, I downsized my book collection.  I’ve since gotten over the loss I felt with the parting of ways.  If I don’t look back at the pictures of what I donated, I can’t even remember what books I owned.  Yeah, it was that many.

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For my birthday, in support of my clutter clearing efforts, my loved ones gave me a Kindle.

“Well, gee, thanks, we’ll see, I’m just not sure…I think I’ll really miss holding a book…”

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I’ll be damned…old dogs can learn new tricks after all.  After I figured out all the nuances of the adorable little thing, I’m in love with it.  I even set-up my good reads store access and started adding to my virtual ‘to read’ shelf.

Dagnabit I’ve been hooked ever since…

So much so, I was shocked when I read my credit card bill.  I’m normally not the culprit when there are mystery charges.  I can readily know my own purchases without any need for confession.  As the bookkeeper, it’s my right.

“Honey, have you been buying stuff for your hobbies?  What are all those Amazon charges on the Discover bill this month?”

“No dear, those might be yours.”

“Crap…”

“What did you say?  Maybe they are books for your Kindle?”

“Shit…(just walk calmly out of the room so your reply is intelligible)…Okay, honey, thanks!  I’ll go check my emails for receipts.  I’ll let you know if I can’t figure the charges out, I’m sure you’re right.”

Daily Post Prompt:  Evoke

Pocket

By Shelley

Letting my quirk out one post at a time.

50 Comments

  1. Reply

    Dr B

    Reading books is a joy, storing them is a nonsense, unless you live in a Georgian mansion and have first editions leather bound as an investment. Even buying them on a Kindle is a nonsense when you can join Kindle Unlimited for £7.99 per month! I read around 10-12 books a month …. science and crime fiction, politics, philosophy, psychology non fiction. Just like a library, a no brainer.

    1. Reply

      Shelley

      OMG…I didn’t know about Kindle Unlimited! Thank you for the hot tip!!

      1. Reply

        Dr B

        Well that’s a surprise, I thought you were going to “blast” me for being a book fascist or something! Oh well, back to my pheasant casserole 🥘 😂👍

        1. Reply

          Shelley

          Nah, what fun would that be to give you what you expected? 😉 Enjoy the pheasant casserole…I might not agree with that choice in dining!?!

          1. Dr B

            Dr C is making marmalade so someone had to do dinner!

          2. Shelley

            Teamwork is splendid! Enjoy!

  2. Reply

    emmapalova

    I love Kindle. It makes my author’s work manageable. It also earned our KDL director the award of the Librarian of the Year. That is his clearing of the clutter in the libraries and replacing it with ebooks.
    “I got rid of the nostalgia and moved forward,” he said.
    I am doing the same. I still love to hold a real book in my hands, but times are changing, and we are changing with them.
    If not our destiny shall be that of the dinosaurs. Extinct.

    1. Reply

      Shelley

      Hi Emma, thank you for sharing your thoughts! Congrats on your book release! I added it to the ‘to read’ list on my Kindle. I’ll be thinking of your visit here to my blog when I read it!!

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        emmapalova

        Thank you Shelley for adding my book. I enjoyed reading your post that I found on the Daily Prompt round-up for Evoke. Grateful for that.

        1. Reply

          Shelley

          You’re welcome! Glad you enjoyed reading my post. There are so many to chose from, I’m honored you stopped at mine!

  3. Reply

    bikerchick57

    My brother gave me a Nook several years ago and I rarely use it. I love to hold a book and turn the pages, plus I already look at too many electronic devices and can’t read on the Nook before I go to bed. Perhaps I am old school, but I prefer it that way! 🙂

    1. Reply

      Shelley

      It definitely takes some getting used to. My Kindle isn’t backlit, so it’s sort of like a real book, I need natural light or a lamp to read it. My other must-have was that I could put it on my treadmill so I can read while I run. It works for that, too, and it doesn’t matter how thick the book is – it always fits. I’m not ready to quit my day job selling Kindles though, I know there are plenty of us out there that prefer the good old books!

  4. Reply

    Dr B

    Dr C and I travel lots all over the world and carrying the volume of books I read, plus city guides, would require an extra suitcase. But…… I don’t even use a Kindle reader, just the Kindle app on my iPhone mini. Perfect for waiting at airports, on the plane, sitting in bars or cafes. Reading, photography, writing notes, messaging, emailing, researching, blogging all on one device. If you take the “I like the feel of the book” to it’s extreme then you would take a book, city guide, camera, notepad and pen etc everywhere you go! A bit extreme?

    1. Reply

      Shelley

      I do love my Kindle that isn’t backlit. I don’t care to be tied that closely to my I-phone, while ‘efficient’ – if you lost it, how would you feel? While it is fun to be able to take pictures (for SnapChat and Instagram) from my phone, I adore my canon and another lens for taking better pictures. We are spoiled nowadays with all the options we have available to us.

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        Dr B

        I’m at the stage of life now where if I lost my iPhone I’d just buy another one! All is backed up and synced, it’s only money!

        1. Reply

          Shelley

          Oh, yeah, good point!

  5. Reply

    Dr B

    You need to follow our standard blog or you’ll lose us!

    1. Reply

      Shelley

      Did I follow the wrong one? Send me the correct link, please.

      1. Reply

        Dr B

        Ha, you followed my Textus blog I think, we are The Two Doctors via http://www.thetwodoctors.wordpress.com

        1. Reply

          Shelley

          That’s the blog I am following, so we’re good to go on that!

  6. Reply

    nomaddernomadder

    Shelley, I would like to link this post to a piece I am writing on Wednesday. Do you mind?
    Donna

    1. Reply

      Shelley

      Wow, I’m impressed, you’re planning several days in advance about what you’re writing!! Yes, feel free to share my post. I look forward to reading your post!

      1. Reply

        nomaddernomadder

        Haha, yes, thank you.

        1. Reply

          Shelley

          You’re welcome!

    1. Reply

      Shelley

      Nice post-Donna, great job!! Thank you, too, for the pingback!

  7. Reply

    Winnie

    Like you, I still love reading books that I can hold and I love the smell of good old books. Though I have ebooks on my ipad, I still buy books from the bookstore. For me, nothing can beat those good old books.

    1. Reply

      Shelley

      I agree good old books are treasures. They are also a good restraint mechanism. When I think of going to the library, my arms limit the number I check out. The Kindle…well, it is a tad too easy to build a list to read as well as purchase them! Oy!

      1. Reply

        Winnie

        You’re so lucky to have easily access to many books. In our country, I don’t see any local libraries accessible especially in our area. True! It’s much easier to accumulate in the new technology 😉

        1. Reply

          Shelley

          Aw, that makes me sad to hear about the limited access to books. I hope you find comfort in being able to use the internet to read?

          1. Winnie

            Yup. But there are bookstores and shops that sell books and magazines at low prices. Right now, I’m reading handme down books from a friend. I really love the smell of books 😉. I put aside my ebooks for future reads.

          2. Shelley

            I’m so happy to hear of your ways to find books and read the format you love! Enjoy each precious moment!

          3. Winnie

            Thank you Shelley! Have a great day!

          4. Shelley

            You’re welcome, you too! Hope it is a great day for you!!

          5. Winnie

            Oh Shelley it was not but after friends called me I’m okay now

          6. Shelley

            Oh, sorry to hear it wasn’t a great day, but I’m glad to read it got better for you after talking with friends. Hope it continues to improve!

          7. Winnie

            Yup hope so. A friend broke my trust and she doesn’t want to settle the money she owed me. She’s hiding. My friends know me too well especially when I’m out of the radar. They missed their clown 😄

          8. Shelley

            It is nice to have friends you can trust to be there for you. Things always seem to even out, eventually!

          9. Winnie

            True! They’re my high school batchmates. Even our kids are friends because they are almost at the same age. I’m going to email you some pictures 😉.

          10. Shelley

            Great pictures, thanks for sharing!

          11. Winnie

            You’re welcome!

  8. Reply

    middleagedwarrior

    I’m the same – my shelves groan with books and I use those old favourites as decoration because looking at the spines of beloved books is better than any wallpaper as far as I am concerned. But the convenience of the kindle is amazing. I love that if someone raves about a book I can be reading it within 30 seconds. I still buy the IRL version of favourite authors or particularly loved stories, but I am hooked on the kindle. I have about 600 on there now. My monthly bills are terrible! 😂

    1. Reply

      Shelley

      I agree, there’s beauty in the spines of books! I’m right there with you on the convenience of the Kindle. I just finished verifying my credit card statement…the ease of buying a book via Kindle is something that may need to be watched more closely…(Shhh….!) Thank you, for stopping by to share your thoughts, nice meeting you here in cyberspace!

  9. Reply

    MythRider

    I also read a number of Stephanie Plum books. I’m looking forward to reading her series with a co-writer. I liked reading so much I started writing my own Novels. If you do get Kindle Unlimited, you can read mine. I started with science fiction and am now working on fantasy. No matter what you read, happy reading. Phyllis

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      Shelley

      Ah, Stephanie Plum – I love spending time reading her books. I laugh out loud every time I read one. That’s awesome that you started writing your own. I am going to hook up with Kindle Unlimited so I will look your books up. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for stopping by to read my post. So nice to hear from you – happy reading & writing to you!

      1. Reply

        MythRider

        There are two Phyllis Moores. My are Pegasus Colony and Storm’s Coming. Do you write reviews? Every review is helpful to an author, exceptionally new authors. Not just mine, but any author. If you do, thank you from all of us. ;0)

        1. Reply

          Shelley

          Thank you for the clarification! Yes, I do write reviews, I just started though. I’ll remember to write one for you!

          1. MythRider

            Thanks. I also have started writing reviews. See you on line.

          2. Shelley

            Yes, see you there!

  10. Reply

    sandyjwhite

    I never thought I would give up books until I received a Nook a year ago for Christmas. With the backlit text and ability to adjust font type and size, I have really enjoyed using it. I still read a REAL book occasionally, but the Nook is my ‘go to’ most often.

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