I’ve dipped my toe ever the fence to the dark side and got a book onto my tablet. I’ve had my tablet for over a year, and have never felt the need to load a book onto it, even after finding the free Kindle Amazon app, I’m a book person. Real pages and bent spines, smelly (in a good ‘book’ way) crumpled pages. It was a spur of the moment ‘I really want to read that book and it’s right there for me to grab when the shops are closed’ kind of evening, one minute I was thinking about it and the next well there it was staring at me from the screen. I feel like a traitor every time I see the screen light up. But actually less of a traitor each time.
I’ve discovered a few things about the Kindle. That the Kindle is back lit, which means I can read places where I find it difficult to read books, in bed when I don’t want the light on, in a car when it’s getting dark, and there are other possibilities, when I hang around with the Mr at a gig, the tablet is slimmer to put in my bag than some books, and there are some books that just aren't available in paperback. (I’ve just finished reading Christmas at The Gingerbread Cafe).
But there are definitely downsides. It’s not a book for a start, and therein lies the real problem. I can’t keep it on a shelf to look pretty, take it down every now and then to look at, to remember, to discuss with friends,I can’t lend it out to other book lovers, and there is just something not right about buying and reading a book without seeing it in the flesh.
I’ve had a few headaches too which I’m totally blaming on reading with the tablet, only last night I read a few chapters in bed and woke up this morning with the worst head ache I’ve had in a long time, I don’t think it would be a good idea for me to read as much as I normally do with a tablet. Even if I wanted too.
So although it may have it’s uses, (I won’t need to take 6 bags of books on holiday with me..) the real life books are always going to have a place in my life. When I think of place like Barter Books in Northumberland which is just the best bookshop ever, it makes me sad to think that these places may not exist some day.