Kindle owner on her continuing love of 'real' books

These passions will not be easily extinguished

Slate today has an anti-Kindle rant from a 26-year-old fellow and I must say that I found his reasoning not all that compelling.

However, a comment on the piece from a Kindle owner does fit nicely into my own thinking about the future of print, so I thought I'd share it with you here.

I'm a 30-year-old book junkie. I started reading before my older brother and books became my safe haven as a child. I would read several books a day as a teen and even during the summers of college and grad school I could typically knock out a book a day if I didn't have research to read. As I get older my speed of reading seems to be slowing down but I go through phases of intense reading to this day.

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My husband got me a gift for our anniversary and I didn't know how to react when I opened it. He's a tech guy and he was just certain that a Kindle was the ultimate gift for his wife the reading junkie. I completely appreciated the sentiment and knew he had tried to put together all the pieces of the puzzle to come up with a great gift, but I really didn't want it. What can I say, I like books. I like having bookshelves filled with books, when people come over it tends to lead to great discussions about why something is on my shelf. If I ever have kids, I want them to have a house full of books so that they can read at any level they choose to be appropriate for them. I like cover art, the feel of the page, watching a book get frayed as I read it.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-technology. I think the Kindle will be really useful when we travel as I often carry 5-8 novels with me if we are going to be gone for a week. It is also more convenient when on trains, planes, etc. I do like the ease of acquiring new reads, but I do worry about the distraction factor as well. I can't really see myself curling up at home with a Kindle and I definitely won't be using it in the bath, which stinks, because I'm typically a one book at a time kind of girl and I will most likely have to become at least a 2 book at a time person in order to use the Kindle where appropriate.

During the summers I usually try to read a couple of classics that I haven't read before but feel I should to have a more well rounded knowledge of literature. I started Anna Karenina at the beginning of summer, and I love it, but I've been dragging my feet to finish it. I think it's because I know that once I do, I will have to face the Kindle and I'm just not ready to yet.


Our 9-year-old daughter, Emma, is a voracious reader whose headboard bookcase overflows with favorites she has read again and again. I presume she'll own an e-reader before she has a driver's license ... but I know she'll need a bigger bookcase first.

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