Sunday, June 19, 2011

oh, paper. I'm so sorry.

My inlaws recently gave us a gift.  One that I, admittedly, was uncomfortable with.  They gave us a brand new iPad…and even though I fought it, I do love it.  I’m still trying to figure it all out, but I have a confession to make: I downloaded some books. To read.  On iBooks.  There. I said it.  I am reading a book right now on a digital device.  Just typing that makes me feel dirty and scandalous.
I couldn’t help but to see what it was all about.  Really, can you blame me?!  I will say that I feel like I’m having a bit of a tryst.  Maybe more of a ménage trois?  I’m torn.  I love books: the smell of books, the feel of a good heavy book in my hands – the excitement of buying a new book and cracking the spine.  I know. I’m a complete dork, but whatever.  Reading a book on an iPad is just weird.  There is really no other way to describe it – using the touch screen to turn the page seems wrong, but it’s also so easy.  And, I can hardly wait to get to the beach and have not just the three heavy books I will STILL tote with me, but also the 15 others that I’ve downloaded onto the iPad.  You know, just in case I can’t pick the right one to pack.
I know I wrote this about digital readers, but I guess I’m growing and changing with time.  Or else, I’ve just lost my mind.  Either is possible…I’ll keep you posted.


  1. The hoarder/collector in me LOVES the fact that even though I might only be reading ONE book at the time, I can carry ALL my favorites with me ALWAYS (b/c I NEVER leave home w/o my Kindle now).

    Amongst the many other pros & cons I find that I like the privacy of using a reader in public. So I'm reading Twilight? No worries b/c there are no condescending side-eye looks b/c no one can see what I'm reading. On the downside to that - the privacy afforded by using an reader in public - no interesting discussions sparked by strangers in coffeeshops or airports, etc.

    I'll be interested to see how you like reading on the iPad on the beach/outside. I have a hard time reading on my iphone outside in the bright light, which was one of the main reasons I went for the Kindle in the end.

    viva les books!!!!

  2. You now can buy my "They Were Just People" book for Kindle and maybe other e-forms. I'll check your iPad next time I see you to make sure you're supporting family enterprises.