I love to read. *push nerd-alert glasses up nose*. Always have, always will. I've loved it so much for so long that my mom actually potty trained me as a kid on the promise of new books. Potty like big girl = get a new Golden Book (yea, you remember those!). I secretly wish I was still rewarded this way for bathroom breaks...
Here are my quick, initial thoughts on whether or not to invest in a Kindle... (I'm gonna call it "investing" because as someone who definitely should be saving money this makes it sound far less impulsive and more like a mature decision a money conscious adult would make...)
- Eco-friendly. Realistically, utilizing a local library system (or the book-swap among friends system) is equally as eco-friendly. I try to do this when possible but often either end up too lazy to go and pick up the books or am completely absent minded to the extent of perpetually owing $8 in late fees (yes, this is my current balance that I keep forgetting to go pay).
- Easy for travel. Or moving. Or storage. I always feel so cluttered with *stuff* in life. Living lighter, including in the book department, is very appealing to me.
- After the initial purchase, the cost of buying books goes down significantly from my average Barnes and Noble run. So in the end, I would probably be saving monies. Saving monies is good. We like saving monies.
- The convenience of snagging a book in a hot-minute is appealing. I certainly have my moments of being a true member of the instant gratification generation.
- It's sleek and cool looking. Yep, I'm a 26 year old female. Of course the way it looks made it on the list.
- It's $189 out of pocket. Maybe I should move $189 into my savings, hit the library and call it a day?
- I won't get the feel of a book in my hand...or get to smell that book-smell that I creepily enjoy oh so very much. There's something to be said for physically curling up with a good book vs. yet another piece of technology. Is no classic and vintage past time sacred anymore? Is it silly to cling to something old fashioned and oh so very un-digital in an ever increasing digital world? Did I just completely over think that?
- It's one more thing for me lose. I misplace a key, credit card, ipod, pair of sunglasses, phone, etc almost every single day. I can already feel the mini heart attack coming from my first "where the f did I put my Kindle???" moment.
- I like supporting my local independent book stores, for example Books, Inc.. I know that if I own a Kindle, my visits to these cute little shops will decrease significantly.
- I'll have to remember to charge it every once and awhile. I'm pretty sure my phone dies at least 3 times a week these days because I forget to charge it so often. Mommy would not be happy having her "book" die on her in the middle of reading...and mommy is me.
I'm so confused.
What do you think? Please tell me what to do.