Nicole Flockton

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07 October 2009

Converted

We are getting into the digital age, well let's be honest we've been in it for a while. I've had a mobile phone for the last 15 years, computers at work and home for over 20 years but when it comes to reading I've always been a paperback type of girl.

I like the feel of a book in my hand, the turning of the pages, the flicking through to see what happens because I'm impatient (yes that is bad I know). The continual going back to the book to revisit characters, favourite scenes, crying and laughing and just sighing over the endings. Being transported to the Greek sunshine on Santorini, or the the smell of the vineyards in Italy or the Australian outback or even, the danger and excitement of a fire station, any place other than the house that needs cleaning, it will be there when I've finished visiting my favourite characters. :-)

But now you can buy e-books, where with just the press of a button you can turn the page, increase the font size, hold a super slim device in your hand instead of the weight of a historical saga.

I've resisted the lure of the e-reader. I've bought a few e-books and they've wallowed aimlessly on my hard drive. Two of the girls from Wink have e-readers. One raves over it, it's the only way to go now, the other, not sure what she thinks I'll have to ask her. I'll admit to have scoffing at them saying, nope paper books for me all the way.

Well I guess now I'll have to eat humble pie. My wonderful husband bought me an e-reader for my birthday and I LOVE IT!! Yes I'm being converted, but not totally. In a way I'm sad that I won't have all those favourite books by my favourite authors on my bookshelf, but instead they'll be on my hard drive. It does mean I can buy lots more books and my DH can't shake his head when he sees the metre high pile of books to be read on the floor. But I do have authors that are my absolute favourite and now I'll have paperback and digital version of their books. I guess I can live with that.

I've had it less than a month and I think I've read 6 books on it, I still have a pile of paperbacks I need to read, so I'm alternating between the two. The amazing thing is with the e-reader I'm reading books in a day and half. I can't flick through the books to see what's happening, I have to click that button and vicariously read and read and read till I find out what happens. The only downside is, that it's going to be hard to flick through the pages and find those favourite scenes when I want to avoid the housework!

So yes in the space of a month I've gone from being a non-believer of the wonders of e-readers to an absolute believer of the wonders of an e-reader. How many more are going to be converts in the near future?

JN

3 Comments:

  • At 4:19 pm , Blogger lidia said...

    Nicki,

    Good for you! I bought a Kindle in May and slowly am got used to reading books on it.

    I still by some paperbacks though -- mostly books that I would like to keep.

    As for browsing the book, some books include chapters and you can skip to the specific chapters. Also, you can bookmark books (you should do that do your favorite scenes). Granted, it is not the same as flipping/skimming through a book but it is helpful.

    I hope that you were able to make some progress with regards to your kids' school -- the yelling, etc...

    Have you found acceptable bread yet?

    Take care,
    Lidia

     
  • At 5:25 pm , Blogger Rachael Johns said...

    Wohoo - serioulsy jealous! Which one did you get?!?!

    :)
    Rach!

     
  • At 6:21 pm , Blogger Just Nicki said...

    Hey Lidia,

    I think I've found a bread am going to try and make some myself and see how that goes. I don't think I can change the teachers much now Lidia, too set in the ways. I'll look at bookmarking places - thanks.

    Rach,

    I got a Sony Touch Edition. So I can write notes on it if I want to. It's pretty cool.

     

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