Partly because I’m easily ensnared by shiny new things and partly because I try to be a devout practitioner of efficiency, I’m very tempted to purchase the forthcoming, revamped Amazon Kindle. I’ve never owned an true e-reader before (though I do own an iPad) and the allure of the Kindle has always been obvious to me: having a large number of books in one small, lightweight package seems awesome.
And yet I love my old-fashioned, made of honest-to-God-paper books. To me, one of the most exciting things about buying a house was that I get to have a small library now (even if it was a pain in the ass to paint) and the thought of reading new books and yet not being able to put them on a bookshelf afterwards is more than a little soul-crushing.
The reasonable answer is, as is almost always the case, likely somewhere in the middle. Caitlin and I read enough that having a Kindle – and all the convenience and storage that it entails – around the house would probably be good for us. We don’t need to own a physical copy of every book that we read. Not to mention that a lot of books are dirt cheap or even free on the e-reader. At the same time, owning a Kindle doesn’t mean that I can’t keep buying actual, occupying-space-in-the-physical-universe books when I want to. This doesn’t have to be an either/or situation. (Right? I haven’t actually read the Amazon fine print in a while, I’m not sure what those guys are up to anymore.)
Does anyone have any advice one way or the other?