When I was sixteen, I begged my parents' for a Kindle 2 (It had just come out on the market, and was quite a chunk of change). That was all I wanted for my birthday and I spent months drooling over it on Amazon. Well, my birthday came and went and alas, I didn't get the Kindle from my parents for my birthday. All hope lost, I decided to grin and bear it (after all, I was a *super* cool sixteen year old)...and then, a few days after my birthday, my sister came up from university for the holiday weekend (my birthday lands right by Memorial Day) with a gift...my KINDLE 2!!! I was ecstatic. Somehow, she had gotten an amazing deal on it and I was thrilled. I soon became attached to the Kindle and was obsessed, I spent countless hours reading on the light, digital e-reader.
Now, two years have passed, and I don't use my Kindle as often. I will sometimes use it to read free e-books, chick lit and other guilty-pleasure reading but in my mind, nothing beats the beautiful smell and feel of the printed page. Nothing compares to a new book or an old book or the feeling of flipping through the pages, the satisfaction of closing it when the reading is done. I like to write in my books, I like to read what other people have written in them before me.
My Kindle is great from a traveling perspective, it's always nice to have the peace of mind of having thousands of books accessible at once. However, I don't really enjoy reading serious literature on the Kindle. I greatly prefer the printed book, where I can write in the margins and feel the heft of what I am reading. I can't get over reading on a screen, even though it isn't back-lit, it can bother my eyes at times. The harsh white around the screen that is carefully gray I find to be distracting and irritating. I feel that e-readers take a little something away from the reading experience. But, despite its downsides, the convenience of the Kindle, its portability and its subtle nature are lovely positives.
In the end, I won't be giving up my Kindle anytime soon (it sure is convenient) but you will never, ever, EVER separate me from my printed books.