I am getting a Kindle.
I know I am a paper freak. I love notebooks and dead trees in all their forms. I may even have made statements about paper books in the past that involved the words 'cold, dead hands' and were punctuated by whimpers.
But the books are taking over my house, and I need to do something.
Just before Christmas, I piled up 130 books that I no longer wanted, and managed to sell half of them to Chapters, Dublin's go-to spot for second-hand books (I sold them for store credit and spent half of that on Christmas presents, and hope to spend the second half next year). I received five books as Christmas presents this year and there is no room for them. They now live on the spare bed.
Please note, I was getting rid of 130. We are talking less than a fifth of my collection here, and it's a small house.
I am also currently embarking on a mammoth de-cluttering project (I brought some paint samples home, innocently, and my mother somehow managed to turn four testers of paint into a valid reason to rearrange the whole house. But to rearrange it, we first have to empty much of it). And since I'm getting rid of everything that I can't justify keeping, it seems silly to keep a book for ten years in case I want to read it again. So any books I didn't sell, and any others I can get rid of, will be given to charity shops, local senior citizens' reading groups, and Facebook friends who 'yoink' in time.
But I'm never going to stop reading. My house is not getting any bigger - and my living space is likely to get even smaller next year.
I have a solution for the current books, but the time has come to consider a solution for the future books that I have no doubt I'll buy.
Once I started considering a Kindle, I saw a lot of advantages.
- It's easily portable - it weighs less than most standard books.
- No more missing my bus because I finished my book last night and must scour the house frantically for a new one. I can keep up to 3500 ebooks in my bag all the time and my physical therapist won't hate me (he doesn't like the weight of my backpack).
- I can buy American books for far less money and far more quickly than I can at the moment.
3500 ebooks. . . . :D