What bandwagon, you ask? Well, The Kindle bandwagon.
This morning, when I woke, I found a parcel wrapped in shiny red paper near my pillow, with a note stuck on it, along with a bright red gerbera daisy. Apparently, the in-house Santa had an early Christmas gift for me, which he claimed I would love. I opened the parcel to find a brand new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, all mine.
We had been debating whether to buy a Kindle or not, for quite some time. I had been swinging between ‘I want one’ and ‘I don’t think I would like one’ for a long time. It looks like someone got tired of the constant back-and-forth.
At the moment, I have mixed feelings about being the owner of this super-sleek piece of technology.
I am excited by the possibilities it opens up for me – I can now read a romance on a beach or a fantasy tale sitting under a tree in a garden. I could do that with a physical book, too, but I never seemed to have the right book with me while I travelled. Now, I can carry my library with me wherever I go, and choose appropriately. Not to forget the fact that I don’t have to wait a fortnight for the books that I order to appear at my doorstep, and the prices of certain books that I want to read are far more reasonable for a Kindle version than a physical copy.
I am a bit overwhelmed, too – I still don’t know the ins and outs of the device, and if you know me, you know that I am hopeless with technology. The Kindle feels different when I hold it in my hands, as if I am holding something that is not mine. I need time to get used to it, I guess. In a little corner of my heart, I feel like a traitor, too – a traitor of papery, sweet-smelling physical books.
Luckily, the husband understands my sentiments and is helping me settle in with the new addition to my bedside bookshelf. Most likely, I will go on a downloading spree over the weekend, getting hold of all those books I always wanted to read but never did because I didn’t want to go bankrupt.
Wish me luck as I journey on this new path as a reader, will you please? I hope the Kindle will add new dimensions to my reading, help me grow as one, and make me embrace it, totally. I hope I soon have wonderful experiences to share with all of you, starring the Kindle.