A couple of years back I posted a photo on this blog of me leaning against a very high pile of To Be Read books. I love books, as I'm sure you all do. It's very hard to walk away from those specials bins in the stores or even their regular shelves, if I'm being honest. Sometimes I sort of sneak another one into the house and pretend it's been lying around for ages.
Out here in our bay we have keys to neighbours' houses so we can keep an eye on things for them since they're part timers. As a consequence I'm allowed to borrow books as well.
There are four bookcases in this small house and innumerable boxes in storage. Books take up a lot of room.
So enter the Kindle or, in my case, the tablet. Wow, we can hold so many books on these devices and not take up any space whatsoever. And no one knows how many I've got on there to be read.
But as good as this is I still prefer to hold a "real" book in my hand when I'm reading in bed late at night. I don't have to turn it off or wait for the light to fade, it feels soft and pliable, and the written word just plain looks better on paper. When I nod off and drop the book nothing's broken - except my sleep - whereas the tablet doesn't take too kindly to being thumped on the floor.
Which reminds me of my mother. She was an insomniac and read most hours of the day and night. In bed she'd read until she fell asleep then the book would hit the floor and she'd wake up and start all over again. I counted five thuds one night I stayed with her. Mum would never have owned one of those silly modern things that were pretending to be a book.
But there is a place for our Kindles and tablets, especially if you like to travel. I also like the speed at which I can download a new book from the comfort of the couch.
Last week I wandered into a chain store that used to be mostly about books and was shocked to see how little space is now devoted to fiction books. When did that happen? The shop is taken up with toys, games, and non fiction books. Times are a changing, I guess.
Do you mostly use a Kindle or tablet to read? Or are you still hanging on to the real deal?