The Kindle is now available in Canada. Exciting news, but I'm not sure I'm ready to jump on that bandwagon yet.
I like the idea of getting a book within seconds. I like the idea of having a number of books with me without having to carry the weight of print books. BUT...
I love books. I love reading, but it's also the actual books that I love. I like having them around my house. I like seeing the shelves full of favourite reads and books not yet explored. If I admitted the amount of time I've spent organizing, stacking, re-organizing, and shelving my books, you'd probably think I was nuts.
I've resisted audio books, primarily because the few I tried to listen to were too slow and I didn't care for the narrators. There's a good chance that I'm just a control freak, and I like to control the speed of the reading. With books, I sometimes go back and re-read a passage if it affected me in some way. I have, on occasion, skimmed paragraphs when they dealt with something I found boring. With an audio book, that control is limited.
Not so, however, with a Kindle. I can skim, go back, and read at my pace. This tempts me much more than audio books, but I'm just not sure I'm ready to give up my printed books. In a world where technology = good, I'm feeling a little like a relic...but a happy relic surrounded by lovely books, in all shapes, colours and sizes.