I didn’t want a Kindle. It was never on my wish list, not something I thought I would use. But when I won one without even trying, I wasn’t about to turn it down.
Even after it arrived in our house, I avoided it. What can I say? I love the feel of pages beneath my fingers. I like looking at my titles on the book shelf and pulling out one that I love and thumbing through to find a favorite passage.
But the day Mockingjay released, I woke up around 1:30 a.m. and downloaded it to my Kindle. I’d finished reading it by the time my local book store opened, although I did go in and pick up my pre-ordered copy. And that was kind of cool, to have immediate access to the book, right when I wanted it.
When we went on vacation I downloaded about ten new books onto my Kindle to read. Much easier than lugging along the printed versions. We also brought along the iPad my husband gave me for Christmas and downloaded some books for the kids. I went back and forth between the Kindle and the iPad for my reading, and I was impressed that no matter which device I used, it always opened to the last page I read. The kids enjoyed the novelty of electronic reading and appreciated the color illustrations on the iPad over the grayscale images on Kindle.
So, I guess all of that is to say that while I still enjoy having physical, paper books in my possession, I’m also seeing the benefit of the e-readers. According to this article in the New York Times, e-book sales jumped sharply after Christmas, and more than ever, books for children are fueling that rise.
Has your family joined the e-revolution? Which device do you (and/or your kids) read on and why?
And if you’d like to win some old-fashioned hard-cover books, I’ve got copies of Beautiful Darkness, Catching Fire and Mockingjay up for grabs. Leave a comment on the post below, telling me which ONE book you’d like to be entered for, before midnight on Thursday. I’ll announce the winners on Friday.