Electronic Reader FixationPosted: June 20, 2012
Sometimes I get fixated a decision and become paralyzed by it. The last few days that decision has been whether or not to buy a Kindle. It’s not the cost (they really are affordable) but the issue of giving up physical books.
I love reading. As far back as I can remember it has been my favorite way of entertaining myself. I’m not always easy to entertain and have never really liked TV or movies. Books, however, keep me completely rapt for hours at a time.
When I think back to many of my favorite memories they involved reading (usually in some beautiful or peaceful location). When I picture life in Paris I imagine reading along the Seine, in cafes, in Luxembourg Gardens. In all of my memories and daydreams I am holding a book. Not a piece of technology.
I’ve never really been a luddite but find myself having those tendencies with the whole kindle/nook trend.
That said, my options are limited with our upcoming move. If I am committed to books, either I find an English bookstore in Paris and spend a large portion of my weekly budget there or I pack so many books that we need to leave the Vitamix and Nespresso at home (and shoes, for that matter). I can imagine that I won’t have the engergy physically to spend my time at first tracking down affordable books all around town.
This week I’ve been struck by the realization that I need to bite the bullet and get a Kindle.
So, that’s it. No real point to this post except that I have been unneseccaryily obsessed with this decision.
My guess is that it stems my from uncertainly about our loft, our Paris apartment, my health, packing, work, money, etc. It’s likely easier just to worry about something minor than admit all the major aspects of the move that are unknown.
Do you have a Kindle? Do you find it as comforting and good old-fashioned books?