Recently a blogger I know wrote about kindles and how she would never have EVER one. Her arguments ranged from they didn’t smell or feel like books and they couldn’t be shared in the way physical books can. She had quite a few people agree with her post and write nostalgically and sentimentally about books they had loved.
Obviously I completely adore real, physical books.
Over the last 3 years I have written several hundred book reviews on here and each one has enriched my life in some way or other. I love to read book I sin the bath, curled up in bed. I love looking at book covers and wondering about what lies beneath.
My son squirrels books under his bed, some have got a bit of jam or chocolate smeared in them and the occasional scribble but I think that is rather cute, it shows they have been enjoyed. You can’t have a lift the flap Kindle book can you or a GIGANTIC book on Kindle or a magnet book.
For myself I love the fact that some of my books were read by my Grandma and she turned their pages, or that my Grandad inscribed the inside front cover. I love that some have bits of sand in or smell of sunscreen and that some have been passed from my childhood to my children.
But I love e readers too
I love them because you can carry lots of books about with you without breaking your back or your bag! I love that you can download a book in an instant rather than waiting for the post or the shops to open. I love you can access blogs and ebooks. I also love that you can slide an e reader in your handbag forget about it and then whenever you have a moment to spare you have something to hand to read for you or your kids. That’s fabulous.
The Kindle Fire from Argos brings an even more technologically advanced way to read bringing colour, interactivity, sound effects and animation in your books. You can also get films, web email and apps. It is a pretty awesome device.
For kids this simple devicee can provide lots and lots of entertainment in just one item which is great (though will they be keener to play games than read?)
I also think it is importnat for children to understand technology young…it is going to be a huge part of their future. It is also a greener option to own an e reader and to prevent more and more books being made and more paper being needed. So yes I am all for e readers and kids having them.
But, I do love books.
There has to be a least a few special books that don’t get bought on a e reader but that get to be handled and truly adored. There will always be a space and a place for real books.