Gail Gauthier: I Don’t Have A Problem With This, Myself, But I Can See Why Others Might
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June 13, 2012 at 07:23PM
I am really, really enjoying my Kindle, which I haven’t had for quite a month. I am not speaking ironically here. I am not being sarcastic. I sincerely love my Kindle.
Here is just the best, most wonderful thing about it: If you are a person (and I’m not saying I am) who gets hooked on historical mystery series, you can often get various titles on e-book for dirt cheap. Okay, sometimes around $4, recently I paid $9.99 for one, I’ve got my eye on one that’s around $6 something. Now, that’s more expensive than getting the books from the library, but you don’t have to go anywhere to get them. You don’t have to wait for them to come in through interlibrary loan, if your local library doesn’t have them. You don’t have to worry about the librarians getting all judgmental on you for reading this stuff.
You don’t have to go to the store. If you’re careful, you can get the books for less than paperbacks. You don’t have to pay shipping. You don’t have to get out of your chair. Hell! Ya don’t have to get outta bed! It’s incredible! These things are on your e-reader and ready to read in minutes. And, then, for all the people around you know, you’re reading Siddhartha, which you got for free, and not something that is so definitely not improving, which you paid for.
And, seriously, you didn’t read Siddhartha back when you were in college when everyone else was reading it. What are the chances that you’re going to read it now? But who knows that?
I have probably spent only between $20 and $25 on e-books so far, and I can stop whenever I want. But I can imagine this becoming a real problem for someone who isn’t on some kind of vision quest to achieve self-discipline the way I am.