One of the downsides about where I currently live is the lack of storage space. I’ve utilised every bit of space above, underneath and within each piece of furniture; I’ve got boots crammed down the side of the bed and clothes piled in front of the wardrobe. The worst thing though is that I have no room for new books. The bookcase is fit to burst with old favourites that I can’t bear to store with my other crap in my parents’ loft until I can afford somewhere bigger, as well as my slight obsession with recipe books which I have to say is starting to get out of control. So this year for my birthday I was so so excited to get an Amazon Kindle!
|Me and my mum with our Kindles for our birthday|
It’s amazing though that something that positively encourages people to read by getting them excited through technology seems to be a bit of a sore point with many of my friends and peers. “But I love real books!” they cry. Well yeah, so do I! I also love real CDs but I still have an iPod! Here’s why getting an e-reader is a good idea:
- It’s so much lighter than loads of books. Ever tried ramming Catch 22 into your clutch bag for some ‘light’ reading on the tube? It’s not easy!
- Saves on storage space (as noted above).
- You can download a sample of any book for free, so you don’t waste your money. A way of testing out a book without getting dirty looks from the staff in Waterstones.
- You can get some amazing bargains. Many of the classics are free or really cheap. I got the complete chronicles of Sherlock Holmes for 89p!
A Kindle doesn’t mean you don’t enjoy reading or appreciate books – on the contrary! It means that you want to read so many books you can’t feasibly store them anymore!
What do you think about Kindles? Book-killer or book-saver?