At first blush, Amazon’s Kindle is ideal for someone in my situation. As a nursing mother of a tiny infant, I’ve got plenty of time to read, but the logistics of holding a book while holding Bean are posing quite a challenge. I can’t always get the perfect reading angle, and if I drop my book, I’m sure to lose my place. Furthermore, I’m re-reading lots of books on parenting (latest add: The Vaccine Book from the Sears Parenting Library). I don’t always have the book I want right next to me, and if John’s not around I might not be able to get it for ours.
Kindle would let me have all my parenting books right at my fingertips, as well as an assortment of fiction books and even the New York Times. It would be easy to hold, and as longs as it lands on the carpet dropping it isn’t going to be a problem. I could read it in the dark so as not to wake up Bean. I could bookmark the sections of my parenting books that I keep on referring to. It’s like my dream device…
…except I don’t want one.
Because I read so fast, I am in danger of consuming books, rather than reading and experiencing them. I need a certain amount of deliberation in order to keep reading special. Call it the tyranny of the TBR stack–too many books and I can’t relax enough to savor each one.
What do you think of Kindle?