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A shocking and surprising revelation! Ooh! Aah!

I have a confession to make. It’s going to shock and awe you, so prepare yourselves. Probably take a seat? Get yourselves a cool beverage? Take some deep breaths?

Are you all prepared? Jeez, I hope so.

I have fallen madly in love with e-reading.

I KNOW. I totally fought it, you guys. Kicking and screaming. I was all YOU WILL TEAR MY PAPER BOOKS FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS. A couple of years ago, I found out that I was going to get a Kindle for Christmas, but when my dad found out, he told my brother’s girlfriend “OMG DO NOT GIVE HER THAT SHE WILL PITCH SUCH A CHRISTMAS FIT!!!” so she exchanged it for something else and I don’t even remember what right now. When I talked to her about it a couple of days later, she said she still had it; did I want it? (She’s very generous, no joke.) And I thought about it, but decided against it. I didn’t think I would use it. And it seemed like a very expensive thing to take that I wasn’t going to use. (I wouldn’t have pitched a Christmas fit, though. I’m very gracious about receiving presents I won’t use. I put on a very nice face and am all, “Oh! Wow! SO NICE! And thoughtful!” and such and the person doesn’t even know I’m planning where in my closet I will stash the thing.)

I don't ever even make this face. This face is a dead giveaway.

I don’t ever even make this face. This face is a dead giveaway.

Oh, SIDE NOTE, and speaking of Dad, I spoke to him this evening, and he was VERY UPSET ABOUT SOME THINGS. First, Mom was making him go to this three-day church thing where you go listen to these friars talk about…I don’t know, being friars, I guess (Dad says that none of their last names are Tuck, and they don’t wear brown robes with rope belts, so I think this friar thing is really overrated) and that means he’s going to miss Survivor. MISS! SURVIVOR! Can you even imagine? Who will yell at Jeff Probst if Dad is listening to the friars talk about being friar-y? And THEN he told me that Mom has a COLD and he has to SIT next to her at church and WHAT IF HE CATCHES THAT COLD? He is an old MAN, you know! THIS COULD BE IT! He might be ONE COLD AWAY FROM DEATH! And, guess what else, GUESS WHAT ELSE! There was some ice he slipped on the other day and he fell, and now he is QUITE SURE he has BONE FRAGMENTS from his BACK in his BLOODSTREAM that are WORKING THEIR WAY to his HEART, because that’s what happens, Amy. THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS. So as you can all see by this very lengthy side note, Dad is totally on the way out, and he won’t even get to watch Survivor as his last request. IT IS ALL VERY SAD.

Dad has become convinced his dimples are surgically implanted. He calls him "Fake Dimples" Probst.

Dad has become convinced his dimples are surgically implanted. He calls him “Fake Dimples” Probst.

OK, let’s get this train back on the tracks. Choo-choo!

So I fought the relentless wave of literary technology. I got my books from the library; once and a while, I’d buy one. This worked out just fine, mostly because I was poor and library books are free, you guys.

However, I was lucky as hell to get an amazing job in December, and along with this amazing job that I actually enjoy going to on a daily basis comes an added bonus – a real paycheck. A paycheck that covers the bills AND leaves money for additional things like new phones and Netflix and such. And I kind of wanted a tablet. And I thought, well, I could get a Kindle. That’s a tablet AND an e-reader. It’s the future. I really should get with the future. EVERYONE is in the future. Every single person. Except me.

I have a terrible sense of direction. I'm sure I missed the exit and accidentally got off in Parsippany.

I have a terrible sense of direction. I’m sure I missed the exit and accidentally got off in Parsippany.

And I thought of all the sad tree-books that were not getting read and all the publishing houses that were losing money and possibly going out of business and it totally made me sad-face like I was probably betraying all those books that got me through all the hardest times of my life. But it is the FUTURE. The future! Who am I to deny the future, really?

Then I got my Kindle in the mail. And it was – oh, my. It was so pretty. SO PRETTY. And I got a snappy orange case and it was very easy to set up and install all of the apps onto and it hooked up easily to the wireless in my house (whew, thank goodness I got wireless for the laptop last year, I’m using the wireless for SO MANY THINGS right now) and then it was time for books.

So I took books I had on my laptop Kindle app, which I barely used and it annoyed me the most because I hate reading books on the computer screen, and moved ’em on over. Then I had some books gifted to me from a wonderful friend. So I had a LOT of books on the Kindle.

One was a Stephen King/Joe Hill short story I hadn’t read yet. “I’m not really CHEATING on paper books if I read this one short STORY,” I thought.

How can I resist a new King/Hill story? HOW, I ask you?

How can I resist a new King/Hill story? HOW, I ask you?

So I brought the pretty new Kindle to bed with me.

That’s where the trouble starts, you guys. The bedroom. Every single time. It’s what your momma warned you about.

THE KINDLE WAS SO PRETTY. And so easy to use. And the pages were so bright and crisp and easy to see. And you can just pop on over to the next page with a simple swoop! and then there you are. And you can hold it in one hand. And you can totally snuggle under the covers easier with it. And and and…

Oh, you guys. I totally dig the Kindle.

So, so much.

Also, it’s a lot easier to read it in the light booth at the theater than attempting to keep your place and prop up a book on the sound board while you’re trying to keep your place in the script and run the cues. And you can highlight passages you like and you can bookmark where you are. (Highlighting is a problem in library books. I’m the jerk who makes little light pencil marks and puts in a billion bookmarks so I can write down the passages I liked when I’m done reading. Then I erase them, I’m not a total asshole. In library books. When I OWN the book, I write all OVER that sucker.)

I promise I don't do this. PROMISE.

I promise I don’t do this. PROMISE.

So, I take it back. I take back all my hatred of e-readers. I take it all back. You were right, all you people that exhorted me to please, please, PLEASE get off my ass and get an e-reader, already. I LOVE IT.

Also, one-click ordering might be my downfall. And the Kindle – which is actually a Kindle Fire HD – displays graphic novels GORGEOUSLY. So did I actually buy all of Joe Hill’s Locke and Key graphic novels tonight and spend an exorbitant amount of money on them because I wanted to own them all? Yes. Yes, I did. SO PRETTY.

"Locke and Key" is GORGEOUS. Also beautifully-written. If you're not reading, I highly recommend it.

“Locke and Key” is GORGEOUS. Also beautifully-written. If you’re not reading, I highly recommend it.

Do I still have (and read) paper books? Yep. I have a pile and a half from the library I’m working my way through. And some that I own. All the paper books. I don’t HATE them. I’m reading one right now, actually. I’ll never stop loving my paper books. They make up most of my decorating scheme, anyway. What would I do if I got rid of them? The place would be SO EMPTY. Dumbcat would be SO CONFUSED.

I owe you an apology, e-readers of the world. I’m sorry I was so yelly about you. You are actually the most awesome. I don’t know that you will be the downfall of paper books – I’m assuming you will not, I think there will always be a market for paper books – but I’m completely and totally head-over-heels for you, and I keep downloading more and more books and just looking, lustfully, at your gorgeous homescreen with ALL THE PRETTY BOOKS like JEWELS.

This isn't mine, but so, so pretty, right? I look at mine ALL THE TIME. And sigh. Happily. It's like a LIBRARY you can keep in your PURSE.

This isn’t mine, but so, so pretty, right? I look at mine ALL THE TIME. And sigh. Happily. It’s like a LIBRARY you can keep in your PURSE.

Yet again, you roped me in with your awesomeness, technology. Someday I will learn not to doubt you. Maybe. Probably.

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48 responses to “A shocking and surprising revelation! Ooh! Aah!

  • Words for Worms

    I wrote a love letter to my kindle once. I can have all the books I want and don’t need to STORE THEM. My new paperwhite is backlit and OMG I LOOOOVE the look of the e-ink so much! I had an older kindle that I used with a book light, but I chewed through batteries on that sucker like nobody’s business. I love my kindle, and I don’t care who knows it! Welcome to the dark side, Amy. Welcome. Muahahahahaha (that was my evil laugh, so, you know, picture me petting a cat or something. But not a cat. I’m allergic.)

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  • handflapper

    Yep. We all succumb, sooner or later. I haven’t done a lot of reading on the iPad, but it’s pretty cool. I was running out of places to stash paper books, anyway.

    PS I need the titles of some good books. I’m fixing to be out of reading material.

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    • lucysfootball

      I am so out of places to put my books. There are books stacked on my books on top of books, then to the SIDE of books. I’m like a book hoarder.

      Are you on Goodreads? If you check out my profile there, you can see what I’ve been reading (I don’t review them there, someday I’ll find the time, but I do rate them with stars, so you can see how much I liked them) and I’ve been reading some excellent books. (The link to my Goodreads is in the FAQ on here, I think, and also on the sidebar.) Plus if you’re on there, you can see what all your friends are reading – that’s the best way for me to find good new reading material, because my friends and I have really similar taste. Which is why I like ’em in the first place, I think!

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    • handflapper

      I AM on Goodreads! Jim invited me ages ago and I signed up, but I’ve never fully investigated it. Going there now!

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  • greengeekgirl

    I went through the exact same metamorphosis that you did. “E-READERS? BLEH! PAPER FOREVARRRR BITCHES.” Then I talked myself into getting a Kindle. For reviewing purposes. And then I was like ZOMG THIS IS THE BEST FUCKING THING EVER. Mine’s not all flashy and pretty like yours, but I like the e-ink, even if I can’t have graphic novels (sadface). Plus, I’m doing this thing where I try to give myself at least an hour of screen downtime at night, because using a backlit screen for more than two hours is supposed to disrupt your melatonin when you go to sleep? and I sleep all shitty, so I figured it’s worth a go? So I can take my no-light Kindle to bed and read cos there is no light to disrupt my melatonin.

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    • sj

      I switch to this buttery yellow on dark brown screen when I’m reading in bed and it is NOT BRIGHT and I have no problem falling asleep while reading. :)

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    • lucysfootball

      I read that melatonin thing. And it is probably the reason my sleep is all askew all the time, but I cannot get away from the shiny screens. I AM AN ADDICT!

      My friend has a regular Kindle, and I looked at it the other day and said, “WHY IS IT SO DARK?!?!” and he laughed and said, “It’s not backlit, Amy. Not all of them are.” I really had no idea what people were talking about when they said backlit. I might be in the future, but I’m still confused by it.

      It really is the best. Plus when I start requesting books to review again (once I get through the million, give or take a million or so, I already have to review) it’ll be so much easier for publishers to just send me the e-pubs rather than the paper books! This is a total win!

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      • greengeekgirl

        It is easy! Except that some don’t want to send them, haha. I guess they think that we have some kind of secrit ebook sharing ring designed to undermine their profitability. Cos we do that, we sneaky book bloggers.

        For me, I also have to be sure to specify that I want a MOBI file or risk getting pdfs (HATE PDFs on my Kindle Touch), but you are lucky with your Kindle–you can probably get apps to read any kind of ebook. But I like the dark screen. It’s almost like reading paper, if paper had nifty things like search functions and notes and highlights.

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        • lucysfootball

          Wait, I’m NOT supposed to send the ebooks to EVERYONE EVERYONE IN THE WOOOOOORLD? Sheesh, I’m glad you told me.

          I can read PDFs, but they don’t show up on my main screen so I forget they’re there and that annoys me. I like the proper files so much better. And I’m so trying the darker screen this weekend!

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  • sj

    Yay! You and Heather D both got ereaders this year and I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER.

    Plus, make sure you check out openlibrary.org for OLDER PDFs that you can check out. It’s fantastic.

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    • lucysfootball

      I’m going to openlibrary as soon as I finish my paper books that I have! And NetGalley! SO MANY THINGS TO READ!!!

      It really has gotten me to read more, too. It’s made books more accessible in places I haven’t always had the access to them, and it’s so small. I really am so in love. And you have been SO HELPFUL with it. Seriously, without you, this whole process would have been super-painful. THANK YOU!!!

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  • David Jón Fuller

    As someone who refused to get a CD player until 1998 (loved my cassettes and vinyl) or even an iPod until 2009 (because the CDs still seemed kinda “new-ish”), I was in the same boat with books. And I’m all about the library, because buying all the books puts me in the poor house. Plus I like having the physical thing on my shelf. The first room in any home I have moved into is the one that will be my library.
    And yet: My wife, who reads far more than I do, had already jumped on board to e-reading with her Kobo. Las November I did the same and I second all the ZOMGs above. Books! Magazines! Newspapers! Goofy little awards for reading I was already in the habit of doing! Plus… tons of books available online that will never make it to a bookstore or library near me.
    I’m SOLD.
    I still take tons of books out from the library, and I occasionally buy them in stores… but the convenience of stocking up for a trip, vacation, or commute and not having a backpack full of hardcovers to lug around: genius.

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    • greengeekgirl

      The best thing ever for me was discovering that our library has a DIGITAL LENDING LIBRARY. The heavens opened up. Angels sang.

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      • lucysfootball

        OMG YES. I just discovered that, too! It’s very new, and only the newest books are available, but it’s up-and-coming and I love it! I’m making a list of the books that I want that are available that way so I can get them when I’m ready for them!

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  • Charleen

    I have an ereader, which I use occasionally. When I was working at Borders I really liked the Kobo, so when they were going out of business I got one for super cheap.

    I still don’t like the idea of BUYING ebooks, just because they seem a bit pricey for what they are (how can a digital file cost more than a mass market paperback?), and all the controversy about what happens when the technology becomes obsolete, and do you actually OWN it, and you can’t donate or loan or do any of the things you can do with paper books after you’ve read them… so, if I’m spending my money on a book, it’s going to be a paper one.

    BUT, I have no qualms whatsoever about USING the ereader. I will buy the short stories/novellas for $1 that my favorite authors seem to put out before each book now (because I guess, in my mind, $1 isn’t real money). And though they don’t have the greatest selection, I do occasionally get ebooks through the library. And I recently signed up on NetGalley.

    So, I still read mostly paper books just because of availability. But, as long as I can do it for free (or very cheap), which is how I do ALL my reading… ereaders are just fine with me. Yay, future!

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    • lucysfootball

      I buy ebooks when they’re cheap, too, or for full price if I really love the author and want him/her to keep writing forever and also to be able to quit his/her day job. That’s my rationale. Otherwise, I get the book from the library. And I’m totally signing up for NetGalley once I have read all the paper books that are looking at me all sadly waiting to be read!

      I LOVE THE FUTURE!!!

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  • The Waiting

    I don’t even have a newfangled Kindle Fire. I just have whatever Kindle was new 4 years ago and it is still so wonderful. Good riddance, paper books. I like trees and I feel like such a hippy when I’m reading on my Kindle.

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    • lucysfootball

      I love that it’s still going strong after 4 years. That’s a really good sign! I hope mine lasts that long!

      I still love my paper books – but oh, this Kindle. It’s really kind of the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Oh, me too, ME TOO! I just got my own new (used) Kindle in the mail a week or so ago and after a brief panicky moment of “Hey why isn’t it turning on, did I just waste $60 and now I have to send it back and look for a new one and wait aNOTHER week for it to arrive…” I realized I just had to charge it for a bit and it turned on.

    And now I have that magic immediate access to ALL THE BOOKS, and I can keep them ALL in my purse instead of just one at a time (and that one of course has to be a small book that won’t make my purse all bulgey and heavy, and then what if I feel like switching to a different book for a while? Huh??).

    AND the other day I was going free-download crazy with all the public domain Andrew Lang Color Fairy books, and I can carry them ALL with me wherever I want.

    Now, that said, there are still some books I’d rather read in physical paper format. Books I read years ago, with a particular cover that I liked, and they had that just-slightly-musty scent and those just-slightly-yellowed pages, and they bring back memories of spending hours in the library… I recently downloaded one of these books, and it just doesn’t feel the same, and I’m kind of considering just Amazon-ing the original paperback.

    So, in conclusion, ZOMG I LOVE MY KINDLE TOO!!!

    P.S. Those are some serious dimples. It’s like someone carved those dimples on his face.

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    • lucysfootball

      sj downloaded the Color Fairy books, too! I have to get over to the public domain site. I have to work through my library books first, though, before I can read all the Kindle things, since the library books have an expiration date that is fast approaching and I’ve renewed them so many times it’s like they live here now.

      I don’t know that I’ll ever get rid of my books – I love them so much. They remind me of where I was when I read them, who I was, when I bought them, and they’re just so beautiful. But the Kindle – what an awesome reading experience!

      I know, those dimples are insane! I don’t remember them being that…dimply. Maybe Dad is right?

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  • Nerija S.

    I think my first comment got lost.

    Take 2: OMG I just got a Kindle, too! It’s used, but it’s amaaaaziiiing and I can get books in a second (which will probably be my downfall, too) and I can take ALL OF THEM with me in my purse or bag instead of just one or two little tomes at a time, and if I feel like switching to a different book for a while, I can do that!

    Of course, there are still books I’d rather read in physical paper form. Books I first read years ago, with a certain specific cover I liked, and that certain just-slightly-musty scent and those just-slightly-yellowed pages, and the memory of hours spent in the library, wishing I could check out ALL THE SWEET VALLEY uh I mean all the Newberry honors… I downloaded one of my old favorites the other day, and it just didn’t feel the same in e-format.

    So in conclusion, ZOMG I LOVE MY KINDLE!!! :-D

    P.S. My, those are some serious dimples! It’s like someone carved those dimples on his face!

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  • Krysty

    Welcome to the dark side! I adore my Kindle. It’s the old version that doesn’t have a touch screen and has tiny buttons for a keyboard. I’ve been able to read more books since getting the Kindle, because it’s so easy to buy e-books straight from Amazon (my wallet is crying).

    Also: Locke and Key! The reason I got a tablet (a separate one) was because I couldn’t read comic books and graphic novels on my Kindle. I’ve gone through almost every Alan Moore novel now, I think, thanks to technology. Just waiting for my hover board now!

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  • Andreas Heinakroon

    Sorry I missed commenting on your post yesterday, but I was busy hackathoning all night (not really all night, went home around midnight).

    You know my stand on e-books. I haven’t bought a paper book for years (except yours, of course). If anything, e-reader are too primitive. Why do we need a screen? I wear glasses – that’s two nice screens right there. Or why bother with photons at all? When are we going to start inducing images right into the visual cortex? Or why not bypass visual all together and just stream the words to our language centre directly.

    *looks around and sighs* It’s like living in the dark ages…

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    • lucysfootball

      Get to working on those things, Andreas, you’re the Science Fellow, after all!

      I love my e-books. You were totally one of the ones being all, “AMY COME ON IT IS THE FUTURE GET WITH IT, WOMAN.” (Well, only much nicer than that. And less all-capsy. You never scream at me in email like I scream at you. And you never get MAD at me for screaming at you, which is why you’re groovy, daddy-o.)

      Sorry I took so long to pay attention to you, as always. Someday I’ll listen to you more quickly, and that will be for the best. About all things.

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  • Samantha

    YAY! So glad you love your Kindle, e-readers are just pretty amazing overall.

    My iPad has green screen (it looks like it has the flu) and since it is the first generation iPad and Apple won’t update it anymore, and who knows if they’ll even fix the screen anyways (*grump grump*) I might invest in a Kindle Paperwhite. I think it will be the perfect all-around solution…lit screen so I don’t have to turn off the lamp at night, but not so lit that I keep up Boyfriend. Plus small and portable but big enough to be paperback size rather than iPhone screen size. :D

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  • Kris

    Well, call me a curmudgeon, I guess – I still prefer dead-tree books. I like the way they feel in my hand, I like the smell of them, I like the pretty covers, and the pretty spines all lined up on my shelves! That being said, I do own an iPad, and DO read some books on it – mostly ones I don’t want to own. Our library does lots of e-books, and for someone like me, with limited mobility, the ability to “go to the library and check out a book” from the comfort of my own chair is REALLY nice! And I do like the ability to highlight and take notes, and also the on-screen dictionary. (True story – after finishing an e-book, I started reading a printed book and came across an unfamiliar word and tapped on it. And couldn’t figure out why the dictionary was broken! ;-) So, I’m not in the “ZOMG! ereaders are the BEST” camp, but I don’t hate them. And I’m totally glad you like yours!

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    • lucysfootball

      I just discovered the dictionary function the other day. It is fantastic! And I haven’t used the library’s e-book program yet, but plan to use it as soon as I run out of reading material! I like both e- and tree-books equally. I just don’t have the storage for more tree books at the moment, and I can’t move to a new place just for more bookshelves. The Kindle is a much easier storage facility!

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