RB: Big – HUGE – Con of the Kindle

I love my kindle. I also love real books. Love their smell, especially if they are from the library. Love the feel of them in my  hands. Love how I can easily be transported into the story world. But I’ve purchased more ebooks this year than real books. Borrowed more ebooks from the library than real books. There hasn’t been anything bad I could say about my Kindle.

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I totally agree with this lucasridley.com. My Kindle is worth ten, rainbow fire power unicorns!

 

…Until now.

I was deep into a wonderful, can’t-get-enough-of, ignoring-Husband-worthy novel. It was the end of the chapter. A totally aaawww inspiring moment and I couldn’t wait to read what was next.

Swipe. So exciting! How many more chapters can I get through before Husband sends me another dirty look and I absolutely have to put my Kindle down? 

Swipe. Hey, why hasn’t the page turned yet.

Swipe . . . Swipe Am I not pressing hard enough? 

SWIPE. Maybe the battery is low.

SWIPE! Nope. The battery is half-full.

*gasp*

SWIPE! Oh, no. It couldn’t possibly be. 

SWIPE! SWIPE! Please, dear God, I will do anything. ANYTHING.

SWIPE! SWIPE! SWIPE!

*throw Kindle down on the couch* Stupid, frickin’ thing. If I was reading a real book, I would’ve realized the end was coming and have been prepared. 

*push Kindle across couch cushion with flick of my hand* I’m never reading another book on there again. 

. . .

*pick up Kindle, check for damages, hug it to my chest, open the cover, click the shopping basket icon* I wonder when I can download the next book in the series? 

 

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23 thoughts on “RB: Big – HUGE – Con of the Kindle

  1. Reblogged this on The Hermit and commented:
    I always have to pay a lot of attention to how long a book is before I buy an ebook. With a real book it is pretty easy to see what you are getting into. With an ebook if you don’t look before hand all you have is this percentage read indication… and how fast that seems to be taken up with each page. If there is junk at the end, you can be done that thing in a few hours.

  2. I always watch the percentage at the bottom, but one time I was reading a book that I didn’t realize had a massive study guide at the end. I was not a happy camper when I came to the end at around the 70% mark!

    • Some of the ebooks I read have a percentage read at the bottom of the page. So, I normally keep an eye on that. The latest book I read didn’t. And you’re right it wasn’t cool.

      -RB

  3. Strange difference between kindle and tree books. I treat the tree ones with great care to keep them close to new. Kindle books i treat as completely disposable. I happily use the highlight feature and everything.

    • I’ve never highlighted tree books either. And even though it’s not permanent on my Kindle I still have the same reaction: *gasp* I can’t write in my book, that’s like swearing in church. Completely possible, but I’ll probably go to hell if I do it.

      -RB

  4. I get this weird feeling when I read on my Kindle. It’s like I’m cheating on my TBR bookcase (yes, I said bookcase, not bookshelf). Like the books are calling my name and the Kindle is luring me back in. Love my Kindle. But sometimes wonder if I should have bought a Paperwhite instead. Have a Kindle Fire HDX.
    Great post!

    • I had a Kindle Fire first and my eyes would start to hurt when I read on it. I bought a Paperwhite about a year ago and love it. No eye strain and I can read by the pool.

      -RB

  5. Great post on a debate I often have with my friends! I’m a mix of ebooks, purchased books and library. I’ve gone through 2 Kobos and am now using the Kindle and Kobo apps on mini iPad 🙂

  6. I can relate…I have thought my Kindle was the greatest thing since sliced cheese since I received my first one in 2009. The angels sang, the sun was brighter, the moon was bigger, the stars were more twinkly all because of my Kindle. 🙂

  7. Ha – yes! I hate it when the end pops up unexpectedly on the Kindle, I always wish I would have savored those last few pages a little longer.

    • Yes! Read more slowly. Gone into a room by myself to fully immense into the storyworld one last time. Poured myself a huge glass of wine. So many things I could’ve done to make the ending as best as it could be. Sigh. Stupid Kindle.

      😉 Thanks for stopping by.

      -RB

  8. Such a great book and reading it on a kindle (I cannot have one) it is like always being at the end. And as you explained when you are at the end you wish you was half way still.

    I am crap at reading. but some weight of paper the smell of dust is just irreplaceable.
    A book you can share, give away so it can maybe get appreciation from someone else.
    The digital one just gets deleted. gosh i am so nostalgic for someone who reads 3 pages a day. 😛

    • I don’t think we will ever truly get away from creating “real” books. At least not in my lifetime. There is something so magical about holding pages filled with words in your hands.

      -RB

  9. I also love to read regular books but I always take the dust cover off hardbacks– its a OCD thing for me. I liked your post especially the part about i gnoring the hubby— lol

    dont forget you can download the Kindle app to your phone for free. I read all of my books on my phone as I grew tired of trying to keep both charged. Good Luck

    • Ha, I take the covers off of my hardcovers before I start reading it, too. I actually prefer paperbacks to hardcovers, but when a new book comes out I’m too impatient to wait the year for the paperback release.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      -RB

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