Friday, 31 August 2012

Kindle guilt

I think today I crossed over to the dark side. I was getting the train to work and I picked up the book I’m currently reading. It’s a massive, hardback beast of a book and it wouldn’t even fit in the bag I took today. And then the bad thought popped into my head. Maybe I should just get it on Kindle instead…

I have a Kindle, I really like it. However, I tend to only use for reading the classics that you can get free (and occasionally some legally-dubious ones that my father-in-law got off a colleague, but let’s not mention them!). For all my other reading needs I go to the library. I’ve spoken about my reasons for this before – no space for books, I don’t reread them, saves money, blah blah - I like my library.

I’ve never swapped an actual book for the electronic version of the same book before. It feels like the first step on a slippery slope which ends with my wrists becoming too weak to hold up normal books and me forgetting how to turn actual pages.

P.S. The book is IQ84 vols 1 & 2 by Haruki Murakami. Zoe recommended another of his books to me and I enjoyed it so much I went straight onto this one without realising the epic proportions!


  1. You're commuting to Edinburgh every day and you haven't yet started buying everything on Kindle! Wow I'm impressed. I don't think you need to have any guilt. My parent's library offers electronic books on loan - something to look into?

  2. Edinburgh libraries loan e-books too but apparently they don't work on Kindle?? WTF?
    I usually drive which is why I haven't started buying things, and I hardly ever buy books so I don't want e-books to cost me lots!

  3. I think that book is big enough to warrant being put on a kindle. I think they are made for free books and for big books that are too huge to carry around.


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