Kindle or Book?

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Kindles: Love ’em or leave ’em?

I think we can all agree that we are book lovers here at Turning Pages. So, the question is, how do you get your fix? Do you prefer the texture of the pages under your fingerprints, the weight of the book in your hands, the smell of the paper in your nostrils as you open that library door? I love it. Do you fill your paper books with post-it notes, underlines, highlights? Do you love finding a grocery receipt or a train ticket stub or a business card in between the pages of a book? As your eyes scan across this artifact from your life, do you pause from reading to remember what you were doing — buying olives and pickles for the appetizer tray at Thanksgiving dinner, taking the train to the city for your cousin’s wedding, the wedding where the DJ said the wrong name as he introduced the bride and groom? You chuckle because it’s only funny after the fact. Those pages remember.

Or, would you rather slide that thin, light electronic device into your handbag, barely feeling its weight even though it contains, like, ten million words? Do you download library eBooks as though they were emails? You have to admit, it is pretty fantastic that library eBooks will literally return themselves when due. (NO MORE OVERDUE FINES!) Are you, like me, fascinated that an electronic device can take on the visual appearance of the printed page with no backlighting? Do you sometimes press the “page turn” button unnecessarily, just for the pleasure of watching those electronic-ink pixels scurry to rearrange themselves, like a marching band, what form will they take on next? I do.

What are you currently reading? Do you have an eReader? Is it on your holiday wish list?