Tuesday, January 5, 2010
To e, or not to e...that's my question
My friend Kay got a Kindle for Christmas this year. Kay is the person who taunted me with tales of Tivo for at least 2-3 years before I ever even understood what it really was. She got her iPhone a year before I did and gave me iPhone lust. I, in turn, convinced her to come over from the dark side and get a Mac. We laugh about being geeks with our love of these electronic tools in our life.
But Kindle???? I'm struggling with this one. I'm such a huge lover of books, I'm trying to figure out where my loyalties are. Mr. Sunflower has been on the periphery of paperless publishing for years and years, and I've not shared his enthusiasm for the concept. I feel crazy just reading off this computer screen for more than the time it takes me to do my business here each day. My favorite books (which I buy lots of) are those that have been in libraries or others' homes and have that well-loved feeling to them when I take them to bed at night. I am a child of Fahrenheit 451, and the daughter of a printer. I grew up around publishing...from melting the lead for the linotype machines to use to the huge presses that printed the final newspaper. I worked in the newspaper industry during the transition from hot type to cold. And now...plastic and an electronic screen???
Alas, the advantages are numerous, it would appear. I won't have to wait for books to arrive in the mail. It has a smaller carbon footprint, perhaps, because you're not using paper and the US mail service (although there are numbers I can't quote from memory about how much power it takes to keep all of us on line each day...this is no power-free ride) . I would no longer have to choose books instead of clothes when I pack for a trip. It might even keep me from being the woman found buried under her gazillion books one day.
BUT... can I cuddle up with a hunk of plastic each night?
Conflicted in Taos