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KindleFor years I resisted getting a Kindle. I couldn’t let go of print books.

Finally got one 4 months ago.

I thought I knew what to expect. I was surprised!

Here are my top surprises about owning a Kindle:

1) I can read while taking a bath! I figured I’d have to give up bath book reading with my Kindle.  Not so! I simply put my kindle in a large Ziploc bag, and then read it. Very easy to read. No danger from water. Even better: It’s easier to read a kindle while taking a bath than a regular book! Why? A regular book gets wet so much easier than a kindle in a Ziploc bag.

2) Easier to hold than a regular book. I thought it might be harder. Nope. Very pleasant to hold and press the button. Feels lighter than a regular book.

3) Easier to read at night while going to bed. I can lay on my side, lay still and read. To go to the next page, I simply press the button my finger is on. No need to turn pages.

4) So many free books available! Two million books from pre-1923 (whose copyright has expired) are available here. Kindle authors also regularly do promotions of their books, offering some books for free so readers get to see if they like their style. I’ve read a few sci-fi novels offered for free on Amazon.

5) So many cheap books available! Kindle regularly does promotions, temporarily offering books for just $1-$3. Bought Wayne Dyer’s book “10 Secrets to Inner Peace and Success” for $2.99 during a temporary promotion.  You can find out about the current promotions here.

6) I can read PDF files on a Kindle. Now I can read, at my convenience, all of those free PDFs sent out via email newsletters.

7) I can borrow kindle books from my local library.  I wanted to read the book “Quiet: The Power of Introvert in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.”.  My local library had a kindle version.  I went online to my library’s website, checked it out with my library card, and it was delivered to my Kindle. Very easy and fast.  When the rental period was due, it was automatically returned to the library (no late fees – yay).

8)  My biggest surprise took place just last Sunday.

I was visiting my local bookstore. It’s so enjoyable visiting my bookstore, browsing through books.  I’ve always seen print books as superior to any kind of digital book. After all, isn’t the real thing better than something digital?

However, as I was looking around my bookstore, and saw some interesting books, I noticed a startling shift in me. For the first time, I realized that I now view the print version of the book as less valuable than its digital version.


Because a print book takes up space.  I already have more than 700 print books. I can’t take them with me when I travel. It’s a burden to move them with me when I move across the country.  So, when I move, I’ll leave most of them behind me.

This means:

A printed book that I buy will likely only be read once as I’ll leave it behind me when I move/travel.

A digital book that I buy can be read as many times as I want to over the course of my life.

Hence, digital books have become more valuable to me.

What do you think?

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