Kindle Love. . . Michelle Rowen

I didn’t want to love it. But I do.

I’ve had my Kindle for a few months now and it’s kind of awesome. I resisted getting an e-reader for a while. I’d tried a couple out before but wasn’t all that impressed. Then the Kindle went on sale and I…just…couldn’t…resist. Ever since I got it, I’ve been reading more. Way more. I like the way the type is always the same. I’m finding that mass market paperbacks sometimes have really tiny type these days and it strains my eyes to read it (yeah, I’m getting old). On the Kindle, however, it can always be the same size. If the book is a thousand pages long and hurts your hands while you’re trying to prop it up to read — on the Kindle the weight is consistent from book to book, from Harlequin Presents to Harry Potter.

I read approximately a book a week. According to my TBR shelf I have enough books to last me the next twenty years. I live in a small condo and the books were just starting to pile up in a way that was making me seriously twitchy. I always felt like books were to be kept. Shelved. Cherished. Caressed (uh, but maybe that’s just me). Well, some are. But some I know I’ll never read again and let’s face it, they take up a lot of space after a while.

Kindle? No space at all.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love reading books the traditional way. I like being able to quickly flip to a favorite scene (something I have yet to figure out on the Kindle). I don’t see myself or the publishing industry ever going completely paper free. For must-buy hardcovers and other favorites, I will still buy them in paper. But mass markets? I’m thinking I’m going to Kindle them. If I decide they’re then a keeper, I will buy a back up paper copy to go prettily on my shelf.

Also a fabulous perk of this e-reader (and all of the online bookstore e-readers, ie: Barnes & Noble’s Nook and Borders’s and Indigo/Chapters’s Kobo) is the availability of free titles. I was introduced to Karen Marie Moning fairly recently by getting Darkfever as a free Kindle download. Now I’ve got the Fever! And I just downloaded Outlander by Diana Gabaldon the other day. That’s a book I’ve been meaning to read for YEARS, but it just seemed so…well, LONG. Now it’s safely tucked away on my Kindle and I will read it soon. Well, probably.

I know a lot of people are not interested in an e-reader because of the initial cost. But when you think about it — a bookshelf costs money too. Same basic concept. It’s a place to keep your books.

So that’s me these days — living in a world where e-books and paper books live happily side by side. Just not necessarily on the same shelf.

I’m giving away a signed copy of my latest release, SOMETHING WICKED, the second book in my Living in Eden paranormal romance series to a commenter. So please tell me this:

QUESTION: Do you have an e-reader? Which one? How do you like it?

Happy reading!

Michelle

www.michellerowen.com

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