Matthew Hinton

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A Bibliophile Learns to Love Ebooks

I have been a book lover since the third grade when I read my first sizable book. I remember it was a novelization of Disney’s “The Fox and the Hound” and it was a whopping two hundred pages long. I remember being proud to have read such a long book. Then in middle school I read “The Hobbit” and discovered Fantasy and Science Fiction. I became a voracious reader of the those genres. For much of my life there was nothing I liked better than to have a book in my hand and spend my time reading. I loved to go to the bookstore and wander through the isles looking for my next book. I have accumulated so many books over the years I was starting to drown in them. So after some thought I made the decision to get a Kindle and migrate some of my reading to it.

This has worked well for me over the past fifteen months. I think I have even saved money because there are a lot of sales on ebooks and I have read a bunch of self published authors whose books are usually only a couple of dollars at most. I have enjoyed the large selection and for the most part the reasonable pricing of Amazon’s ebooks.

Over the past year aside from buying a few books from my favorite authors in hardcover most of what I have bought have been ebooks on my Kindle. This trend accelerated once the Borders Books chain shutdown. Borders was my favorite bookstore and I was truly saddened to see them go out of business. Now that my primary bookstore is Amazon I either buy an ebook or I throw the book in my wish list as a way to keep track of it for possible purchase at a later time.

Unfortunately as my buying habits become common across the public it means the end of physical books. Even though I still buy some physical books the economics are against that publishing model. I fear that my kids will have a totally different reading experience than I have.

Kindle Love

I got a Amazon Kindle ebook reader for Christmas last year and I have come to love it. I love to read and I have been buying books since I was fourteen years old. I think a printed book is just about perfect. However I am starting drown under the mountain of books I have. When Amazon announced the Kindle 3 with it’s much better eink screen I started considering a new way to consume books.

I put authors on two levels those whose books I buy immediately and I will always treasure and those who I enjoy but probably won’t read again. I decided in order to not be buried under books I could use a Kindle for reading books I don’t have to have in print. This has worked very well for me so far. The Kindle version of a book is usually discounted at least a dollar or two and it is very convenient to get a book delivered to the Kindle as soon as I decide to buy it.

A few other nice perks of using the Kindle are sending articles from the web to the Kindle to read. I found a Google Chrome browser plugin Send to Kindle that does just that. You can also setup the website Instapaper to send a digest of web pages you have saved to your Kindle each week. These features make the Kindle a device I have quickly come to love almost as much as an Apple product.

I am stilling buying physical books from my favorite authors and I will continue to do so as long as it is feasible. I also buy physical copies of computer books because I like to use them as reference material. All in all I am enjoying the Kindle even more than I thought I would.

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