Above all else, a Kindle is convenient. Easy to carry anywhere. Can have many, many books in one small unit which is extremely beneficial when going on vacation. Download a new book in seconds. No need to provide shelf space. Variable size print allows reading in different lights, sometimes even without glasses.
A Kindle lacks the feel of a print book. Clicking to turn a page just isn’t the same as turning paper. Too unwieldy to page ahead and see where a chapter ends. (Something I like to do.) Not easy to turn back to check a fact which is often necessary if the story involves dates or numerous, confusing characters. A list of previous books by the author comes only at the conclusion of the story. There is no dust cover with its art, author bio and picture, a few lines about the story. No cover to beckon invitingly from the coffee table or night stand. Can’t pass a good book along to a friend or sell it or donate it.
Bottom line: A Kindle wins for convenience, but it can’t replace books entirely, as far as I’m concerned.
© Dorothy C. Judd
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