Kindle strikes again.

I am an avid library patron. I try more often than not to read books with pages, patronize bookstores, and generally be a good little bibliophile. Books are important. Despite imagining myself fighting the good fight against a digital takeover of reading for myself and for my kids, I just – like 5 minutes ago- downloaded My Man Jeeves onto my Kindle for 0.99. I am not beyond a great deal.

I recently re-blogged posts (here and here) which illustrate the education I’ve been obtaining on Amazon’s book sales pricing and practices. There is definitely cause to pause and consider alternatives to Amazon when purchasing books. I’ve been more careful about taking those things into consideration. I even bought a Barnes and Noble membership which isn’t a complete waste because I buy almost all of our kids’ assigned literature books from Barnes and Noble to the tune of about 12 books a year.

Nevertheless, I own a Kindle. Kindle makes it very easy to download and store a boat load of books at reasonable prices, which makes it very easy to open it, shop, and click my way to a great read in a convenient and inexpensive format.  I often find good books there for free, such as a book I recently reviewed, Miss Maitland Private Secretary.

The downside is that is very easy to nickel and dime my way to spending too much on books when it would be easier to go to the library and check them out. Thankfully, my genuine love of the library creates a very low risk of that happening. When it comes to the value of local libraries, I am a true believer. As such, I rarely purchase a book to download on the Kindle more than once a month.

My Kindle library still isn’t as big as my physical library, but the ease with which I can amass books to read later means the Kindle library could rival the book shelf in the near future. Ease of use, an extensive list of titles and rock bottom prices makes it easier to buy books from Amazon.

I always buy our kids books with physical pages to turn, or check them out from the library because the last thing they need at this point is another screen, even if it’s for a good use such as reading good books. That also keeps me in libraries and books stores more often than I might be if we encouraged them to read digital books. However, I am not a paper book purist, nor even on an all out boycott of Amazon books. I do however, like to consider these things when I spend my money.

This bibliographic stream of consciousness brought to you courtesy of Kindle, My Man Jeeves, and the fact that I am a sucker for a 0.99 book, which together inspired these thoughts.

3 thoughts on “Kindle strikes again.

  1. stmichaelkozaki says:

    I am not a paper book purist, nor even on an all out boycott of Amazon books. I do however, like to consider these things when I spend my money.

    Enjoyed this post. I’m very curious how people view this issue. We replaced our entire library to Kindle…thousands of dollars (but most paid for by our state educational program over the last decade). I hate Amazon, but love it too ’cause I’m addicted.

    Books we can’t get on Kindle or digital (many technical work-related books) I’ve oft cut up and scanned to PDF and/or grudgingly kept with a constant eye to get rid of them. Our physical library is now down to a single bookshelf. Goal by 2030 is to be 100% digital.

    I currently have 10 library books checked out merely to decide if to buy them on Kindle. Out of the 10, I’m buying only one. I now hate physical books. Why? Can’t search them rapidly nor find them quick, and hate to store and move with them. Most important, I can’t listen to them TTS (I usually listen to books when working). And 90% of books are for reference later, not for re-reading. Most books aren’t Dante or the Bible and once you’ve read them you only keep them to reference. Few books are for reading many times.

    However: most of our kids love physical books sans digital and won’t read much unless we have physical except the older and/or brighter ones who go digital eventually (again, just so they can draw pics or play while listening TTS). I’m wondering if I’m just weird because I thought by now everyone would be digital. To me physical books are like riding a horse or driving a Model T. But most everyone disagrees. But good post. I’ve been expecting more people to be talkative about this issue.

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  2. Elspeth says:

    My most recent post is about the lash out against Laura Ingalls Wilder.

    Imagine if there were only digital copies of her books. Or any other “offensive” books as the woke purge intensifies.

    We actually NEED physical books.

    My YA kids just read Fahrenheit 451. I haven’t yet, but plan to soon. I don’t find the story-line as I understand it all that farfetched.

    I like digital books, hence the post. But I am not ready to consider physical books obsolete. Not yet.

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  3. hearthie says:

    I notice that my digital books “undownload” themselves after a while. As Els says… what if one of your digital books became unpopular? Also, paper books are much easier to loan – most of my ebooks aren’t loanable (although they sold me on the “you can share!” thing).

    I get a great many books on my Nook, but paper is better… of course space is a consideration as well.

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