I love to read. I read constantly. I’m always on the hunt for a new book, or even better, a new author. I read my favorites over and over. So here’s the problem.
Later this month I am going to have surgery and then be flat on my back for an extended period of time. I was planning to fill a grocery cart with books at my favorite used book store using a list of suggestions people had given me on Facebook and Twitter. But yesterday when I was picking MJ‘s brain for even MORE suggestions (she managed a bookstore for many years before she became Catwoman) she casually mentioned that it sounded like I needed a Nook. I responded the way I always have when someone who knows me well (i.e. knows that I devour books by the stack) suggests a Kindle or Nook: “No, I couldn’t do without the feel of the book in my hand, the musty smell of an older book, the sound of the pages turning, the look of the books lined up neatly on the shelves.” But for the first time I really started considering it. MJ said she still bought her favorites in hardback, but she used her Nook to try out new authors. Hmm.
And then I came home from work, and took a look around. I have a lot of books. I have them all arranged by author, and then by date of publication. My sweet husband just repainted the bookshelves in the living room, and I thought I was going to have a panic attack when he insisted on arranging the books himself. And this is just the first bookcase.
And then there are the books in the kitchen. These are not my cookbooks, mind you. Those fill the bottom of the hutch in the pantry.
And then there are the books in my bedroom – several rows along the bottom of the TV stand, filling both bedside tables, and lined up across the dresser. I didn’t take a picture because Michael’s still asleep, so you’ll just have to take my work for it. Oh, and I almost forgot the overflowing bookshelves in both boys’ rooms.
I’m not planning on getting rid of any of these books anytime soon. I gave a huge number to Goodwill just a couple of years ago – these are my favorites. Do you see the problem?
And there’s another concern. (I know, can I make this any more complicated?) I’m a writer. I’m working on my second novel, and I’m actively pursuing publication. If I someday get a book published, do I want people to download it to their Kindle or Nook, or do I want them to walk out of the bookstore with it in their hot little hands? Should I even care?
So I need some input. Do you use a Kindle or Nook? Do you love it or are you kind of “meh” about it? Do you use it exclusively? Financially, for someone who reads a lot, is this a reasonable thing to do (considering that most downloads are about the same price as a new paperback)? Will I get all twitchy if I try to switch? Help!