James Huntrods: For God’s sake – buy a Kindle. Or any eReader. And here’s why.

James Huntrods: For God’s sake – buy a Kindle. Or any eReader. And here’s why.

This is exactly how I felt about my first Kindle. And as far as needing to feel a book in your hands, IMO, having the Amazon leather cover makes it feel better than most books.

In fact, the opening paragraphs are why I upgraded myself to a Touch.


Agree 100%.  I was skeptical.  When I got my first Kindle (as a present, thanks New Media Manitoba!) the first thing I did was touch the screen like an iPad because the concept of navigation by buttons seemed ludicrously antiquated.

After reading my first ebook, I was hooked.  Now, 18 months later, I have to admit that I have bought and read far more books since I bought my Kindle than in the years prior.

I get the “I love the smell/feel/sound of paper” thing.  I do.  I’m a print-sniffer too.  I have daydreams of wearing a smoking jacket by the fire with a snifter of brandy in a personal library that fairly screams, “But goddamn, here resides an extraordinarily well-educated and interesting gentleman!”

Here’s the thing:  there are some people who look down their noses at paperbacks and insist it’s not a “real” book unless it’s hardcover.  Those of us who are omnivores with our literature, who taught ourselves to read at a young age by staring at the Cheerios box every morning, whose parents doled out restricted reading privileges while other kids simply got grounded, we know that the vessel is irrelevant — some reading experiences are more pleasurable than others and I like my hefty tomes as much as the next guy who consistently has Infinite Jest and Cryptonomicon jockeying for 1st and 2nd place in his personal Top 5.

But the Kindle doesn’t deny the pleasure of reading — it provides different pleasures than what the paperback or hardcover does.  If you love reading, and you don’t try a good e-reader like a Kindle, Nook, Kobo, etc., then you may be the only thing denying yourself a pleasure of reading.


“I don’t like the Kindle. I need the feel of a book in my hand”

So this is the most common thing said to me when using a Kindle. People dismiss it pretty quickly as something that’s not for them. They think it’s the death of the book or the death of writing. They present an idealogical…