Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Reading Dilemma

I've decided that having a Kindle has left me a conflicted person.

I love books.  I love the smell and the bend in the spine of a well-read novel and the short wind from the turn of a page.  I just love holding it in my hands and, as our pastor said earlier, forming a relationship with the book - in a way that you can't really do with an electronic book.

However, I'm not a very patient person.  At all.  And when I hear of a book that I really want to read, I long to read the actual physical copy of it.  But I'm not patient enough to wait for it to be shipped to me.  And I'm also not willing (and too cheap) to make the drive over to Barnes & Noble to spend three times what I would spend anywhere else.

Having a Kindle eliminates my patience problem.  I can click the precious "buy now with 1-click" button on the Amazon website and have it delivered to me instantly.  Like magic.

But then I don't get to pore over the pages of a precious hard copy.

Such conflict.

And, at present, I'm dealing with the aforementioned.  Bob Rivers interviewed J.R. Moehringer on the radio yesterday about his newly released novel, "Sutton".  The book is a novel about the life of the famous bank robber, Willie Sutton, born in the early 1900s.
Hearing them talk about it made me long to read it.  Reading the book description on Amazon only made that worse.  And the longing persists.

But so does my dilemma.  I have no idea how this will pan out in the end.

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