verb [ trans. ]
light or set on fire.
• arouse or inspire (an emotion or feeling)
I am not a Luddite. Even though I eat organic food and have been a vegetarian for almost 40 years and I live out in the country, I still love technology. I love texting. I obviously love my Mac computer. We've always had good audio equipment, etc. etc.
So I pondered, why am I so resistent to a Kindle? The usual reasons came to mind. I love the feel and look of print. I don't think I'd enjoy reading on a device. But then the little voice in my head said, wait a minute, you read and read and read on such a device - the computer. I could spend all day sitting here reading your blogs. And after that I thought, wouldn't it be nice to read a great big biography and not have to hold the book?
When the price came down to $139, we said, why not? So, I preordered the end of July and here it is. My little bundle of electronic reading joy.
My camera died a week ago, and I have a new one on order, but Tom borrowed one from a colleague so I could document this huge excitement at Windy Poplars Farm.
When it arrived today the UPS fellow said, 'I know what this is!' He told me he had delivered quite a few. He then asked how I thought I'd use it, and I said, probably old books that are quite cheap and heavy nonfiction books. He talked about holding such books when one is lying in bed, and I said that I've already hurt my shoulder/arm in this way. He called it 'reader's shoulder' which I just love. I think what I'll do is have a downstairs print book and a bedtime kindle book.
Now the great decision was what to buy for my very first book. I had given it quite some thought and even begun a bookmark, 'kindle books I want,' but still that first purchase is kinda special. Should I buy one of the nonfiction titles I've been dying to read? A new installment in a favorite mystery series? An old beloved title? Something by Agatha Christie? I ended up buying three.
The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie
The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing by Tarquin Hall
Asleep by Molly Caldwell-Crosby