Me ‘N’ My Kindle – A Love/Hate Relationship

Mar 2, 2024 | 0 comments

I protested for a number of years.  “I like the feel of a book,” I said.  “I like it that I can keep track of where I am with a bookmark or dogear the pages if it’s one I own — or even write a note in the margin if it seems important.”  But then came the time when the print in paperbacks got so small I couldn’t read it and the wait for library books seem like forever and I couldn’t really afford to buy hard copies all that frequently and besides…  I’m out of shelf space.  So a Kindle it was.

I wouldn’t say I’m completely sold.  There are still times I’d like to go back a few chapters to find something but it seems too onerous with the Kindle.  And I still have to wait for weeks sometimes for popular books… but I can adjust the font size to suit my needs  and I can carry around a half dozen books in my jacket pocket so I’m gradually convincing myself that the tradeoffs offset tradition.

Although… I just finished Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind… I think.  It’s really hard to tell.  I thought I had quite a few chapters yet to go and then… suddenly I was into the endnotes.  Without going back page by page by page interminably, I’m not sure how I actually find if I missed a hundred pages or so.  And I’m pretty sure I’m not going to do that.   The paper back copy is 497 pages long and I have little inclination to tap my kindle 200 or so times to see if I can recognize where I went wrong.

Besides, it’s a book my kids and I are reading together and discussing on ZOOM each Sunday evening so maybe they can straighten me out or reassure me or fill me in…  And, too, I’m eager to start Harari’s sequel, Homo Deus, A Brief History of Tomorrow.  If you haven’t read these books, I encourage you to do so — you will never look at the world around you in quite the same way again — guaranteed!  And maybe you’ll even understand my laissez faire attitude about those 100 or so pages I may or may not have read.  In the great scheme of things, I’m really not sure they matter!

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