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Kindle anyone?

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Kindle, Kobo, E-Reader? Have you got your e-book reader yet? Or perhaps you are more of an iPad person? This issue was thrown into sharp focus for me recently as my husband lifted my holiday suitcase up. He groaned and moaned at the weight. The source of the problem was my hardbacks. He asked, quite reasonably, whether it was really necessary to take hardbacks on holiday with me and why didn’t I get a Kindle? I’d be lying to say I haven’t thought about it a lot. However, I just love books. I can’t help it. I don’t think swiping my finger over a dull screen would give me the same experience I have when opening a fresh book with a satisfying swish, sniff and crunch. I do realise I sound like a Luddite, and I do think e-books have their place (Fifty Shades of Grey being an excellent example and no, I haven’t read it…yet). The main thing that is putting me off is money, as I know I would buy an e-book for my e-reader and then still buy the real book if I enjoyed it. A double whammy! So as my husband keeps hinting that a Kindle might be a good thing for me to ask Father Christmas for, I will keep thinking about it and let you know if I succumb! In the meantime, this post from A Little Blog of Books sums up the pros and cons very well, with a great discussion in the comments as well.

Beautiful Books

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E-Readers are becoming more and more popular and soon most commercial novels will be available only in e-ink. Whether or not this is a good thing I am undecided, but I do think this means that there is again a place in the world for really beautiful books. As physical books get rarer, people will only purchase their absolute favourites in hard copy and so the bindings and covers will be ever more important. That is my hunch anyway. I have a few beautiful hardbacks thanks to my grandparents: a collection of Thomas Hardy novels, a set of Antony Trollopes and a set of leather-bound Dickens, all of which I treasure. The other day whilst in Foyles, I bought a beautiful book myself. I saw this Barnes & Noble edition of The Scarlet Letter and felt compelled to purchase it (maybe for sentimental reasons with it being one of my MA dissertation books!). It is clearly too beautiful to go on my crowded books shelves in our box room (which I fondly call my ‘library!’) so I will have to find a home for it in the living room I think!

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Barnes & Noble edition

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Barnes & Noble edition