Since I’ve been stuck at home for the past week, I’ve been using André’s Kindle to read Project Gutenberg free books. I must admit, it’s a pleasant experience: fairly easy to manipulate and easy on the eyes.
Now let me start by saying that I am a bibliophile. I don’t just enjoy the words part of a book. I love the whole experience: the feel of the book’s textures, its heft, the art on the cover page, the very smell of the pages themselves. So I’m not a huge fan of eReaders. My dream is to have a room where all the walls are covered in books.
However, I don’t reject eReaders off-hand. When I was a university student, I would have loved to get electronic versions of all those heavy books that the professors wanted us to read. In addition, they seem perfect for traveling, whether it’s having light reading, or carrying a translation dictionary and a tour book with you at all times.
But there are various things about the Kindle I don’t like. I don’t like the DRM. I don’t like how the cheaper version won’t read PDFs. I read a lot of PDFs for work and if I can’t download them easily to an eReader, then it isn’t much use to me.. I don’t like the fact that you can’t loan a book to a friend or resell a book you no longer want.
So maybe one of these days I’ll get myself an eReader but it won’t one of the eReaders that are available right now. Maybe down the road, there’ll be a version that I actually want. In the meantime, I’ll just borrow André’s Kindle.