The murder of the book?
Well, it is now October and that means that I’m back at university after a long, long summer! I have taken four classes this semester, and another four for the semester after. That means that I have a lot of reading to do, and for a lot of different genres. It does take some getting used to after reading my own choice of literature over the past few months but, right now, I feel extremely determined to get back to working hard and make my time as a student worthwhile.
I have just entered my third year of study so, after two years, I have adopted an extremely sore back from carrying my bag full of books around campus each and every day. Sometimes I need one particular book for a lecture, and then another for a tutorial or seminar, and then some to take for personal study in-between classes! This is why I decided to ignore all of my principles and buy myself a Kindle.
I have been so hesitant towards buying one for many years now. I was always a strong believer in supporting local bookshops and making sure that gadgets like the Kindle never replace them, and I still am! However, I have to admit that I am loving my Kindle thus far and am questioning why I didn’t buy one sooner.
Not only is my bag so much lighter (despite technically having more books in there!), I also no longer have a sore back and my university must-buy list has been a lot cheaper. Plus, I have been able to squeeze in some bedtime reading without needing a light, which is always a bonus! I mean, how long will it take for someone to begin publishing books with glow-in-the-dark ink so that I can read them in the dark, too? There’s an idea for you!
The Kindle really is a great idea and I’m sure it has encouraged more people to read because they get a nifty gadget to go alongside it. However, I have decided that I am going to use my Kindle solely for university reading. Give me a paper or hard back book any other day of the week, for sure.
Real books will forever remain my favourite possession and I dream of having my very own library in my home one day. There is nothing I love more than flicking through the pages of a book, new or old, and actually being able to hold it in my hands as I read. Think of its journey; the author’s mind to your own hands. Even being able to sketch little notes in the margins is something which I live for – and yes, I am aware that you can attach notes to parts of the book on a Kindle, but it lacks my handwriting when I scribble down something out of the emotion I am feeling for it.
All in all, if you’re in a similar position as me and physically cannot carry around your books, or simply can’t fit them all in your little student flat, I would definitely consider treating yourself to a Kindle. They are fairly affordable and pretty easy to work and control. But, please always remember how important it is to visit and support your local bookshops. I never want to imagine their demise and it is our generation’s responsibility to ensure that gadgets like the Kindle don’t take over. So, that’s my personal view on literature within a gadget – how about you? Is a Kindle the perfect way to murder the book, or a modern way of improving it?
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