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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  1. October 6, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    See I love having an actual copy of a book to read, but I am also reading a lot of books for University and it’s so difficult to carry them around. It really is a struggle to pick which to buy, I always end up torn

    • October 8, 2017 / 3:45 pm

      I know how you feel. I have been considering a Kindle for years now but I felt like I would be a traitor to bookshops if I got one! But needs must 😉

  2. October 10, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    I love reading a physical book but when I got a kindle it was easier sometimes to just pick that put and read instead. But I still buy a good paper book if I like it.

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