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Monday, April 18, 2011

"I Would Not Like That" (even though I've never tried it)

A few years ago I received a Kindle Electronic Reader from my husband as a gift.  It has been just about the best gift ever (although he has gotten me a LOT of really cool stuff).  The main reason it has been the best gift is because even though I enjoy reading, I have been hindered by a nearly debilitating phobia.  I can't stand the feel of paper, wood products, popsicle sticks (this one making me creep out just having to type it), pencil scratch on paper, etc.  It is fine if there is a coating or something on the above mentioned items but other than that it almost makes me want to gag. 

For most of my life I thought I was just some weirdo, even though some of my being confirms this theory, however finally in my adult life I have found one other person with the exact same affliction.  I am NOT alone!!

Having the Kindle has renewed the love of reading in a medium I am again able to participate.  It is so exciting and I have read SO many books since I got it.  There are other very redeemable qualities too though.  It is thing, light, has a screen that can be seen in sunlight perfectly as though you're holding a newspaper, holds up to 1500 books, can email your own documents to it, and on and on.  Being a musician and one who travels this could not be any more convenient and I would think most people would find the same (not just with Kindle but any e-reader they purchased).

I have run across quite a few people though who are adamant about not getting one because, and the reason is always the same, "I just like the feel of books too much, I would miss holding an actual book."  May I step out and say, WHAT A LOAD OF CRAP for an excuse not to get one. 

Just because you have an e-reader does not make you physically unable to buy or hold an actual book for the rest of your natural-born life.  In fact, to download a book, buy it in hardcopy and read them ALL AT ONCE could be an option for you as well.  A rift in the time-space continuum will not occur if they get to close to eachother on the same dimension. 

So, just sayin'...really try to come up with a better excuse not to get one or contemplate actually trying one.  It really can make life much more convenient and make reading a new or re-newed passion that is such an important thing for the human race to grow and further their pursuits.

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