I do love reading on my Kindle. It’s physically easier (especially when I’m lying in bed), and faster. So why is it that I still would rather own the book? I’m mean, I’m well on my way to having a book storage problem (again). So … why? Help me, Obi-Wan.
Well, I think I’ve figured it out. It’s because book ownership is a two-part process for me.
There’s the reading, yes. The knowledge I gain. The enjoyment in a good story. The wonder of being surprised by something.
When I am done reading, there’s an additional, secondary pleasure of putting the book on the shelf (in the fiction section or the nonfiction section, and there are further divisions, I’m just keeping it simple here, folks). Also admiring it, recommending and lending it, thinking about it as I pass the bookshelf. Standing in front of the stacks and thinking of new lists and ways to categorize, how I might use this one or that in the blog. (Because zee Blog, you know, eet must be fed.)
But a large aspect of it (part two) is (don’t laugh!) home decoration. I just like the way they look. I grew up in a house full of books and magazines (and records). I’ve never lived in a house that wasn’t filled with books and magazines and music so at this point that bookish lifestyle has a bred-in-the-bone feel; it wouldn’t be home otherwise. Now I put mysteries and humor in the blue bedroom. I put romances and YA in the pink bedroom. My collection of books by or about the Beatles is in the media room. One whole seventeen-foot wall in the living room is a floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcase. (On a recent visit to the Boy’s house, I helped him rearrange and redecorate the living room … including adding a display of books. And so it continues.)
Now that I think about it, it’s a three-part process if you count the joy of seeking and purchasing. Anticipating. Reading reviews. Although that has nothing to do with the Kindle.
But this does: I was in the bookstore last week and ran into Alan Bradley’s new Flavia de Luce novel and positively fell in lust with the packaging. It’s a case cover (no dust jacket), and it’s smallish. I have the first three in the FdL series on my Kindle but ooooh, that bright red book was enchanting!
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