Up until very recently I was vehemently against eBooks. I found everything about them unappealing: the lack of physical tangibility that comes from having an actual hard copy of the book in your possession, the way the screen size limits your view of the entire page, even the loss of a certain comfort to be derived from manually flipping the pages as opposed to jabbing away at the buttons, screen or keyboard.
I admit I was proud of my stance against these abominations to literature; another sign that we are progressively losing every form of elegance in the utilisation of language.
However when I finally conceded to purchasing a tablet (after it became apparent that relying on my ability to lug my rather large and out-dated laptop across campus everyday to get my work done was not so feasible) I discovered the joys of the Kindle app.
I have delighted in having so many books at my fingertips, loved the ease with which I can purchase and start reading a book instantly. It’s now easier than ever to catch up on books I’ve been meaning to read for years and even the Kindle book interface is growing on me (it certainly beats reading scientific journals in PDF format off a laptop!).
I started by reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and now I am attempting to read Eat, Pray, Love; The Divinci Code; Catch Me if You Can and Marley and Me simultaneously (I imagine I’ll get caught up in one over the others soon enough). I also have a bit of Dickens, Shakespeare and Austin lined up /very happy and content