Opinion: Does that come in electronic?

Felicity Bosk -- The Stinger

I just finished the first chapter of Crossbones by Nuruddin Farah. A little hard to follow, but reading on my Kindle Fire makes it a helluva lot easier, and this is why:

When I put on a book, I can change the colour or the text and background between classic white and black print, the inverse of that, and to a beige and dark red text. The latter is my favorite because it’s the most relaxing on my eyes.

Crossbones on my kindle totals a little over 5,000 pages, because each page on my tablet has about two paragraphs. It doesn’t take me any more time to go through; I just like the bigger text, and the smaller chunks of text are less intimidating than a page of never-ending words.

Corssbones takes place in Somalia, so there are often some terms I don’t know. On my Kindle I just select the word and search the web and in a matter of moments I know what the term means and I can continue reading.

In another book I had in another class, I needed to know when a character first appeared. My Kindle is perfect for this type of thing. I just searched the character’s name and it showed me every time their name was stated and I was able to be brought to their first appearance – mission accomplished.

If I had to carry all the of the books on my Kindle with me to class everyday, I probably simply wouldn’t due to the weight, and so during free time throughout the day I wouldn’t get to spend it reading the many books I am assigned to read at a given time. This way they are all in one place, on the page I left off, in a light tablet.

People talk about how these new book reading tablets aren’t the same. They don’t have the same feel to them, or that “book smell” which apparently some people in this world actually like (I’m sorry about my reluctance to accept that you exist). I don’t know if I am just highly susceptible to paper-cuts but I get a new one every day.

And when you have to hold books open because they’re too new to be used for their sole purpose and you have to pull on it just to see the words that are all the way into the binding… okay, maybe using a Kindle has just made me incredibly lazy about physical books.

There are cons of course, though you probably already know of them.

The other day in History we had to take out our books and answer questions on the study guide about them. I pulled out my Kindle, turned it on, and then it died. I forgot to charge it the night before.

There is the possibility of it getting lost or stolen. I lost my kindle when I first got it. Thought I forgot it somewhere at school and that someone had stolen it. Turns out I forgot it in my friend Cyn’s car that morning.

Then to be more vague to all the cons is that once your Kindle is unusable for whatever variety of reasons, you no longer have all of those books. One moment you have hundreds of books but once that battery dies or that kindle gets lost at sea…

With my major and minors on the humanities end of the academic spectrum, I have to read a lot of books at any given time, and having a Kindle makes it all so much easier for me to be prepared and do well in all my classes. So when I am assigned books at the beginning of the year I ask “does that come in electronic?”

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