This morning, when I woke up at 1pm, I decided that I needed to relax for a while by taking a bike ride to Aroma cafe to get a fancy breakfast burrito, coffee, people watch and catch up on my reading. I've been reading a lot lately, but I'm not very good at focusing on one thing at a time, so I'm in the middle of 6 books and 1 magazine article. Most days I carry my computer with me everywhere I go, but when you're already toting 6 books, a five pound laptop is the last thing you want in your bag.
Now I realize my previous post got a little bit of a heated discussion going by the book loving community, but look at this, it's ridiculous:
It's no secret that I'm an environmentalist, and I'm not suggesting that the Kindle is a more environmentally friendly option than actual books - who knows how much copper, coltan, mercury, and other heavy metals go into the production of the device. And books are obviously far more bio-degradable. I'm just saying that for the avid reader, a digital reading device really frees up some satchel space. And Christina, I'm not trying to threaten your profession. I ran my fingers over the raised type on the dust-jacket of "Captivating" - it was nice. But I'm reading the book to "unveil the mystery of a woman's soul," not just to admire the lovely cover.
I understand that those of us who have grown up reading traditional books find it hard to imagine reading out of a plastic box, but for the new guard, I think it's going to be common-place. I for one, have 10 rubber tubs, weighing in at about 500 pounds, waiting in my closet for the library I will one day have in my palatial estate. But on afternoons like today, I'd rather carry one tiny device, than have to lug around a sack of books while navigating L.A. roads on my bicycle.
I just wish the Kindle was a little more affordable.