Is there such a thing as having too many books? Every now and then I try a book purge or play that game - for each book I buy, one has to go away.
These good intentions usually last about a week.
But with an eReader - think of the shelf space I could save. When my husband gave me a Kindle, at first it was like the best new toy you get for Christmas - I browsed the web, checked Facebook and emails. Oh, and started to load books. Lots of mysteries - Ruth Rendell and Jo Nesbø and Stephen King - where was my Kindle when I read the Game of Thrones series? Those take up major league shelf space.
Read a book review in the New York Times and you've got to have that book immediately? Go to Amazon and "Buy now with 1-Click®." What could be easier? And some books are free - go figure, it's like a library. But one that fits in your purse.
Except. My version is hard to read in the sun so instead of words, you see a reflection of yourself. Squinting, trying to maneuver the Kindle at the right angle for maximum reading effectiveness. And many non-fiction books, like ones with maps and photos, aren't especially easy to navigate.
And why are some books so expensive? Don't get me wrong - my novel is coming out in the summer and it's fantastic it will be available for eReaders, but I don't quite understand the pricing policy.
So for now, I'll live in both worlds. I'm currently re-reading The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (free on Kindle) and after that, who knows? But I have a sinking feeling I'll be able to fill up the Kindle just as quickly as I fill up my bookshelves.