After enduring working through another Black Friday sale madness, it sounded wonderful to spend the weekend lounging around the house in pajamas. With no intentions to shop for anything, yesterday, amazon.com enticed me into purchasing two Kindles for my oldest two granddaughters, ages 9 and 11. Only $49 a piece – what a deal! Of course, I added the insurance plans and then thought, “they definitely need Kindle covers too!” That’s the thing about electronic devices, there’s always more stuff you need to get. Decisions, decisions, so I registered their Kindles to my amazon.com account, so they can access my library and this afternoon I happily thought about books I enjoyed at their age, browsed lists of classic children’s books and even the list of Newberry medal winners back to 1922. No half-hearted efforts in the libertybelle world, lol. Amazon.com offers so many choices and great customer service, plus I think they have mind-readers there who crawl inside avid readers heads and analyze what readers would love. So, I signed up for a 30-day free trial of Kindle Unlimited too.
My kids pushed me into the world of e-books with a Kindle for my birthday in 2010. They hoped that would end my penchant for hardcover books acquisition and prevent my eventual decline into shamefully becoming a candidate for a hoarders intervention. Yes, the Kindle helped slow down my hardcover book acquisitions, but I still love the feel of an actual book in my hands and yet, I also love the portability of an entire library that e-readers offer.
Unexpectedly, once the newness of my Kindle wore off, I succumbed to a Black Friday sale price on a Nook tablet a couple of years ago, much to my regret. Oh my gosh, my Kindle library was not transferable to my Nook, yes, a pox on proprietary corporate designs. Beyond that the Nook doesn’t hold thousands of books effortlessly like my Kindle. Eventually, a Kindle Fire blazed into my thoughts and I kept reading the reviews, reading the details and alas, I purchased one. So now, I, the technologically-challenged butt of family jokes, am the owner of THREE e-reading devices and I’m hoping that by providing classic children’s literature, in Kindles with cool covers, to my granddaughters, they will find whole other worlds to explore.
Sadly, there are die-hard clingers to nostalgia, who refuse to explore new vistas in the world of books. Today’s e-books and even access to venues to locate books rests a far cry from growing up being the proud collector of mostly hand-me-down books… of which most are still in my possession…. I’ve even got my oldest sister’s, 1957 copyright, Scholastic Book Services copy of “Watchwords of Liberty: A Pageant of American Quotations”, that still comes in handy when I’m searching for inspirational American quotes writing this very blog. Then came the joy of purchasing cheap paperbacks from my Scholastic Books flyer in grade school, the definitive start of my book-collecting interest. From there I moved on to joining not only Doubleday Book Club, but Literary Guild too, in my teens, using my own money from babysitting jobs to pay for my hardcover books.
The vast, easy access to information of all sorts, great literature, individual global communication capability and so much more should give us all pause to be thankful that some innovative people didn’t accept naysaying or believing in the “impossible“… or even worse accept the status quo. So, if you’re old and dug in your heels against e-readers, please reconsider and give them a try….. one of the best features for older people is you can adjust the font size larger effortlessly. Take it from me, a reformed e-reader critic.