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Why I Can’t Survive Without My Kindle


Laurie can’t quit her Kindle

By Laurie Stone

I try and stay away, but fail every time. It’s so easy to use, so lightweight and compact, so effortless. When I want something, I press a button and what I crave appears in seconds, like magic. The other day it occurred to me — I can’t live without this object.

Yes, I’m addicted to my Kindle.

The first time I used an e-reader was on vacation 10 years ago. I’d meant to bring the bestselling hardcover novel, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but forgot. Instead, my husband Randy handed me his Kindle. “Try this,” he said.

That was the moment.

I hesitantly got into the e-reader “store,” found the book, and downloaded it. Within seconds, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo appeared like an oasis in the desert. At first it felt funny holding this strange device, even though I could adjust the light, type size and font. Over that vacation, I kept picking up the Kindle (much to Randy’s annoyance) and went through the novel quickly.

Later, I bought my own and never looked back.

meals, mother, worrying, hopeful, boys, asleep, pedometerLike many lifelong readers, I expected to be turned off by this electronic gadget, preferring the feel, smell and heft of a real book. But that’s not what happened. Instead, I fell in love with the ease of turning a page with a touch. I could even read faster and go through more titles.

To my shock, I turned out to be one of those Philistines who didn’t care how the words were served up, as long as they were there.

But the most magical part of the Kindle is this: I’ll hear about Dani Shapiro’s newest novel, the latest spiritual guide by Anita Moorjani or that new nutrition book everyone’s talking about. I go to the device’s store, click and it appears in nanoseconds. I can never get over that.

Real books now sit on my nightstand, looking dejected and abandoned. I still love them and once in a while, even read one. I’ve always loved how books make a home cozier. I could never live without the sight of books. Sometimes I’ll read several in a row just to prove I can still do it.

But always the Kindle beckons. I now have 451 books downloaded, easily a third I haven’t read yet. But knowing they’re there makes me happy, like friends I haven’t met.

“I can’t quit you,” I said to the Kindle the other day, picking it up, newly charged and ready to go. To be honest, I don’t want to.

I had no idea what I was getting into when I first downloaded The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, but life — especially reading — was never the same.

Laurie Stone writes from the woods of Easton, Conn. Her blog, “Musings, Rants &Scribbles,” shares thoughts on growing up, older and (hopefully) wiser. Follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.



3 Responses to “Why I Can’t Survive Without My Kindle”

  1. Paula Kiger says:

    I use the Kindle app on my phone. Can’t say it has won me over the same way yours has, but I have grown to appreciate it more.

  2. Diane says:

    This is me! The other night I couldn’t sleep. At 3 am, I finally picked up my Kindle and looked up a book my book club is planning to read. With one button, I purchased it, loaded it and started reading. At 3 am! I love this technology!

  3. Shari says:

    So interesting. I’ve been curious about a kindle for ages for the same reasons you were, plus because it would mean more time looking at screens. Still, it would be nice to have something light and that doesn’t add clutter!


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