When I go on a trip, I usually pack books the way our son used to pack his stuffed animals:I know I can’t take them all, but there is no way I can limit myself to two or three, much less one, and I feel guilt for leaving any of my favorites behind. I like to have enough reading options to suit whatever literary mood I might be in, whatever reading comfort needs I might have. At the same time, books are heavy, so I usually end up with a backache from pulling around overloaded suitcases and shouldering bulging backpacks.
As I start packing for an out-of-town trip tomorrow, I realize I now can take along as many books as I want.
After the lengthy decision-making process of buying one, it took me awhile to warm up to my Kindle, but warm up I have. For me, e-reading is not replacing paper-reading. I still usually cuddle up with a paperback or hard cover when I have time to read in the evening. But I am also finding the same reading pleasure from e-books, the same “book love” that Trollope wrote about and Anna Quindlen quotes. Writing is writing. Words are words. Pages are pages. Books are books. I don’t believe the Nietzschean pronouncements that the physical book is dead (or dying). It just has a new cousin.
My hotel roommate this weekend also recently got a Kindle, so I’m excited to compare resources and titles. Below are a few good sources of Kindle-formatted e-books that I’ve found:
- Ereader News Today (Tips, Tricks, And Free Ebooks For Your Kindle)
- Amazon’s Fiction Classics sorted low to high by price (with many free)
- Best Online Resources to Get Free Kindle Books (from MadXperts)
And here’s a title I might browse on the plane. 😉 (I’m happy with the e-cover!)