I bought my first e-book. So why do I feel so guilty?
Because I succumbed to the pleasure of immediacy instead of getting off my duff, getting dressed, getting in my carputting gas in my cardriving to the local B&N, finding a place to park, searching through the shelves for what I wanted, standing in line, paying for my purchase, and driving back home.
The thing is, I love paper. I believe a trees greatest accomplishment in life is to become a book, next to sheltering the woodland creatures and producing oxygen of course. Theres nothing like being the first to crack the spine of a good book. And rows and rows of them at the library or in a bookstore? Be still my heart. Besides, think of all the good folks who keep their jobs when you buy a book from the bookstore. Economic stimulus!
But man Ive got an I-Pad now and it is too cool for words and you can get virtually (pun intended) any book you want downloaded from Amazon in 30, count them 30 seconds and I dont even have to pay for shipping and handling thank you very much.
Yep, my feelings of remorse were short-lived.
So what e-book did I get? The Road by Cormac McCarthy, which is somewhat ironic dont you think? In his postapocalyptic (try saying that word 5x fast without spitting) future theres no electricity or battery power left to run the equipment to read the books. You want to read? You have to find the remnants of a paper past. Gives you pause doesnt it?
The big question is, will I do it again? Yes. Im sorry. I will. But if its any consolation, I regard my E-books as a test drive only.
If I dont love it, I have 30 seconds of buyers remorse before I obliterate those electrons with a keystroke. This is true liberation since I cannot bring myself to destroy real books, cant even throw them into the recycle bin. Even if I hated reading them, Ill give them away instead.
If I love it, Im sure to buy the real thing and add it to my collection. You know that collection, the one that sits on shelves, makes stacks on the desk and collects dust-bunnies under the bed.
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