I spend my Saturday mornings, before I leave for work, with a cup of tea and my phone, scrolling through the bookstagram accounts I follow.
It’s pretty relaxing, seeing the countless photos of multicoloured bookshelves and immaculate covers, as well as vintage collections of Sylvia Plath poetry and the occasional picture of a cat. But something I’ve noticed more and more, especially from the bookshops I follow online – is the hashtag.
It seems more like a fashion statement than a statement people actually believe – but at the same time, I have a few things to say against this.
My Kindle is one of my prized possessions. Wherever I go, it goes with me. Whether that’s college, long train journeys, a few hours in the car, work, even abroad (the very few times I’ve gone-!), and having a little device that currently holds around 500 books is amazing.
Don’t get me wrong, I still spend hours in bookshops, looking for the best bargains – normally in second-hand shops because I’m still attempting to save money for uni – and the smell of new paperbacks is untouchable in my mind. I’m eagerly awaiting my annual trip to the Hay Festival (more on that in another post) and I have a Pinterest board of ‘Future Bookshelf Goals’.
My complaint with this is that Kindles are a gift. For me, especially, as someone that reads regularly, often getting through a book every couple of days. Having a Kindle means that when I finish my book, I don’t have to wait to get home to get the next one. I don’t have to pay shipping on pre-ordering new releases. I get to curl up whilst I’m reading at night, without a cumbersome hardback book in the way.
Even though holding a Kindle never quite matches up to the love of a physical copy, sometimes, it just is an easier format to read in. For one thing, there’s a backlighted screen. No more straining my eyes!
So, no. The Kindle is not dead. Neither are paperback books. If we allow ourselves to listen to books through our phones, then why isn’t the same luxury awarded to our ebook readers?
Maybe it’ll never become the mainstream way to read, but my Kindle is here, and it’s here to stay.