In 2015, I decided I needed to escape. Not a change, an escape. I couldn’t think of many reasons to stay where I was. I wanted to experience something new, I wanted to get out of a cold climate and into a warm one. Essentially, I needed a fresh, new, everything.
I’ve always put off seeing other parts of the world. Fear of costs, losing your belongings, unknowns of travelling abroad but also returning home. I had a million reasons not to go, but there was no better time than right now.
As I began selling everything I owned, cancelling communication services, getting the necessary paper work together and putting in notice at work, I realized how much stuff I wouldn’t be able to take with me. Even though that’s the whole point, and besides my laptop, I thought “Wait, my books!”
How would I be able to transfer my library over seas? I looked at options, and the cost was astronomical. Even shipping it by sea over the course of 2 months (because shipping is by weight) was an impossible task.
I stored things I couldn’t sell, or didn’t want to, at a friend’s house. That’s when he showed me his Kindle. I knew e-reading many years ago was “the latest craze” but I couldn’t get on board with not being able to feel my books, smell the pages, or immerse myself in them. It took some getting used to, but I would have been lost without it.
I’ve amassed 48 books on it in the past year and a bit. Considering I didn’t start reading heavily until a few years ago, I’m quite happy with that number. Cold winters I tend to read more than on a beautiful summer day.
I do miss my paper back books, and when I return I will pick up them up again. But the convenience was unparalleled. It was also great at night when I had no light source close by, and even though a regular paper book requires no charging, I only plugged it in once every 6 weeks, and at the same time amassed more books.
What I do wish, is that for every regular book I purchased on Amazon, I got the free Kindle version. I did have to buy several of my favourite reads again. A digital copy has unlimited prints, it would be a nice addition to the cost of a new book.
It is also difficult to go back and read something again, as with a paper back we create mental images when we read of where something in a book was. Makes skimming for information a breeze.
E-readers can be a sensitive topic, but I feel it doesn’t have to be. To each their own, and whatever works for ya.
Off to the beach, with reader in hand …