As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, I’ve always dreamt of having my own library. Imagine having a whole room with walls clad in bookcases, where the scent of paper fills your lungs as soon as you enter, and all the books are yours.

It’s a beautiful dream, but in reality I don’t actually have room for a library.

All I got is one cluttered bookcase with books crammed together and on top of each other.
Too bad I suck at borrowing from the library… I don’t know what’s wrong with me, but every time (every. single. time.) I borrow something form the library I end up completely forgetting about it until like 3 months later. By then it’s not only embarrassing to return it, I also have to pay an overdue fee.

But I still want to read, and this Christmas I was handed a solution: my very first e-reader!

Imaginary Karin - Kindle Paperwhite

It’s a Kindle Paperwhite, and I got it from Markus. (Last time we moved he cursed loudly and fully over the heavy book boxes, he’s very much in favour of the idea of digital books…)

We don’t officially have Amazon in Sweden, but you can still order a Kindle and set up an account. What surprised me was that when I logged in I was automatically sent to the US Amazon site, with the US range of books and US prices. I thought I would get UK Amazon because I’m in Europe, but apparently you get US Amazon by default if you’re in an “outsider” country.
This of course means my Kindle interface is in English too, but I don’t mind that.

So far I’ve only purchased one book. I wanted to read the new Bridget Jones book, Mad About the Boy, by Helen Fielding* and decided it would make a good test case for the Kindle. And it worked perfectly! A little too perfectly almost… It was so easy to just click “buy” and download I’m afraid I’ll end up spending way more money than intended on books. :blush:

Well, better books than makeup and candy and other mindless junk, I guess.

* Not very good to be honest. I love the previous Bridget Jones books, but this wasn’t anywhere near as funny or clever. The character works better as a confused early 30s singleton, Bridget as a 50+ single mother was mostly just… saddening. Unfortunately.

Imaginary Karin - Kindle Paperwhite

The actual reading was really nice. I’ve tried reading books on the iPad previously, and it hasn’t been gentle on the eyes, but the Kindle screen was comfortable to look at even for long periods of time. It took me a while to get used to the flickering though. At first I thought it was something wrong with it, because when flipping a page the whole screen would turn inverted (black background, white text) for half a second before showing the new page, but apparently that’s just how e-ink works. It needs to “wipe” the screen clean before “printing” a new page.
After just a short while I completely forgot about it though and didn’t even notice it, the flicker is not really that intrusive.

One downside I’ve noticed is that because we don’t have Amazon here, there aren’t many Swedish books to download, but I don’t mind that much. The number of Swedish authors I’m interested in is so small compared to the massive list of English-speaking authors, so it’s not the end of the world. And I’m still keeping up with my resolution to read books in English if that’s their original language, so having an endless supply of English books just a click away is very helpful!

In conclusion: I love it! <3 How do you read books? Do you have digital or physical libraries?