The stores are stocked with flowers, chocolates, and cards galore, but Gwynly won’t be among the many men flocking to buy those traditional gifts. He already got mine.
Earlier this week, he visited me in my office and said to go ahead and order the Kindle I wanted as my Valentine’s Day present. I squealed and carried on something fierce. Yes, I’m like that.
Gwynly’s announcement came as a huge surprise. He’s a frugal fellow, so an extravagant gift like this is, to use a writerly term, out of character. Not that he isn’t romantic in his own way. In years past, I’ve received a dozen roses and mushy card. He prefers to do his shopping at Safeway’s floral shop, though, spending a fraction of the price he’d pay a big name florist for a similar product, which is fine with me. By saving money on flowers, there’s more money for books. 🙂
This year, Gwynly outdid himself. The way I see it, he gave me a library. I’ll be able to store thousands of books on a device that slips in my purse.
My Kindle arrived today, and I went through the basic tutorial. I’ve got plenty to learn. For starters, I need Gwynly’s help to get a Wi-fi connection established. I’ve got books waiting to be sent to my Kindle, but low-tech me can’t get the router to recognize my e-reader . . . or something like that.
Even though I can’t read a book on my Kindle yet, I’m already a fan. I figured out how to enlarge the text and adjust the line spacing and length, making reading on the Kindle easy on my 51-derful-year-old eyes. I thought I’d miss the feel of a book in my hands, but that isn’t so. The Kindle case is cleverly designed, making it easy to hold. And I do like the free downloads Amazon offers.
I didn’t think I’d ever embrace e-books, but I’ve changed my mind. Not that I’ve lost my love of a traditional print book, but I can see benefits to both. What I predict is that I’ll probably buy more books because I have an e-reader. They’re less expensive and don’t take up shelf space. But will I give e-books as gifts? I doubt it, although that may change.
Gwynly scored major points with his Valentine’s gift this year. In fact, he was so sweet that I just might let him borrow my Kindle from time to time.
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Do you own an e-reader or have one on your wish list?
Do you think there’s a place for both print and e-books?
If you have an e-reader, what features are your favorites?