I Bought One of These…
I’ve found itâ€™s nice when you can chalk up spending money to â€œconducting researchâ€. Thatâ€™s how Iâ€™m rationalizing my recent Kindle purchase.
And the beauty is, Iâ€™m not completely lying to myself this time. I figure Iâ€™ll need to know about these infernal contraptions (I mean that lovingly) for this site, for my elementary school libraries (which just received an e-reader grant (we’re buying Nooks)), and for an upcoming column Iâ€™m writing.
So Iâ€™ve been dipping my unusually large big toe (seriously, Iâ€™ll let you check it out some time) in the e-book waters to see if the temperature is up to where I like it. Turns out, itâ€™s getting there*. Then I read an article like this and remember I may have just sold my soul.
A couple quick thoughts:
Itâ€™s almost off-puttingly quiet. Put your ear to it – no sound. Shake it – nothing shaking.
The e-ink display is nice.
I like being able to sample books. Also, library lending is gloriously simple.
*Bonus Feature* I can use it to read my blogs. Aww, yeah.
*Picture books, graphic novels, and pretty much any other heavily illustrated work of bookery is not part of this equation. That, friends, is a whole ‘nother story.
Have you taken the plunge yet?
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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