I enjoy reading. We've covered this ground before. Today, I want to tell you about reading on the Amazon Kindle. Just the picture here (that's actually my Kindle) and reading those words causes some to shudder - the very notion of an electronic book is repulsive. How could you even consider reading a book that has no cover or pages? Rest assured, that I still love a physical book and have in my study a wall of bookcases with "real" books that I still read. I think the talk of e-readers making books obsolete is overblown. And the notion that somehow I am less of a book purist by owning and reading on a Kindle is ridiculous. Just ask any of my paper and ink books if they feel betrayed. They don't. (Books don't have feelings.)
I believe reading can and should be beneficial to the Christian's growth in grace. This of course starts with reading the Bible, but continues with reading trusted Christian authors who help us understand and apply the scriptures to our lives. It involves reading broadly to understand more of the world that God has made and the good things he has given us to enjoy in that world.
So let me give you a few reasons why I enjoy my e-reader. Just a note - I have the Kindle Touch, which is no longer available from Amazon. It has been replaced with the new and theoretically improved Kindle Paperwhite.
What do you think? Sacrilegious? Have an e-reader yourself and love it? What pros or cons have I left off of the list?
As with most any technology, this could be used for your benefit as a follower of Jesus or to your detriment. Read well and use your time well!
While I agree with your reasons why an ereader is a wonderful invention, I still seem to hold on to my reservations about using one. I, too, like to know how far I am from the end of a chapter, but that's a little moot in my opinion, and a book's battery life is by far better than a Kindle's; I jest.
10/15/2012 01:26:39 pm
Good thoughts, Daniel. I too hope that books never disappear (nor do I think they will). Here's a few thoughts on your thoughts.
12/3/2012 11:36:55 pm
My kindle has revolutionized my ability to read. By having the app on my phone, I have my "book" with me all of the time. I read much more now than I used. Love it.
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