|What you gonna do, Brother Kindle?!|
Prolific author Penelope Lively has stated, well, here's the full quote:
“But as a general way of reading books, no. It seems to me that anyone whose library consists of a Kindle lying on a table is some sort of bloodless nerd.” [Telegraph]
Dude, I think she was talking about us! I am almost offended. Almost. I have to admit "bloodless nerd" is a pretty good turn of phrase.
Here's where I take issue, though. I read a lot of crap. I went to school for English, read all kinds of great literature from old dusty tomes, and still have shelves of the greatest of literature of all time. So now I read what I want, what's fun. But I don't want that crap on my shelf. So when a cheap, shelf-saving way to get the books that I enjoy comes along I am all about it. Hell, I have promised to read 100 Banned Books by October 1st (I'm working hard, don't push me), and my library does not stock some of these because, well, they are controversial. I also don't want Gossip Girl on my shelves. Again, cheap, shelf saving. Would I rather curl up with a good book, feel the pages turn, make notes in the margin? Hell, yes, but I do not need to be reprimanded because I am being fiscally and spatially responsible.
So call me a 'bloodless nerd.' Just don't call me a Twilight fan.