Are you Team Kindle or Team Book?

Earlier this week I talked  a little bit about how I like the latest and greatest of all techy/gadgety things.  I love them.  I got a Fitbit the second it came out, I have speaker lights in my kitchen, I would be lost without my Apple TV, refractometer or hair dryer.  It’s still high tech.  At least it was at one point.

But then there’s this other side of me.  The side that always goes with the classic, the original, the tried and true.  Nothing fancy thank you very much … just a coffee.  A regular coffee.  A plain coffee.  With just coffee in it.

So regarding the whole Kindle VS Book-Book debate I could swing either way.  It’s a crapshoot.  Does she like the Kindle or does she like actual books?  She doesn’t know because she’s never tried a Kindle.


I get the whole e-reader thing.  It’s convenient and cool and you can have books INSTANTLY and you can carry around an entire library with you.  But it’s not a book.  And I like books.

I like turning down the corner of the pages, underlining words that I like (or don’t know), looking at the cover as I close the book before going to sleep, and I just like the tactile feel of it. I especially like the sound of turning pages.  Books.  I like ’em.  And yes. I really do turn down page corners and underline things (in pencil).  You can take your hand away from your mouths now.

I’ve tried to read books on my iPad a few times and I got through them and thought it was kind of neat but not enjoyable the way my regular book reading is for some reason.  Because of that I’ve never bought a Kindle or a Kobo.

While I was writing this post I looked up about Kindles to see if maybe I could be swayed by their high tech glossy good looks.

This Kindle Voyage almost swayed me.

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How did it almost sway me?  Because it’s the latest and greatest version.  The exact thing I’m always a sucker for.

People love e-readers for vacations because they can take 6 books with them without taking up any space at all in their luggage, but I don’t go on a ton of vacations. And even when I do it seems it’s to places where I’m running from one place to another from morning until night.  There isn’t a lot of relaxation and reading going on in my vacations.   Wandering and getting lost. That’s what goes on during my vacations.  And a lot of time is spent getting an exchange rate headache,  trying to figure out if that bowl costs $40 or 12 cents.

After my post last week about book recommendations a few people asked about whether I use a Kindle and even more people stopped me in the street to talk about them.

I’m team book.

And you?

Team Kindle or Team Book?  And why.

Before I let you all get to your weekend:

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Have a good weekend and I’ll see you here on Monday for this year’s Great Gargantuan Giftmas Giveaway!










  1. Sheila says:

    I’m puzzled about the entry for the massive ginormous Xmas giveaway which has just appeared in my mailbox with instructions on entering plus a concentrated that it’s too late! Please explain or I’ll send you a warty haggis from the Scottish Highlands! X

  2. Sheila says:

    Why concentrated has appeared in my last post is open for debate or explanations….it was meant to be comment…..obviously too much warty haggis!

    • Karen says:

      Ha! Warty haggis is cursing you apparently. I’m not sure why you only got that email now Sheila. The contest started on Monday and entries closed at midnight last night. Your email must have got stuck in cyber space. 🙁 ~ karen!

  3. Yabut says:

    I’m for real books all the way. I do read e-books from time to time, but I seem to run out of power just as things get exciting.

  4. Vanessa says:

    I LOVE books! They fill my bookshelves, are stacked in corners and topple out of my closet. I like the way they look, smell and feel. I have the utmost respect for books. That being said, I LOVE my Kindle! I order things from the library and found a website that puts together a daily list of books that are on sale…for FREE! I can play games, check my email, read or watch movies on it. I carry it with me always. But as awesome as my kindle is, it will never replace a good book. I also don’t respect it, I enjoy it. I have noticed that I like to buy the classics on paper while “Junk” books I am happy to read on kindle.
    Also, I tend to read good books over and over again. Fahrenheit 451, read it like 30 times. Jane Austen, read most of her books over 10 times. Something well written that I can get lost in is a keeper and must be tangible. And then some times I buy it for my kindle cause you never know when you are going to want to run into Mr Darcy.

  5. Teresa says:

    Am I the only one who finds it funny that we are ALL reading this (our favorite blog) and all the comments on some type of “reader”?
    Eeek! What if we had to wait for the book?

    Of course, with all the firmly in team book comments, it seems clear that you are ovedue for the print copy of “The Best of The Art of Doing Things” volume 1
    You’re welcome.

    Also, out of the blue (grey, really, as we are now under the winter uni-cloud) this morning, I thought, Karen should use the word, bedecked. Because you actually bedeck things. And, although I can build and rig and fix most things and possibly outswear you, – I did almost leap from my chair with excitement when you mentioned steam bending wood- I’m not a bedecker.


  6. leslie says:

    Well, I’m late to the party as usual but here goes:
    While I love my iPad mini for so many reasons- mostly regarding travel and being able to find my f—ing iPhone (which always seems to be wandering off somewhere, probably looking for another iPhone to play with), trying to read a whole book on some kind of e-tablet is like having a cappuccino without REAL milk or pancakes without REAL maple syrup or eating a dry baked potato with no sour cream, butter, etc. (what???). I could go on but I’m just saying, it doesn’t bring the satisfaction of really READING unless you are holding back pages, turning them as you progress and dog ear-ing and underlining and feeling that paper under your fingers knowing that you are one in a long, long, long line of so many lucky human beings over so many centuries to be lost in a story in just this way.

  7. Tara says:

    Team book! I would be sure to drop my Kindle in the bath.

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