I watch way too much TV. Especially with my recent fatigue/being sick problem, I’m a total couch potato. I hate it.
Way back prior to working in the pay TV industry, I actually used to read more than I watched TV. After thinking about this the past few weeks and attempting to figure out exactly why I stopped, the reason was pretty simple. I work so much and have such crazy hours that it’s simply not easy for me to get new reading material. I’m never anywhere near a book store. Granted, I could order books online, but it’s just not convenient. It’s much easier to just pick up the remote and turn the TV on.
To make it more convenient, after a fair amount of research I made the decision to purchase an eReader. At the Consumer Electronics Show in January of this past year (which I attended for work), eReaders were all the rage and I didn’t understand why. Vendors claimed they were “environmentally friendly”, to which I thought how the hell could an electronic device that doesn’t decompose and will be obsolete in less than two years be more eco-friendly than bound pieces of paper? At least paper decomposes, right? So I wouldn’t even allow myself to consider one being the eco-crazed beotch I am.
What I didn’t take into account was the amount of toxic chemicals and water that go into printing and producing books. So depending on how many books you read, the eReader actually has less of a carbon footprint than the actual book. Learning this, based on how much I read it kinda made me realize comparing the two is almost a wash. I might as well get the eReader, have it be more convenient for me to get reading material, and actually challenge my brain than deteriorate it by watching TV.
After reading the seemly endless, raving reviews on Amazon over the Kindle, I knew that was the eReader for me. I wanted to be cheap and order the WiFi only version but it didn’t come in white so I splurged and got the WiFi/3G one. At least the 3G is included for life in the price.
No one can ever get a new, technology oriented product without feeling the need to pimp it out. I mean, come on you have to protect your investment with a case, and that case has to match your personality. Only problem with this with the Kindle (and Nook and other eReaders from what I hear) is all the manufactured cases are leather. Poopies!
Thank god for Etsy. Etsy has tons of vendors that make vegan cases for electronic devices, the Kindle included. I purchased a slick, op-artish looking one from a vendor called freemoment. Oh yeah and did I mention it was hella cheaper than whatever you’d purchase from Amazon? I can’t wait to receive it.
I got my Kindle early last week and so far I love it. It makes it so easy to have ADD while reading. Being you have all your books loaded into one device, you can choose what you want to read depending on your mood. To start I’m reading the following three books, all of which have been on my “must read” list for a while.
- The China Study by T. Colin Campbell
- Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
What books are you currently reading? Any books I should add to my Kindle? Let me know!