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Electronic Devices

I wish everyone could have two weeks vacation time at Christmas. Teaching is the best profession while I’m on winter vacation. Curling up and reading, visiting bookstores, visiting public libraries, drinking coffee leisurely at Waffle House while I’m reading on my new Kindle Fire. WhooHoo! My new Kindle Fire! These are the times I love being a librarian.

Last night at midnight I was curled up on the sofa with the laptop beside me blogging and playing Facebook games, my Android phone on the pillow so I could keep texting my friends and checking app’s, and the Kindle Fire in my left hand with a netbook connected transferring some of my netgalley’s and Project Gutenberg titles. I was connected to the Nashville Public Library preparing my new list of checkouts and editing the database of nonfiction titles I want to blog about soon.

At the same time, I was entertaining three dogs and two cats who needed petting and babytalk. I have boxes of children’s books sitting next to me and Milia kitty keeps trying to get in the box with the books.

But my electronic devices were distracting me. I knew Ken hadn’t read the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and since I have a month free of Kindle Prime I decided to watch the movie on my Kindle. Wisely Ken had given me headphones to use with my Kindle so I could either watch movies or listen to my favorite songs like the Sleepless in Seattle soundtrack without waking him.

Most of my librarian friends received Nooks and Kindles for Christmas, too.  I wonder if they are using them as much as I am. At the moment life is good. I can easily checkout books using NPL and Overdrive to send them to my Kindle and I don’t have to worry about overdue fines.

My love of the printed book is in no way diminished just because I have more access electronically. Instead I feel exhilarated at the possibilities. I’m currently reading six books simultaneously and I feel free to read at my superfast speed without anyone knowing exactly how fast I read. Yesterday I finished 4 novels and 10 children’s books while I appeared to just be looking at my screen. No one could interrupt me to ask if I was really reading or just flipping pages. And, no one could see exactly what I was reading so I could intersperse adult titles for pleasure reading with review titles.

Have electronic devices changed the way I read? Yes, but they have in no way taken away from the amount of titles I purchase either electronically or in print. Instead, I’m able to access sequels faster and branch out to new titles at an exciting speed.

Tell me, did you receive an e-reader for the holidays? How has your reading changed?