52 comments on “Kindling

  1. I don’t know–I’m awfully partial to my “books”, the kind you hold with 2 hands–gripping or hugging, as you turn the pages. Not sure I can move into the new age…

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  2. Paul, this is a beautiful poem that conveys exactly how I feel about books. While I was reading it I was thinking about how attached I feel to my favourite books. I still haven’t given in to the digital age…not sure if I ever will. x

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  3. books like immortal fountine of pleasure this how i feel each time i embrace one of them , i remember when i had so many and i dont have much space to store them , i had to give them away this was a real pain it felt like im giving away a part of me i haven’t heal yet so i desided never to give a book a way unless …..
    thank for sharing

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  4. I resisted too– and then I realized that one book could carry hundreds of books. I have a library in my hand. I am in love. Plus there are more books available now then when I first bought my kindle. (I still have one of the clunky white ones– Kindle II? I think.)

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  5. I adore my Kindle and I often find myself almost in painful realization that I am constantly battling over books vs. my Kindle. I guess that’s why I have several books going at once; one on my Kindle, one near my bed, an audio in the car and my magazines I love too. I can’t even do the magazine think on Kindle..just hate not being able to tear out a page to keep! lol Love your blog!

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  6. I’ve managed to reach the boxes stage but I can’t bare to part with them as of yet. I just did this last weekend. I still kept the tattered ones. I love the look of a well read/loved book! Beautiful post!

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  7. Lovely poem. I too love real books, but I also find it sad to have them molding on dusty shelves so I usually borrow mine instead of borrowing them. I can’t get into reading electronic reading for long — it hurts my eyes.

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  8. Wow. I am not much one for explanations of written works–but I, too, was aghast at this giving away of prized pages…until your last paragraph made it all make sense. It IS sad to have beautiful treasures untouched. Good for you–and the world–that you passed them on.

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  9. I got a Kindle for Christmas. I am in love. I’m at a stage where I don’t quite need bifocals, and yet my eyes don’t always work quite like they used to, especially for reading. The Kindle can be brighter or dimmer (I have the kind with a built in light), the text larger or smaller. It’s lightweight and doesn’t hurt my creaky elbow to hold it up for long reading sessions.

    I named mine after a character out of my son’s imagination from his younger days. She’s my new bff.

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  10. Although Kindle can’t replace or replicate the sensory pleasure inherent in books, having a portable library touches a part of my brain that one book at a time cannot. It delights me no end to stick my Kindle in my bag and know that, no matter my mood, there are books galore at my fingertips.
    My sister persuaded me to part with some of my collection – passing the word on to others, she put it – and that made it a bit easier. Still have shelves full, right enough, that I can’t bring myself to part with. I dont really see it as a choice, anymore, of one over the other. They both give pleasure. And no one borrows my Kindle. Bonus! 😉

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  11. What a wonderful world of books surrounded you. When I moved to an apartment I found new homes and readers for my books. My children gave me my first Kindle. I loved being able to travel light and buy new books if I ran out. I now have a new Kindle with the cover that folds back all the way. Really good for one-handed reading. I’ve learned that the feeling of being totally immersed in reading a book doesn’t depend on either paper or electronics – it’s an end in itself.

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