Multiplicity Magazine

Monday, November 15, 2010


This book is my next purchase. A Boston Terrier changed my life, and I too believe that dogs can teach us the secret to happiness. If you have spent a morning with one sniffing the autumn air, you can instantly be reminded in the beauty of the moment.

I'm anxious to purchase this book, but then I had to question myself. Do people buy books anymore? Am I one of the last?

I don't have a kindle.

Should I get one?

There is something about a book that is your own though, non? I like to underline, to fold pages, to revisit the book again & again. If I don't truly love it, just enjoyed it, then I pass it on to a friend with like tastes. Waste of money? Waste of space? I just don't know. If you love kindle, let me know why. I'm open to less clutter! But to part with my books? My favorite books?

When JFK Jr. announced to the world that his mother had passed he described her leaving this world surrounded by the things and people she loved. He mentioned her books. It struck a chord with me. I understood it. I have carried some books with me in a purse much like a good luck charm, or a shot of courage. I have revisited passages in doctor's offices, funeral homes, and in the car before a job interview. My Grandmother's bible still smells like her perfume. It's such a treasure.

Emily Dickinson said, "there is no frigate like a book, To take us lands away..." Can we travel the same way with a kindle? Is the emotional bond the same?


  1. I have a nook and love it. I actually read MORE because of it!

  2. "The computer can only reproduce the information in a book and never the joyfull experience of reading it", from Reading the OED by Ammon Shea. I second this.

  3. I don't have a kindle, I just can't bring myself to get one yet. I'm sure they're convenient, but you can't curl up with a kindle.