…I own an iPad.
That picture up there? Taken with my iPad. What’s more, I took it at one of those trendy coffee shops that serves slow pour coffee. It’s a favorite spot for young professionals and social media types in my town (all of them Mac users). And just to seal the deal, I ordered one of those slow pour coffees instead of my usual cheapest-item-on-the-menu drip coffee, which, by the way, tasted of tomato soup.
Yep, I am that person.
Before you all unfriend/unfollow/unsubscribe me (whatever), let me explain. It was a gift. A hugely generous, completely unexpected, throat-in-my-mouth gift from my family Secret Santa this year (we draw names). Believe me, I’m still in shock. Most of the time we give each other handmade gifts; this year I gave my person a box of LUSH soaps. I did try not accepting it, but finally had to accept it as the amazing, generous gift that it was. Sometimes all you can do when you’re given one of those is say thank you and sit down. And so today I own an iPad.
I know what you’re thinking. What about all those things you said about ebooks and ereaders being poop? I know. And that brings me to the point of this post.
I own an iPad and I have yet to purchase an ebook.
I admit that it is one fine piece of technology. I have spent more hours playing Angry Birds than I care to admit. Plus, it’s beautifully portable so makes for easy browsing, emailing and light working on the go. I’ve also found it a useful tool when visiting shops for my indie features. No complaints on the camera feature either and, in fact, I’d go so far as say it’s even pretty good. (No worse than my usual photography). Plus, I can type notes easily on it when I’m interviewing people or writing down my observations.
But when it came time to buy a new book this week, you know, I just couldn’t bring myself to spend money on an ebook that doesn’t actually, physically exist. There’s no question that if I were to obtain an ebook I’d buy it through an indie provider, but for the cost of the ebook I’d rather just have the book book. Oh dear, I sound so old fashioned. But it’s true. If I’m going to spend money, I want to hold whatever it is I’ve bought in my hands. I want to be able to loan it out after I’ve finished reading it. I want to take it into the bath with me.
Still, I’m all for being open minded. Maybe one day I’ll read an ebook on my iPad and then write a new post listing its merits and/or shortcomings. But until that day, I’ll continue to use my iPad to play Angry Birds, catch up on emails and watch hilarious interviews with a one year-old, and then, when my eyes are good and tired of looking at a bright screen, switch to paper and ink for my reading pleasure.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you own an iPad, kindle, nook, or iPhone? (I’m still old school in that department – I rock a flip phone.) Would you ever move your personal library completely to the electronic realm? Have you already?