We have a children’s book called Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates in our house which is gorgeous. It has a lovely story with beautiful pictures of a little dog who loves books so much he opens a book store. What I love about the little dog though is the drawing from the book at the top here. This is how I feel about books with a bit of a twist: I love books so much that sometimes I want to get into the story, just like this little dog is lying in the book.
I adore print books but I also love my Kindle as well. To tell you the truth I wasn’t sure if I would like my Kindle. One of the great joys in my life is to come back with a bag overflowing with library books or to find a recent book purchase sitting in my letter box. There is something about being able to turn a page which is, by the very action, relaxing.
But if I’m so keen on the printed word, why do I like my Kindle? There are all the “administrative” type things – I can buy books so much quicker and cheaper than any other method. Search, click, buy. The book is delivered instantly and I can start reading now. The much cheaper cost of an e-book is also a huge positive.
Source: Simply Bike on Flickr
So what is the reading experience like though? I’ve read all sorts of books on my Kindle and I still have that same little dog feeling – I enjoy the story and just want to stay in the story. The e-ink screen makes it almost identical to reading a printed page. If the publisher has formatted the photos properly, the photos can be fantastic. My only problem is that I often feel like I’m “clicking” a lot. To turn the page you click the little side bar and as I read fairly quickly, I can feel like I’m clicking a lot.
Source: Follow the White Bunny on Flickr
Do craft books work on Kindle? I must admit I haven’t actually bought a sewing pattern book or a knitting pattern book for my Kindle. My personal craft library is already pretty big so I’m trying not to buy anymore! For a knitting pattern book I think Kindle, or an iPad with the Kindle App, the book would work well. For a sewing pattern book where you need to trace the pattern pieces, that would be a bit tricky I think. Maybe if the book came with a link to download the patterns that might work.
Like the little dog in that book, I love my books. I love that a book is a story packaged up to take me, the reader into that world. Now with e-books, the story is still the same it is just delivered differently. I am very thankful that I am living through this exciting time in books – now I can feed my reading habit with both print books and e-books!
Advance Notice: Very exciting! We will be meeting these fascinating crafty girls soon. My next book Crafty Girls Talk will be out very soon!