I have often said that I’m not ready to make the switch to e-books, that I still need books, that I have a strong connection to the thing itself. But I have also acknowledged that it might be fun, or at least convenient, to travel with an e-reader. It appears that today is the day when I will find out.
I guess you could say that I’m a Luddite when it comes to electronics. It’s not that I’m opposed to new technology. Not at all. I just want the new technology that I had twenty years ago. But yesterday my cell phone died. My flip phone. I can’t go out of town today without a cell phone. So I went to the verizon store and, after some soul searching, agreed that it was time for a smart phone. As the salesman was ringing up my purchase, he informed me that I was eligible for a Father’s Day promotion. A free tablet.
A tablet. My head was spinning. I’ll be flying to Florida in a few hours. Tomorrow I’ll be flying back home. And I won’t be packing any hardcovers or paperbacks; I won’t be bringing any newspapers or magazines. I’ll be reading e-books. I’m still a Luddite, but now I’m a Luddite with a new toy.