Kindle just doesn’t ignite my passion

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Holywell Green


So the portable e-book reader in the form of ‘The Kindle’ has arrived and quite frankly, it leaves me cold.

From a young age I have had a passion for reading – but the passion for me comes not only from the reading but also the buying of the book, the turning of the pages and then popping it on my bookshelf. I’ve spent many a happy hour sifting through book shops to find my next read – a delight in itself.

Some may say I’m not moving with the times – especially those who remark my mobile phone should have a place on the Antique Roadshow but, for me, there is no better feeling than sitting down for an hour of escapism with a proper good paper book.

The recent Million Book Give-Away for World Book Night demonstrated the passion for reading across our country – the delight on people’s faces when they were given a copy of one of the selected 25 titles was plain to see.

I was lucky enough to be one of the selected few to receive a copy of Alan Bennett’s, “A Life Like Other People’s” and I will be passing this on for others to enjoy. Thank goodness that a Kindle didn’t arrive in the post!

I am sure there are people out there who will see the benefits of the Kindle but, for me, I’ll stick with the old fashioned paper book thank you.

S Westaway