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books vs kindles

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I have a passionate love affair with books. Walking into a bookshop is my kind of Heaven. One of my dreams in life is to open a bookshop with an attached coffeeshop. The greatest gift I could be given is a book. From a very young age both my parents encouraged reading and always bought us books as kids. I often dream of having a library or a reading room in my own home filled with books I have collected over time, my own little Shangrila.

The smell of a new book is intoxicating and turning crisp clean pages a big turn on . So last night in a Tweet converstion with a friend and MC about the much acclaimed Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy , we were both told why are we not using Kindle or an E-reader. My response was about the smell and clean crisp pages to which I was told Kindle is a crisp clean page everytime . I further prompted MC about his reasoning to which he replied he just wants people to stop chopping trees. So this got me thinking about books vs Kindle , well the merits included being able to carry around a ton of books at the same time without adding to the weight of my already heavy handbag, buying books immediately (bank balance beware), not been embaressed to buy books like Fifty Shades of Grey,books never out of stock (Onion Tears/Holy Cow), saving our environment to leave a legacy for our children are just some of the positives about switching over . Now for the cons I personally love the feel of a new book , the smell , the passing of books onto others, personal inscriptions inside books, walking into a book shop to browse, the reading of bedtime stories ……

This topic has really got me thinking since last night so thank you MC. So I guess I need to try out the kindle /E-reader/iPad as a carrier for my books. Come to think of it in Fifty Shades of Grey , Christian gives Ana an iPad will a downloaded library of classic books (how romantic !) , several of his playlists and photos of them together. I would so love a man to do that for me 🙂

In the UK last year several libraries closed down ,was this the cause of digi media taking over. I love books , but I love technology too so hence I am sitting on the fence with this one until I try one of the many digital forms of reading.So if anyone is wanting to help me figure this one out feel free to buy/give me any of the abovementioned digital items so that I could be swayed to think and act more green about my future book choices. Ciao for now my techno loving friends……….

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without you….

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This morning after a mission with bad internet signal , I made my self a cup of tea and thought how did we survive before without all this technology .

I recall my last flight home to SA , handbag contents included a mobile phone , digital camera, camcorder , DsLite consol, external hard drive and a few USB sticks and a cute pink netbook among my other girlie must haves. Strange to think that one could have so much technology in a handbag .

Seems hard to believe it but yes we did survive ,wrote letters , called people and visited more often. Life as we know it has been taken over by the rat race and our best method of contact now seems email , BBM, Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter.I recall my first few months back from London and how  I felt so cut off from the world especially my friends overseas. It was like like living in the Stone Age until I got internet access and a mobile phone.

I then realised how we in South Africa were recieving so little for the extremely high prices we paid for net access and mobile contracts. Having been an Apple mobile user in the UK I have had to downgrade to a Blackberry purely out of the finances of the mobile plans availlable.We need to make technology available to all in SA to ensure a techno savy society.Ciao for now my lovelies ………