Daily Bookshot: In Perfect Harmony

In Perfect Harmony, originally uploaded by Robert Burdock.

I may have said once or twice already that I’m in love with my new Kindle, but really I am. I’ve owned an ereader for a couple of years now (a Sony one), but I’ve never been able to integrate it into my reading routine as easily or as invisibly as I have with the Kindle. Take yesterday for instance, I returned to my ongoing Maupassant Monday series, and it was the first time that I’d loaded Maupassant stories on to the Kindle since getting it. Using SENDtoREADER, the whole process was instantaneous and straightforward, and really rather enjoyable. So much easier than the system I had to employ to get the same texts on to my Sony.

I’m chuffed to bits with the Kindle I really am, but it doesn’t mean that I’m anywhere close to rating ereaders over traditional books. I’ve long been a strong believer that both can coexist together, in perfect harmony. See here in today’s bookshot for example, here’s my Kindle huddled with two short story collections I’m about to start working my way through – Clemens Meyer’s All the Lights (forethoughts) and The Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology 4 (forethoughts) – and they all are sitting in the sun together, getting along swimmingly.

Yep, in my mind ereaders and traditional books are the perfect partners, but what do you think? Do you own an ereader and find like me that it’s compatible with your traditional reading, or do you thing that they’re the work of the devil? Through fear of feeling like you’ve cheated on the book in its traditional form, have you stubbornly resisted embracing the written word in a digital form, or do you find yourself reading more electronically these days? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).


  1. I have a nook (Barnes & Noble’s reader) and I love it, though I will never move away from printed books, ever. It is extremely convenient when travelling and I find it much easier reading in bed before I go to sleep.

    • Rob (Twitter: robaroundbooks)

      I’ve heard many good things about the Nook Suzanne, but living here the UK, well I’ve never even had the chance to hold one :(. Got to agree with you on the reading in bed point. It’s non-changing form is so useful isn’t it? (I especially like mine for ‘walk reading’.