The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

Making the Jump to the Digital World

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I have been struggling with reading the last few years. Not in the sense of being unable to actually read words, but rather with actually sitting down, grabbing a book, opening said book, and reading the words on the page. Much like being a lazy writer, I was finding that I was also a lazy reader. I would start and stop books simply because I didn’t want to take them with me, or because it had become an inconvenience, or because I could make any excuse possible for not wanting to read away from what I teach. It was sad, and frankly, I was sad because of it.

I have struggled with idea of moving to an e-reader. I love the feel, and smell of a book, and the thought of holding onto another device just wasn’t sitting well with me. That being said, I’m attached to my phone like it’s a 6th finger, and I figured that maybe it wasn’t such a bad idea to add another device into my world, because maybe I’d reach for that instead of a book.

So, last night, I made the leap into the digital world, and bought myself a Kindle Fire HD. I worried that it would feed into my ADD brain, and that I would be distracted by all the pretty colors and fun apps, but surprisingly – at least so far – I’ve read almost 150 pages of Slaughterhouse Five, and I seem to be doing just fine. It’s a beautiful screen that actually looks like a book page, and I’m able to highlight inside it, write notes to myself, and do everything that I would normally do with a book – with the obvious exception of writing in it with a pen, or occasionally folding a page to keep my place.

I’ll never give up buying books that I love, but this does allow me the option of checking out books from a digital library, which means I’ll save a bit of money. Also, I can bring it with me wherever I go, and always have access to multiple books. I’m okay with the transition. It needed to happen.

 

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

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