Kindle and the new car smell

    Maybe it's the effects of nostalgia setting in...looking at paperbacks of the past through red wine-colored spectacles.

    The Kindle case I finally decided on, M-Edge Latitude Kindle Jacket in Black.
    The Kindle case I finally decided on, M-Edge Latitude Kindle Jacket in Black.

    Maybe it’s the effects of nostalgia setting in…looking at paperbacks of the past through red wine-colored spectacles.

    I’ve owned my trusty Amazon Kindle 3 for 2 months and I’m on my third book, the last book of the Stieg Larsson trilogy, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. After a couple of months, it is fair to say the newness of my Kindle has worn off. I miss this part of reading books.

    Reading books in the form of paperbacks instead of an electronic reader gives one a sense of novelty each and every time you start a new book. I realized I miss admiring the artwork on the cover, the font used for the words and even the different textures and color of the paper. Having worked on the publication of newspapers and even a technical reference manual, I can appreciate the thought that goes into the multitude of decisions when publishing in paper. Perhaps you can’t relate to this. The feeling is akin to what most folks describe as the “new car smell”.

    With an electronic reader, once the new gadget glow has worn off (for me around 2 months), you may be reading a completely different novel, but the form factor is still the same. The soft, dull texture of my graphite-colored Kindle has passed its days of being novel and I have not owned it long enough for it to be familiar, like a well-worn pair of jeans or sneakers.

    When zipped up, this Kindle 3 case keeps dust and dirt off. Unlike the leather cases that just fold over, there is no gap along the edge.

    To help me make this transition, I finally decided on a Kindle case. For a while, I was certain I was going to get the leather Amazon Kindle case with light in black. But after some more consideration though, I liked the fact that the M-Edge Latitude Kindle Jacket allowed you to zip around the entire case. It just seemed more rugged when thrown into my laptop bag or my purse. The other thing I liked about it was that the light which can be purchased separately slips into the case, uses standard AAA batteries, and you don’t have to decide to get the light when you purchase the case. Also, if there is a problem with the light, you can purchase a replacement.

    My thoughts about paperbacks may just be a romanticized version of the true experience, remembering only the good and missing out on all the challenges of paperbacks. How thick and heavy they used to make my laptop bag on travels. To come to a fair assessment, I would need to revisit the past and read a book in paper form.

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    • Lynn

      No, I don’t miss paper books. I don’t miss wondering how many of them I’ll need to cram into my bag for a trip in order not to run out of reading material. I don’t miss the too-small font size of many mass market paperbacks. And I don’t miss not being able to lay on my side when I read, which is almost impossible with paper books. (I have a bad back). The very few drawbacks of ebooks are far outweighed by the huge benefits, as far as I’m concerned.

      • Thank Lynn for wiping away some of the rosiness from my wine-colored glasses. I think nostalgia is this optimist’s plight ;-).

    • Danny – Kindle Case Blog

      You know you can just use a book as a case? It’s not quite the easiest task in the world – but at least you could get that well worn book smell –

      • Thanks Danny for some creative ideas on making your own Kindle case. I especially like the idea of turning an old pair of jeans into a jacket for your case. It would be a great way to dress down your Kindle for vacation (perhaps to Loreto, Baja?) or on a casual Friday.

    • Kimberlyinmn

      Great article! Don’t forget that you can also put on removable skins (like from to make your Kindle seem “new” again. :)

      • Thanks Kimberly for making me feel not alone in my sentiments.

    • Dick

      Really enjoyed your post and look forward to reading more. I hope you don’t mind I linked to your site on my own blog so that my followers can read it.


      • Thanks Dick for the shout out on your blog! Appreciate you like my ramblings about my Kindle.