Ever since I can remember, books (fiction, as a matter of fact) have been the greatest magic pill for me. Reading helps me to travel to distant lands I could never hope to be able to travel to, face foes from different worlds, kiss knights or kings, solve crimes, find killers, and face terrible horrors.
|Some of my books|
I have loved to read books for many, many years. Even when I moved to our small rural village in India in 1997, my love of reading books never waned -- it actually became much worse because the type of books I loved to read were not easily available. I had a very hard time trying to get my hands on books.
The nearest book store that had the latest bestsellers was 2.5 hours away by car! (And I did not have a car then so it took a lot longer than that to go by bus.) I swear I had to grapple with withdrawal symptoms!
Then, I managed to download the Kindle App for PC from Amazon. Then I learned I could buy e-books! E-books! I could now buy any book I wanted to read and have them ready for reading any time I feel like it. Then I managed to get a Kindle (one of the happiest days of my life!)
Now I can sit at home (in my hole-iest old t-shirts and faded track pants) and browse among thousands of books. I can satisfy my bookaholism (yup... I know that is not really a word) without having to take the bus or drive the car.
I definitely consider the e-book as one of my favorite things :)