06/03/2014

World Book Day 2014 | The Kindle Edition!

HAPPY WORLD BOOK DAY! I get so incredibly excited for World Book Day even though I'm no longer a child who gets free vouchers and a pass to dress up as one of the coolest characters in the world for school. Granted, I could still dress up, but seeing as this years WBD has fallen on the one day I'm not actually leaving the house/my desk, I couldn't really justify buying a costume especially given the sorry nature of my current financial/job situation! (Anyone out there fancy hiring me? I LIKE BOOKS.)

However, if I did have some spare pennies floating around, and as soon as I do, I know exactly how they're going to be spent - Darcy is going to get a pretty little present! Darcy, if you don't already know, is my beloved new Kindle Paperwhite (named after Darcy Lewis, not the ballerina lady) and currently she's dressed in Jean Valjean's (my old Kindle, keep up!) rather scruffy old cover. It's been loved, no doubt about that, but it's also showing signs of fading, wear and tear, and given that Darcy is so beautiful and so shiny and so new I think she also deserves a costume just for herself!

I've been searching around online for interesting and unusual covers and skins, and etsy in particular really came up trumps - so many book loving talented craftiness, all in once place! My main problem is going to be choosing one item, and I'll be sorely tempted to go all out and get Darcy and entire new wardrobe so she can dress up everyday of the week. Here are some of my favourites  - I'd also love some more recommendations, if any of you guys have ever come across anything remotely similar and splendidly beautiful!










Is it bad to talk about Kindles on World Book Day? I think not, a story is a story and a book is a book... this might surprise people, as I'm such a fan of  'actual' books, but Jean Valjean won my heart last year and now Darcy's arrived, I'm still completely in love with my e-reader! I've never understood why the answer to Book Vs Kindle can't just be 'both'. I choose both. And like beautiful book covers, I also like my Kindle to look pretty, so I'm so pleased there seems to be an ever growing market for skins and covers out there!

Where do you stand in the Book V Kindle brigade? Would having a fancy cover make any difference to your enthusiasm for ebooks? 

11 comments:

  1. I like both! Lots of authors I really like only sell their books as e-versions so it would seem like a severe case of cutting off your nose to spite your face to not read them just because I have to do it on a device rather than a page. Doesn't stop me buying a lot of "proper" books and I will always prefer to buy books by my favourite authors in paper form, even if it's more expensive that way. I'm happiest when surrounded by books.

    Poor Kindle is slowly dying though :(

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    1. This is a really good point! I've discovered a lot of 'new' authors via Kindle/Kindle Daily Deals etc whom I probably wouldn't have found or stumbled across had I just been looking for books to buy, so that's a positive for sure.

      I'm the same with most loved series or treasured titles, I always like to have a complete set of my most favourite 'real' books! Jean Valjean died just after Christmas sadly, but as he was luckily still under warranty Amazon replaced him with Darcy free of charge :) Guessing yours is a bit older though?

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  2. I love books but since space is a bit of a premium for me at the moment, I also make use of my Kindle quite often. I like raiding the free downloads although some of them are dire, so it's a bit hit and miss.
    I'm also experimenting with making kindle cases from the leftovers of my dressmaking fabrics :)

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    1. Yup, I find this too - it's great that ebooks means pretty much anyone can get their words and ideas out there without having to be accepted by an agent or publisher, but on the other hand this also means there's some truly AWFUL stuff to plough through!

      I'd really like to see the cases you make with your leftover material, you could have your kindle match your outfit then! So cool ;D

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  3. I still haven't got a cover for my PaperWhite - I like the triangle one tho! :) I'm actually more Kindle than books now - reading a real paper book is so much more cumbersome now! Ha.

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    1. The triangle one is VERY cool, I love the colours. There's so many graphicsy/yellow ones on etsy, I think you'd be in your element choosing one!

      And I totally get what you mean, at the moment I seem to read more on Kindle just because the books are cheaper and I don't have a lot of room for 'real' books at my Mum's house - plus I don't wanna buy loads and then have the hassle of transporting them when I move!

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  4. I've read a couple of books on my phone (or 'phablet' as some might call it given that it's a huge Galaxy Note... :P) using the Kindle app but I definitely enjoy reading a real book much more! I love the whole tactile experience (and the pretty covers!) and just feeling switched off from technological things. I might feel a bit differently if I had a proper Kindle though! xx

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    1. I must thank you for introducing me to the word 'phablet', it just made my day! Haha. A real Kindle is actually so much difference to reading on a 'screen', whilst obviously you don't feel paper it does LOOK very much like paper, and it's not shiny or bright or anything (unless you get the Fire, which I reeeeally don't like, that model IS just a glorified tablet!)

      xx

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  5. That blue embossed leather case is beautiful! My Kindle lives in a Paperchase cover that is starting to feel it's age... I usually have one real book and one Kindle book on the go at all times, I don't understand why people seem to think you have to choose!
    I really like your blog and have nominated you for the Leibster Award over on my blog. Please let me know if you do the post :)

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    1. Isn't it just!?

      And exactly, having a Kindle doesn't mean you don't like or don't read 'real' books, nor is it a substitute - my friend once said it's like having esculators and staircases, they're different but there's a demand and a purpose for both!

      Thanks so much for the nomination, I'll definitely fit the questions into a post really soon! I'm so pleased you like my little blog :) xx

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  6. wow great collection.Thanks for sharing this.

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