Yesterday, I lost my Kindle Paperwhite during commute. If it’s when I stepped down from the jeepney or when I boarded the bus or when I changed bus seats, I don’t know. Have I left it or was it stolen?
It is just really sad to lose something that I really love, something that I always bring wherever I go. I still read physical books, yes. I still buy paperbacks. But I got used to reading using an e-reader. It is just so convenient for me especially during travels. I can read long books without the disadvantages of bringing a heavy thick book. I can bring more books. And I can read in the dark!
So after panicking and realizing that my Kindle is really gone, what did I do?
- I cried. Yes, on the bus. From Batangas to Manila. Haha! I wonder what my seatmate was thinking about then. That time, I haven’t thought that I could easily buy a new one if I really wanted to. I just felt so devastated losing a favorite thing, something that always accompanies me during travels and commute.
- I sent a text message to my bookish friend telling her what I lost. I sent a message to my reading buddies in our Ghostwritten chat thread. I sent a text message to my bookish aunt. I sent a message to my siblings group chat. I just needed to tell it to people who will understand what I was going through.
- I tweeted, just to get it out of my chest. I initially decided to post it on Facebook, but I rarely post complains and those kinds of stuff there. I seldom tweet but Twitter has been my outlet of frustrating statements lately. I know it’s kinda inappropriate especially to my followers but… Well, I can tweet whatever I want. Heh!
- I searched Amazon and other online stores for Kindle Paperwhite and Voyage. I checked the prices and the advantages of a Voyage versus a Paperwhite. I don’t know yet when I’ll buy a new one. Still thinking. Tight budget. 🙂
- I downloaded the Kindle App for Android. Thanks to Amazon for storing purchased books in the Cloud. At least I can still read them using my phone, for now.
- I kept telling people what happened whenever they ask me if I was okay. I probably looked so unhappy yesterday.
- I deregistered my Kindle in my Amazon account. This is to prevent further purchases on my credit card using the Kindle. So it’s really goodbye now.
- I downloaded another e-book reader app. This is for the e-books that I have which I didn’t purchase in Amazon. I’m not sure if I could read third-party e-books in the Kindle App. I haven’t figured it out yet.
- I transferred the e-book that I am currently reading to my phone. Good thing I still have a copy in my office PC. I started reading but I’m still struggling. I don’t know how long I could do this. I find it straining to the eyes. I don’t know, maybe I’m just not used to it. After this book, I think I’ll be reading a paperback next.
- And before sleeping, I sent a text message again to my friend. Because I accidentally deleted the book that I’m reading on my phone! I thought I was only deleting it in the app. Gaaah! I still don’t know how to use it.
I am thinking that maybe losing my Kindle e-reader is a sign. Maybe a reminder that I should read more physical books, read those books sitting on my shelves for a long time now? Or maybe it’s a sign that I should read less, allot more time for other important things? Either way, I’m still mourning.