That's pretty much the same thing I do -- I used to use the library quite a bit when I was little, despite the librarian glowering over her glasses at me because I insisted on checking out books from the "adult" section, but the library's emphasis now is so much on current stuff that they rarely have anything I'm looking for anyway.
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Now I use my local library quite frequently, after more than a decade or more of not using public libraries. Mostly I used them when I feel in the mood for either popular fiction or catching up on classical literature. Also I take my 3 year old with me and we have a fun time: he picks up some kids books, I pick up Maughan or Bugakov or whatever and we sit in the big comfy chairs and read (or in his case look at pictures) together for 30 minutes or so. I also rent DVD from them from time to time. Its a nice familly thing to do.
I spend so much money on non-fiction for work, research etc. it is hard for me to spend money on fiction that I read in a day or two and will never read again. So the library works well for that.
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now... if I could read on Kindle all the biographies from the teens and 1920s ... from Paris and New York,all the rare and hard to find editions, all those forgotten books ...that take me weeks and months to find... if Kindle has all that I will get a Kindle.
Otherwise I will do it the old fashion way I have been doing it all this time and visit the second books shops locally or get it on special bookshops online.
If Kindle has that ok...if it doesn't ---I DON"T NEED YOU KINDLE POO
Think of it this way: lugging several books around when traveling is a great opportunity to exercise both mind AND body at the same time!
You are building valuable family memories with your child that no gadget can replace.
My wife and I spent many hours at bookstores with our son doing just what you do. I've no doubt these experiences helped him become the young adult he is today.
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