One of the big developments during my blog hiatus (other than the change of jobs and home), is that I now own a Kindle.
Initially I thought I'd only use it for holidays and long journeys, to save carting about multiple books. I thought that I'd still buy second-hand books and go to the library. But quickly, the Kindle replaced other books and became the only thing I read.
That means I'm stuck buying electronic book things from the evil tax dodging corporation, which isn't ideal. But it is a hard habit to break.
The same with music. Whilst we may own music on vinyl, CD and even some dusty tapes, I only listen to music on my iPod or 6 Music on the digital radio.
This week Primal Scream released a new album. Alongside dogs, striped dresses and Danish pastries, I can't resist a Primal Scream album. But rather than just download it, I decided to actually buy it. To buy the actual CD (admittedly not vinyl) in an actual real shop.
While I was in the shop (Fop), I also picked up another CD (Vampire Weekend's new one) and two paperbacks. And I remembered how much I liked buying actual books in a shop.
So a return to happier, low-tech times?
Not exactly - the CDs have been transferred to the iPod and the paperbacks are still unread in the bag.
But perhaps a (retrograde) step in the right direction?