What’s the deal with Kindle?

January 18, 2010 in Technology by pacejmiller

Everyone’s talking about Kindle these days.

You know, that hand-held device you can read books on.  I even saw my first one in use on the train last week by some  woman with a squished face who was holding it all wrong.  She seemed pretty pleased with herself too (total ‘tool’ vibe), which made it even more irritating.

I think I did a post on Kindle a while back, and at the time I conveyed some scepticism.  Surely people prefer reading from paper rather than machine, don’t they?  There is no way Kindle will ever replace the good old paperback novel…is there?

Well, apparently sales are going up and people are starting to latch onto the idea.  Sure, the device is way more expensive (US$259 at Amazon) than your average book , but at 10.2 ounces, it’s lighter than your average paperback, and you can fit up to 1,500 books on one machine.  It would be way easier than lugging say 5 books around in your suitcase when you go on vacation (or even a student with multiple text books).

With 3G wireless connection, you can download books quickly, and they are cheaper than what you’ll pay at your local bookseller.

But what about the feel of that crisp new book in your hand?  Or the yellowing pages of an old classic?  Or smell of both?  What about your tired eyes which are already used on computer screens all day?  And most of all, what about all that pirating that is sure to follow on a massive scale?

Argh, what the crap.  I dunno anymore.


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