Last week was a big e-book discussion week. Barnes and Noble released it's new dedicated e-book reader, the Nook. There was a dust up about Kindle usage. And then there was the shocking revelation that *gasp* readers have rights too.
E-books, man. They're infiltrating schools. Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Conn., got rid of the 20,000 books in its school library, trading up to flatscreens, Kindles and computers only. And now that Google has paired with On Demand Books (the company that invented a book vending machine), schools could potentially serve up printed e-books in the public domain like cotton candy.
You are pretty familiar with your comfort zone. Your industry, your hobbies, your kids, your neighborhood. And you should be. That's easy. But what have you done lately to expand your mind, your knowledge? How have you challenged yourself?
received an Amazon Kindle 2 for my birthday and with the exception of
my children it is the best gift ‘73 (my husband) ever gave me. I love
this thing, I want to marry it and give it babies…a dozen or more
little Kindles running around and we could get rich because these
things are expensive ($350 and up). I had been wanting one for sometime
but felt it was too extravagant…old habits die hard, always spend money
on everyone else but not yourself. I thought I would feel different
I was going to just do it and get the Kindle. Use a little tax refund
money and splurge. It seemed like a good idea considering I usually
pay the $79 for Amazon Prime, so was thinking this would help me to
realize financial benefits sooner. WRONG! The 3 books I would like to
get right now? Not offered on Kindle. Hmph. I would say that maybe
my purchase of Kindle is officially and indefinitely on hold now. Give
me some bound pulp any day I say.
Ever since Amazon introduced the first Kindle -- or was it back when Sony introduced their e-reader? -- it's become de rigueur for bibliophiles and writers alike to wring their hands and bemoan the end of books as we know them. Technology will stamp out the joy of holding a book in your hands! You'll never feel the spine crack open under your fingertips! You'll miss that new-book smell!
Also, the sky the falling. Just in case you were wondering.
Yes, sometimes admitting that I own an e-reader can be a bit embarrassing. Like going to your first 12-step program with a bottle in your left hand.
I've found that people generally fall into one of two categories when it comes to e-readers and similar hand-held reading devices: they gush and ooze over the cool tech, eyes glazing over the specs, features and functionality OR they crinkle their noses up in disgust at the mere idea of forgoing printed literature, with its distinctive tactile sensations over molded plastic and circuit boards and technology.
I've started reading more about the Kindle. I'm trying to learn more about the economic place for it, the business model versus books, and why I feel so perturbed by the thing's very existence.
I could use other eyes and voices to help me hash out my thoughts.
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