Kindle Dilemma

To Kindle or not to Kindle? That is the eternal question. I was very stoked about getting one for christmas, esp after seeing maris’s and how neat it all seemed. And it’s still neat and I will be using it, but not right now. Here is what I think the Kindle is good (great) for: Long plane rides – lots of books in a tiny carrier, travel in general (lots of books in a tiny carrier, hello pool side- just don’t get it wet), and the future. Yes. The future. The unfeeling cold, metallic future!

Why the future and not now you say? Well, first – I have a stack of books that are yelling at me to be read. A stack. Of real life page to page with a cover made of paper stack of books. And in my impoverished state I cannot bring myself to spend money on other books. Although – thank you Regina for supplying me with an amazon gift card to wipe away those fears. But even with that money I feel overwhelmed with the amount of reading material demanding my attention. Ok so – this must be the transition phase, no? What every new Kindle owner goes through? The weird inbetween place where I have some old and some new and must finish the old to move on to the new. Except… the Kindle is a little impersonal. Every books looks the same. Every book smells the same. Every book feels the same. This is weird and unfamiliar. And what about the whole bit of walking into a book store and feeling the books? Reading the backs? Reading reviews from book shop people? I know you can do all of this at but it’s not the same. I don’t like clicking on links and trying to navigate the site and not see the handwriting of who wrote what (because I judge reliability based on scroll alone sometimes) and something about the whole process just doesn’t seem genuine.

But then again, ipods made music both easier and less hands on. And computers made communication easier and less hands on. But those things have revolutionized the way we live – some would say for the negative but the majority would say for the positive. And maybe we all just need some time to accept the future of books. The other thing is that maybe the publishing industry needs to shake things up a bit. Maybe book sales should be more reader to writer based and the needs for a third party should be diminished. Because although publishers do a great service with editing and marketing a book, they take a large amount of the profits. Could the kindle and the internet reduce those costs? Could they reduce the costs to the consumer – they already do. Like itunes with music, books on the kindle are cheaper. Would this increase readership? If books were easier to carry around and more accessible would more people read? I hope so. Although – the other aspect of books I am sad to see go – my ability to snoop on what other people are reading on the bus. With the Kindle there is no cover art and makes peaking over one’s shoulder incredibly awkward.

2 thoughts on “Kindle Dilemma”

  1. This pixel formed paper is encased in a polyurethane shell of protection, and needs to maintain a similar aesthetic as those bulky iphones of the 2000’s. Yet, with the new advancements by Fujitsu, NEC and Sony the newer flexible papers may replace your outdated Kin-pod. Those trees you like the idea of may be reserved only for the post-consumer waste mash-up that is shredded as the vessel for your latte. Printed each time you press the HOME, NEXT PAGE or PREV PAGE, the e-ink re-draws for you by the magic power of physics the lines in your favorite Michael Crichton novel or maybe even a sizzling Danielle Steele print. 
    It is within these 10.2 ounces that you may find the ability to read practically anything you may find the time to email to your kindle address. Not only a tablet for the dry-eyed, it is ubiquitous computing at it’s earliest. While the early adopters of the iphone and ipods may seem like “fanbois”, the buyers of this technology propel the research and demand into a more foreseeable future of innovation. Yes more like your tactile past that the printed book provides, we will see flexible readers in our day. Then the only thing that is missing is the cover and the conversation you may have with yourself on the bus about why that bloke in front of you is reading a baby sitters club novel. 
    The future as a cold and unfeeling place is rooted in the same shock our ancestors took as a burden from “modernization.” It is a similar “devilry” of innovation and production which brought us the car, plane and the flux capacitor. It is quite possible that more attention will be paid to the content of the book in this new “unfeeling”, “cold” “metallic” future. The “progress of ideas” shall not be held back by the same fear of the future which produced such films as mad max, a.i. and minority report. It is this same sort of paranoia which kept books as hand-written manuscripts copied onto baby mammal skin (vellum).

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