People, let's be honest. All of us are addicted to electronics. Well, maybe not addicted, but at least commited. And since all of you reading this are nerdfighters, or at least on this website, no doubt you like to read books or have read a book or at least know what a book is. Yes, a book. With pages and ink writing and a spine ripe for cracking. I love books. I love the weight of a book in your hands and the smell of new paper in a brand new books. I know every single one of you people out there who have read books again and again and again and fall in love with characters and the plot each time you read it know what I'm talking about.
Which is exactly why the Kindle worries me. Ever since stories have been written, they have been written on paper. And even if they are written on a computer, books are published in book form first and foremost. The Kindle comes along and completely interupts the process. We live in a world where everyone wants everything now and faster. We have fast food, microwaves, OnDemand television, and now, the Kindle, which allows, at the push of a few buttons, to download any books you want for a nominal fee a month.
With the Kindle, the effects can potentially wipe out many markets and jobs. If everyone had and used a Kindle instead of books, we would no longer have jobs for people who actually print and put together the books. We would no longer have libraries or stores like Borders and Barnes & Noble because people wouldn't have to buy or check out books anymore.
It's like how iPods have made CD players and tape players die out. Video cassettes were killed off by DVDs, which are on their way to being outed by Blu-Ray discs. Sit-Down dinners have been erased by TV Dinners.
I'm not saying I'm against change. I feel that change, in certain places, is a good thing. But some things don't need to be improved and books are one of those things. This is my opinion. C'mon Nerdfighters! What do you think of the Kindle?
Agreed. I love my Kindle, but it'll never replace actual books.
Agree. Also I like when I come into the room of a person for the first time and see what books they read, because I think it tells you quite a lot about a person. If there will be no more actual books anymore you have to look into peoples Kindles and I would feel weird about looking so obviously at peoples stuff.
Ok, if you're done with your sentimental tyrade, lets look at the practical applications.
Being able to carry several bookshops worth of books in something the size of a small paperback. This is an advantage, no two ways about it.
It's not "souless". If you think the soul of a book is in the paper, you are very much mistaken. Your carrying the importance of what a book in the text, the content, not the medium.
You can make notes on the kindle, it has the ability to do so.