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Amazon Rolls Out Shiny New Kindle, But I Still Cling to My Books

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Amazon rolled out its shiny new Kindle 2 yesterday and despite its admittedly glamorous makeover, I'm still not convinced.

The first Kindle, released in late 2007, never seemed to really catch on. Its bulky size was awkward and it, frankly, just didn't look very nice or up-to-date. But the Kindle 2 is pretty heavy on upgrades. It's much prettier and boasts longer battery life and 20 percent faster page load. Those last two features kind of make me giggle, since I'm picturing someone's analog book just dying or a reader struggling to turn the page in a timely manner. Silly, no?

Despite the obvious practical downfalls, namely it's $359 price tag being a mite steep for most folks these days, especially when you can just go to the library for free, I'd say we're still a number of years away from a generation who will openly embrace such a technology.

I'm surprised at my reluctance, especially since I'm one of those rabid iPhone devotees. That little device has changed my life and was something of a paradigm shift. But for me, nothing can compare to the complete sensory experience of an actual book. Sure, it's the words that are important, but I can think of few things in the world more comforting than the way a book (new or old) smells, the feel of the pages, the crackling of the spine.

I've heard some arguments that Kindles will benefit a lot of students in developing countries who just don't have the resources to store thousands of books. Being able to hand Kindles out to students could revolutionize their education.

It does make me very sad to think of my kid not enjoying books the way I do. And the thought of potentially losing one's whole library due to a technical malfunction just gives me hives. (Of course, I should fear fires or floods for the same reason, right?) But it seems likely that bibliophiles like me will someday be a thing of the past. Bummer.







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Comments

lori

I read a lot. I love books. I love the feel of them, and the whole tactile experience of holding the book. But i really really really want an e-Book (either the Kindle or a Sony Reader). I don't think I would ever completely stop buying/borrowing paper books, but I also like to read while doing other things (knitting) and the portability of the e-books really appeals to me. I would have loved one while I was living overseas. I could have brought a years worth of books with me in one package.

Solmaz

Let me put this in Joey's words: "books, goood! printed, goood! Ebooks on PC, Gooood! Kindle, Gooood! what is not to like." I've got kindle 1, it has its small problems but for a person who reads lots of book and has run out of space in three different houses, kindle is a life saver. I still buy printed books cause I love the feeling (and also smell) of a book, but i recommend kindle. My last pitch: just imagine being able to buy cookies (i mean books) wherever and whenever!

Solmaz

Let me put this in Joey's words: "books, goood! printed, goood! Ebooks on PC, Gooood! Kindle, Gooood! what is not to like." I've got kindle 1, it has its small problems but for a person who reads lots of book and has run out of space in three different houses, kindle is a life saver. I still buy printed books cause I love the feeling (and also smell) of a book, but i recommend kindle. My last pitch: just imagine being able to buy cookies (i mean books) wherever and whenever!

Rachel

No thanks. I like my real books. And I LIKE to have all the books I've read stored on my bookshelves; I like how it looks, I like being able to loan them out to friends. I LIKE REAL BOOKS.

Meg

I'm with ya here, kdiddy! It's just not the same without the feel and smell and texture of an actual book. I'll be clinging to my bibliophile tendencies, but thanks anyway, Kindle!

Ms. Martyr

I do the majority of my book reading in bed at night. How could I fall asleep with my thumb holding my place with a kindle so that when I wake up later I can just continue reading where I left off? $359 will buy a hella lot of books on eBay.

Ms. Martyr

I do the majority of my book reading in bed at night. How could I fall asleep with my thumb holding my place with a kindle so that when I wake up later I can just continue reading where I left off? $359 will buy a hella lot of books on eBay.

Kim S.

I fall somewhere in between. I am old school when it comes to my books--I've lined my walls with them and just looking at them brings me back in time, remembering when I read them. But the idea of having magazines and newspapers on the Kindle sounds awesome. And there are always those books that I want to read, but don't necessarily want to own, that I would spend $10 on with the Kindle (as opposed to checking them out from the library).

brandi

I have an iphone and my absolute most favorite app is the ereader. It basically turns it into a kindle. You have to buy the books from ereader.com, but they have a "rewards"program that gives you 15% credit on the price of the book. They often run deals giving you 30-60% credit too, so you quickly build up enough to get books for free.

I LOVE having books in my iphone! I never forget to bring one with me, and I no longer have to fumble with a reading light so I don't wake my husband.




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