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Interesting piece in the Times today on the Kindle

I miss the jacket art (note to Amazon: color images of book jackets on K3), but the K2 has definitely gotten me reading again. Not that I stopped, but reading on K2 feels like reading used to--fresh, exciting, immediate. 

I'm not sure where it's going, but I read two more books this week than I would have without my K2. And I read them voraciously. 

Anyone else have thoughts on the phenom?

 

April 27th, 2009

Comments:

Comment #1 by Denny S. Bryce on April 27, 2009 - 8:06am

I read it as well, and got a little peeved about the elitist tone of the piece. I know the reason for my attitude - being a writer whose first published story in an anthology - a romance - was published as an e-book originally. In that world (e-publishing), the Kindle and its breed are being toted as the new sign from on high that the e-book industry is ready to climb out of the darkness into the light or something almost as grand.

But what was clear to me as I read the NY Times article was the need for some to create another 'them against us' scenario. In this case, the readers of popular fiction versus literature - and sorry, but I'm in the club that says whatever gets people reading whatever they enjoy translates into nothing but goodness as far as I'm concerned.

Thanks for reminding me (I read way too much today). Now, I'm going to have to go off and blog about this as well:)...

By the way, I don't own the Kindle - I've got a Sony Reader, which I'm going to ditch on ebay for the K2. The Sony requires a PC, and I've become a MAC junkie (and yeah, let's talk about that war on another day:)...

Comment #2 by rebecca on April 27, 2009 - 9:30am

"But what was clear to me as I read the NY Times article was the need for some to create another 'them against us' scenario. In this case, the readers of popular fiction versus literature - and sorry, but I'm in the club that says whatever gets people reading whatever they enjoy translates into nothing but goodness as far as I'm concerned."

EXACTLY. It seems so counterintuitive. Reading is what we want, folks. And anything that can bring it back seems good to me. Glad you came over to Mac! The Whisperlight download thing on K@ is outrageous. Literally, forty-five seconds and you've got the book. It's miraculous. I can't wait to order my next book--Kafka on the Shore by Murukami I think. Or Cloud Atlas--I've got sample chapters waiting for me on the K2.

And I found most of the cases to be fairly blah--but I did find one--the Thoreau  from Bobarra that I'm liking a lot.

I think kids in schools should get K2s--with all the books they need to read loaded and loadable. 

Comment #3 by Cicely on April 28, 2009 - 5:43pm

I am a complete technology geek, but I am completely anti-Kindle. I love the whole process of turning a page. I love the smell of books, I love bookstores. I'm 28 and I have every gadget but I could never see myself with a kindle.

Comment #4 by rebecca on April 28, 2009 - 6:30pm

I felt the same way...until I was sitting getting my haircut with a woman who had one. We talked, she ordered my book, began reading, and then asked me to sign the inside of her Kindle case. I was intrigued.

Then, as I was going research for a new book, I found myself wanting/needing to order various books from Amazon and realizing I could have them instantly, for almost half the price--which means saving on shipping, and being able to refer immediately. 

THEN I realized I could read both--didn't have to choose. I can't imagine you won't be reading some books on a Kindle-like device by the end of the year. But I want to know--of course--if you do or don't. 

 

Comment #5 by rebecca on April 28, 2009 - 6:31pm
Not to mention saving paper on shipping. No packaging!
Comment #6 by rebecca on April 28, 2009 - 7:12pm
Reply from Twitter: "Authors should have more control over their work than less."
Comment #7 by rebecca on April 29, 2009 - 6:09am

from @solidadrocks on Twitter, and important article on the struggle between Kindle and authors:

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2009/02/kindles-and-creative-machines-blur-boundaries-of-copyright.ars

Comment #8 by Martine on April 30, 2009 - 1:00am

Hmm..I'm considering dropping my judgements about the Kindle to try it out. I do looove the smell and texture of books but you're right you don't have to choose one over another.

The only thing I worry about is the social generational gap widening with all of my fiftysomething friends and coworkers who are so worried about their low-tech abilities. They get antsy around the topic/usage. Just tried to pitch new media and tech as an empowering literacy for us all at board meeting and offer that we'd help each other learn how to grow into it. It's not going away.

Comment #9 by Marcy Webb on June 14, 2009 - 6:44pm

A student at my place of employ is the proud owner of a K2. Maybe not as sexy as an iPod, but, he may have started something.

Comment #10 by Stacey on June 27, 2009 - 12:38am

I would offer a thought about my experience with Kindle if I could afford it, haha. However, even though I cannot afford the machine, I still see the value of it. I think it could act as bridge in connecting people that traditionally receive their media offline and those that prefer more immediate access to material, and those like me that fall somewhere in the middle and can do either.

Also, I read a lot of books per semester and the Kindle would not only offer convenience in terms being able to read on-the-go, but the price Kindle material is much more reasonable.

I must add that I am attracted to it for the "green" factor as well.

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