The Kindle. Kapow!
I feel like nothing else in the publishing world in the past year has caused such a stir as e-readers and e-books.
If you couldn’t tell from my post yesterday, I’m torn. I think there are some really cool things about the Kindle especially if you are someone who reads a lot and wants to make notes on what they read. Oh, let me see if I can think of a few people. Um, teachers. And, how about editors and agents. And I can’t forget commuters. I would invest in a Kindle if I rode the train into work every day.
But I don’t.
I love to read. I love a good story. Even though being a writer has made it much harder for me to find a good book. I need a light switch on the side of my head to turn off and just be a reader again. But that’s beside the point.
When I read, I want a book, to hold, to doggy-ear, to lose under my bed, to pass on to a friend, to run my fingers across the slightly fuzzy pages, to smell the freshness of a new book or the musty smell of a book that’s older than my grandparents. I have memories, childhood memories attached to books. And that will not be easy to forget.
And I do think the Kindle will only last until something bigger and better comes out that does everything. It can be called Super-texter-camera-phone-computer-book. And I probably won’t be able to afford one until they are on the way out. I don’t even have a cell phone yet. (Actually, sometimes I carry a very realistic toy one around and talk into it just to feel cool. Not really.)
I consider myself pretty flexible. (Don’t ask my kids for verification.) I’ll go with the times. But if libraries become a thing of the past, I will be snuggled in a corner by candlelight the woodstove – reading real books from long ago.
And that’s just the reader side of me.
The writer side of me? I hope libraries and publishers and bookstores are able to keep up with the changing times and don’t get left in the dust.
So. Did you catch all that subtext from my post yesterday? If you didn’t, you’ll have another chance to practice on Friday.
Where do you stand on the Kindle? Do you have one?