I keep getting asked what do I think about Kindles. Are they going to replace books and bookstores. I don’t know. I think like all media they have a place and a use. We recently purchased one to see how we like using the device to read and how books are displayed on the device.
My first reaction was professional books don’t transfer well (not all the type is readable) but, this will be addressed as it is merely a technical problem but, until it does don’t waste your money putting professional books on your kindle if you want to read anything but the main text of the book. My second reaction came when the third edition to Kindle came out the day my second edition arrived in the mail. Will the Kindle be like so many gadgets out of date as soon as you purchase the product. My third reaction, came when I held the Kindle and started to read. It felt funny. I was really frustrated not being able to flip forward and back through the book with ease. For something so current it felt stagnant to me and very one dimensional. I will continue to play with the electronic reader as it may be the future.
But, questions go through my head,…
Will we all become speed readers with lower comprehension levels reading off the electronic screen?
Will be wasting tax payer money trying to keep updated kindles in the schools through lease and tech support programs etc.. all in the name of progress?
Written text has let us uncode human history of the common and not so common man, will this be lost as we go electronic?
Kindles have a place in the future we know that but, what will it be? Will it be like the change the IPOD has had on the music industry?