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February 26, 2009

10 reasons to hate the Kindles

Why I hate the KindleI'm as tech-savvy as the next guy. Blogum ergo sum. I love my DVR, iPod and BlackBerry. But some things -- books -- are sacred. So here's my list for the book-slayer Kindle and its mutant offspring, Kindle2:

1. You can't leave it lying on your beach towel when you doze off at Ocean City.

2. Beautiful Russian ballerinas won't introduce themselves upon noticing your copy of Secrets of Nijinsky.

3. Striking cover art such as the gothic drawings on Lauren Groff's books can't be appreciated.

4. All books are the same in Kindleworld. You lose the heft of Guns, Germs and Steel and the sprightliness of a poetry collection like Elizabeth Spires' The Wave-Maker.

5. I can't use my collection of random bookmarks: a ticket from the Paris metro, an Orioles game stub or a museum pass.

6. The DK and National Geographic books aren't made for electrons. Or do they make a coffee-table-size Kindle?

7. The battery never dies on my paperback of The Big Sleep.

8.  I can't bear to part with my stacked, covered bookcase.

9. If I hate what I'm reading, I can't throw it across the room.

10. (This space intentionally left blank -- for your own reason)

Posted by Dave Rosenthal at 10:22 AM | | Comments (72)
        

Comments

You can't feel the texture of paper as you go on to the next page

I don't hate the Kindle anymore. I've decided it would be a good supplement to the books I already read. Specifically, I'd like an e-reader to read books for my book club (though, unfortunately, not all books are available as e-books, such as Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, which my group is discussing tonight). The e-readers are very slick when you want to refer back to something. Also, when I go on vacation, I pack SO MANY BOOKS, way more than I could ever read, and I think an e-reader would be ideal in a situation like that. You could bring 10 or 20 or however many books you wanted with you, all for the weight of the e-reader.

I'm just saying I think the e-readers will eventually make a nice supplement for those of us who are rabid readers. Will it replace books? Not at all. At this point, e-books account for around 1% of book sales, maybe a little less. Obviously, at this point, e-books are not what is threatening the publishing industry.

Your post made me laugh, but I have to admit if someone secretly gifted me with a Kindle or other e-reader, I wouldn't complain.

Just for this, I'm not going to let you play with the kindle2 Amazon's sending me for review.

You can't lend to anyone, meanwhile saying, "YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK."

I agree with the first reason since I have a bookshop near Ocean City and when customers come looking for "beach reads" they are not carrying Kindles! I also agree about lovely bookcovers and the both the touch and smell of paper, It's an experiental thing.

You have to BUY the book ... no more borrowing from the library or a friend or swapping on websites.

I am not going to get a Kindle because if you compare it to a smart phone it is not a very good deal. If I get an Iphone for example, I can get the Stanza ereading software and get a phone, a web browser, a gps system, a music player, a video player, and a million other features for the same price. It is not worth it.

When you go to visit a sick or recuperating friend, taking an electronic thing is not as warm as the physicality of handing over a book, chosen from one's own shelf, while saying, "Have you read this?"

I LOVE books, but I still want a Kindle--at least for my textbooks. And e-books I've been reading on the computer. But what happens to all the great blog giveaways when we go digital? GOTTA HAVE THE PAPER TO SEND IT THROUGH THE MAIL!

Bookstores.

A kindle doesn't have that wonderful paper smell that books have.

Those are good reasons. The first one especially. I don't worry to much about leaving books lying around where as no one in their right mind would leave an expensive device lying around. Some of the reasons others gave are good too. To me a Kindle or any other reading device is too much like watching tv. I read to get away from the screen.

A kindle and a kiddle on my lap is not as cozy as a book and a kiddle on my lap.

10 reasons I love my Kindle :)

1 - I can carry my whole library every place I go and it doesn't put out my bad back.

2- Books are a lot less expensive so I can read more .... and more ...and more.

3- Chicks are curious to find out what it is when they see me with this new toy.

4- No one knows what I'm reading and some times I really don't want them to know : )

5 - You can impress other guys with your new technology that they probably don't have.

6 - no one can borrow it and forget to return it like so many of my books.

7 - next time I move I won't 150 heavy book boxes or more to pay big hairy guys to carry out and charge me for their labor.

8 - It gives me something to bitch about and or praise depending on my moods :)

9 - You can look intelligent when people don't know what a Kindle is.

10 - Oprah has one and women watch Oprah, and I watch women : )

Oh ya I forgot, if I didn't have a Kindle, I wouldn't have found the book Betrayal by C.D. Nolan, because I would have thought it was a chick only book. It really left an impact on me lately.....haven't had that impact since I read Dan Brown, Angels and Deamons and The Divinici code...........lookiing for a new impacting book : )

1. You can't leave it lying on your beach towel when you doze off at Ocean City.

You also can't be as careless with a car as you can a bike. That doesn't make the bike a better mode of transportation.

2. Beautiful Russian ballerinas won't introduce themselves upon noticing your copy of Secrets of Nijinsky.

I don't think this happens in real life.

3. Striking cover art such as the gothic drawings on Lauren Groff's books, can't be appreciated.

The Kindle can handle images like that pretty well. It's not color, but the gothic designs would come out pretty well.

4. All books are the same in Kindleworld. You lose the heft of Guns, Germs and Steel and the spriteliness of a poetry collection like Elizabeth Spires' The Wave-Maker.

You're not very smart if you need your ego stroked by how heavy your books are. Some of the greatest books are under 100 pages, and Battlefield Earth is over 1000 pages.

5. I can't use my collection of random bookmarks: a ticket from the Paris metro, an Orioles game stub or a museum pass.

Ok, you'll have to keep your mementos in a different place instead of old books. Have you tried a journal? They sell those, you know.

6. The DK and National Geographic books aren't made for electrons. Or do they make a coffee-table-size Kindle?

The Kindle format isn't for every book. The lack of color, and fixed size will be a downer for some books, but the ability to make any book large print is a huge bonus for the visually disabled.

7. The battery never dies on my paperback of The Big Sleep.

The Kindle battery lasts for days. Just plug in your Kindle while you're asleep.

8. I can't bear to part with my stacked, covered bookcase.

Nobody is saying you have to. And, the Kindle is not for every kind of book, so you'll still need that bookcase.

9. If I hate what I'm reading, I can't throw it across the room.

Tip: The author does not get hurt when you do that. Also, the Kindle is pretty rugged, so while you shouldn't throw it across the room, it won't break if you accidentally drop it.

Totally agree with John, except for # 3. I couldn't care less about the chicks, :-).

Other than that he is right. I always thought I'd hate ebooks, but meanwhile I love them. I haven't got a Kindle (they don't sell them here), but a sony and love it.

You can't feel the weight of it in your hands. I don't know. There is something about holding a book that I just love...even if I'm not reading it.

10 (actually the first and foremost reason for me to not ever get a Kindle): it can only read books in its proprietary format. As it is (I am a huge fan of ebooks) and I bought an EEEPC. It is indeed larger than a Kindle but I can read anything I want (.pdf, .doc, .txt) on it.

Even at my most frustrated, I've never thrown a book across the room. Unless I was frustrated at someone else. Then the books went flying.

Bookstores, like Baltimore Chop says. The real cover flow, the real search engine, the real browser, with built-in chat rooms!

I think the Kindle is very cool too, but I'm holding out hope that there's still room for both to occupy comfortable and complementary niches.

Another thing to hate about the Kindle: It cannot be used as a signpost to warn young children to stay off your finely trimmed lawn. And there's no internal clock? How will I know when to take my Metamucil?

my reason 10: The kindle "books" cost more than paperbacks and even "on sale" or bargain hardbacks. You shouldn't pat more for electronic books than physical ones.

Kay: you can, indeed, read other formats on the Kindle. Some of them (.mobi) may need converting but it's not complicated.

Mike: Kindle does have a clock. You hit ctrl-T to display the clock.

I love my Kindle but that doesn't mean I've given up on books entirely. As others have noted, it's not for all books. I'm rather sorry that Jeff Bezos didn't do a very good job explaining the unit when he was on The Daily Show the other night. The Kindle spent the entire time in Sleep Mode.

I'd like to get a kindle, even if it makes me look like a bit of a dweeb. I'm not very attached to the physical aspects of book reading either. All the same, I think I will wait until e-book readers are a bit smaller in price and size. Lets hope all you richkins out there can drive the prices down on these gadgets!

I love my Kindle. But, like others have said, it's not for every book. The vast majority of the fiction genre, I'd rather read on the Kindle. Obviously, art books or books that have a lot of color images in them would not be the same on the Kindle. Coffee table books like an aerial photography atlas of Califronia would be pointless on a Kindle. Would I leave it on the beach? No, probably not.. It's a $350 item -- I wouldn't leave my cell phone on the beach, either. Or car keys, etc etc.

Until the price comes down non of the commercial ereaders will take off. Especially while there are free alternatives all over.

John: Dan Brown, an impacting author? Wow....

Kindle User: Dave was light hearted in his list. Your counters were pretty harsh and you may have let your feelings get hurt a bit too much. Based on some of your counters you are obviously missing the point, the heft of a book has nothing to do with ego nor does the desire to read on a beach have to do with practicality. Perhaps you and John up there can discuss The Da Vinci Code....

I was stung by Kindle User's suggestion that reason #2 was somewhat facetious. (See fuller response in new post.) As a book reader I'm continually fighting off the advances of beautiful, intelligent and accomplished women.

Just the other day, Jennifer Aniston jumped out of her Range Rover as I sat at Tapas Teatro reading Victor Fleming: An American Movie Master.

Last week, as I was sipping Lillet and perusing Chanel in Petit Louis, two French models -- twins, no less -- introduced themselves and asked to join me for dessert.

And a couple of weeks ago, the Eroica Trio accosted me as I sat in the Meyerhoff lobby, reading George Gershwin. I could go on -- the Kilgore Rangerettes, the female cast members of Chicago, etc. -- but must I?

I don't own a Kiindle and can't stand reading ebooks or even PDFs on the computer. Since I am online so much, the idea of curling up with an actual print book becomes a treat. Reading a bound book, with actual paper pages and a cover, is like a vacation from work. Electronic reading doesn't have that appeal for me, as there is no tactile experience connected with bits and bytes. Part of the entire reading experience includes holding a book and feeling its weight and textures, turning the pages back and forth after that glorious moment of opening the treasure for the first time. Even watching the book mark move more deeply into the book, until only a sliver of pages remain, is an almost spiritual reference to the passing of time and the gaining of wisdom.

I have no problem with other people reading ebooks, listening to audio books, or using a Kindle. They just aren't for me. In fact, I always recommend Kindle versions of books, audio books, and ebooks to authors. I separate my own tastes from those of the vast reading audience for writers. In fact, new technology and portable reading devices are crucial to the success of authors and to the publishing industry as a whole. The bound traditional book will only be one of many reading products in an increasingly technological and multimedia publishing world. That said, I won't be using a Kindle any time soon, but then I don't even own a microwave oven either.

I'm a kindler and i still sometimes read paper books. Love my kindle.
Number 3 made me chuckle. Its all just how you look at it. I've meet a couple nice guys at the college who were curious about my K.
I would really have to agree with number 5. I really do miss bookmarks.

Just got one yesterday. The wireless store option is incredible - I finished a book, and had the next in the series delivered without even getting out of my chair. Instant gratification!

Oh, and bonus - my Kindle 2 will automatically look up a highlighted word in the included Oxford English Dictionary and show the definition in a tiny window at the bottom of the page. A character used the word "obduracy" last night and I had the definition in around eight seconds. Turns out to be handy!

You can't read on the kindle on Shabbat!

LOVE the 10 reasons I love the Kindle
by John

a great life changing book (not on Kindle but amazon needs to add it)

Amazing Grace
by
Jonathan Kozol

A book can be kept and still read 100 years from now, barring fire, bookworms, mold, and mildew..It won't break down under normal circumstance. Also, with reading machine technology changing constantly, how long before you may have to replace your electronic equipment, unusable old batteries, etc . ( this from a computer person I asked).

10. They're so flippin expensive! I can buy a book at a used bookstore for $1! :)

Sorry... I LOVE books... and I remember being in the same place with my 35mm film camera... NEVER going to shift. But... I now have a kindle (just received it) and intend to use it for travel. My husband loves his. I'll still read books, but to be able to take a few lbs vs the last 2 week trip of 25 lbs of books... can't be beat! AND to be able to immediately download a book when done with another, pretty big advantage, too.

As much as I love books... I love to read more.

Oh Kindle, how do I hate thee? Let me count the ways. You don't smell delicious, like a new (and sometimes old!) book does. I can't write in your margins. I can't feel your pages. Each book you contain is just like the last--in look, feel, heft, and height. I can't turn your pages down, or use my bookmarks. I can't share you with a friend, or lover. I can't give you as a gift. You threaten--so everyone says--the lifeblood of books, but this remains to be seen. But mostly it hurts my eyes to read you. Yuk. I don't mind, Kindle, if you exist, just don't try to take the place of that you can't replace: books.

You can't leave it on a beach towel when enjoying the beaches on Long Island. You are afraid to fall asleep with it because the drop to the floor is a CrAsH instead of a thud. No batteries required... other than sleep, nourishment & lots of chocolates. lol.

10: You can't just let Kindle fall open at a random page and browse whatever fate wants you to see. There's a reason we gave up scrolls for pages!

11: Yeah, a Kindle can hold a lot of books but it does not have the same salutory effect on the soul as rows of books on your bookshelf in all their myriad colors and sizes and shapes, warming the room and your psyche whenever you walk in.

13: Hurricanes. Two weeks without electricity. No lights, no computers, no gasoline either, so car was started only for food and water runs. But even with just candlelight, books work fine.

It's sad when people think it's okay to criticize and make fun of what may possibly be someone else's livelihood. For those of you sitting on the eBook fence, my Blog today deals with this to some degree.

And remember people, it's not oneor the other, it's a choice. And I love bookstores as much as the next guy,but I get a whole lot less crappy attitude from my handheld device than I do from poorly trained and rude sales associates. Am I saying don't go to bookstores? Heck no, I LOVE THEM, but I am saying that more people might go to bookstores if the employees actually cared about their jobs and customer satisfaction. I'm just saying.

Karen Syed...nominee for Publishers Weekly Bookseller of the year...author...publisher...eBook enthusiast
http://karensyed.blogspot.com
Laurel, MD

I just discovered that you can read ebooks faster then regular paper books; don't know about Kindle,how smooth or easy it is to manipulate, but I read an e-book in no time at all, not having to turn pages and keep my place with a bookmark. The ebook was greatt - using a mouse to scroll down as slowly or as quickly as you want. You can tell I don't read many books on line or by audio either.

I suppose if Emily were here she'd shake her head and say, "There is no speedboat like a Kindle to ground us in the here and now."

David included five examples of etexts' trump card: hyperlinks. The biggest distinction between paper and emedia is: emedia more or less embraces multifunctionality and multithreading -- paper invites readers to cocoon themselves with a single thread.

Hmmm ... orgy? ... or tantric?
It depends.

To me the obvious deficiency of the Kindle or any other single-screen reading device is that you can't go back and forth between pages nearly as easily as with a book. How many times have you gone backward to reread a choice passage, then flipped forward, then flipped back, or compared later information with earlier information? The Kindle may have back and forth functions, but this is still much more easily done with a book.

Ironically..i ordered a KINDLE today...so many free e-Books available for review..so little time.

and i do read Real Books...preferably...

I love this list :D
Especially #5 - I use my husband's backstage passes as bookmarks! And #9 - I threw Pet Semetary under the bed when it scared me!

My #10 reason is because you can't use it up here in Canada.

I love my kindle. So far I have downloaded the whole King James Bible for 79 cents (thats $0.79) and the Illiad by Homer (written in 650 BC) for free, and Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky for 99 cents (that's $0.99), plus I downloaded a synopsis of the greatest fiction Vol 1 for free. Also, I read on their website that you can sell Kindle books that you write and get 35% profit. It says that clearly.

One gets the Kindle for the e-ink which has advantages over other forms of e-book reading. Also, http://www.oberondesign.com/ makes astounding leather covers for the Kindle line which compensate for your feelings of loss (if you have any) on the book covers issue.

Hey Dave, I know that your post was in jest, but I'm also sure that you meant it. And here's the thing: I love my real books too, but at some point, we have to give up some of the nostalgia that we have for them. We're wiping out entire forests to print our beloved books, just so that we can feel the weight of them in our hands or so that we can look smart in front of pretty girls. Is that really worth a little nostalgia? We don't have to give up all real books, by all means, buy your classics and your keepers for your shelves, but all of this pulp-fluff-candy stuff we like to read, all of this Oprah-told-me-to-read-it-feel-good stuff can be read without dipping into future generation's resources of wood. I mean, for many of us book lovers, we are starting to have to quantify our libraries in the number of trees accumulating on our shelves, rather than how many books we have on our shelves.
I'm no environmentalist, but maybe it's time we trade in some of our nostagia for a little responsibility.

I hate it! hate it hate it hate it

I've compiled my own list of reasons to - well - be wary of the Kindle based on my interests as a design critic.

why i hate the kindle and all E-books the number 1 and most important reason is JOBS the kindle will cost millions of jobs worldwide. these jobs wont be replaced they are forever lost. lets start with the people that make the equipment to cut trees then the people that cut the trees then the people that transport the trees then the people that process the wood to make paper then the people that make the ink then the people that make the books then the people that make book covers then the people that package the books to ship them to distribution centers then the people that pick orders to ship the books to all the stores or directly to the customers then the people that transport the books then the people that work in book stores or online book stores then the people that deal in used books then the thousands of libraries, and that is only in America now we are less then 7% of the worlds population. electronic distribution has destroyed the music industry, has badly damaged the photography printing industry is currently destroying the movie industry ans in 5 years will destroy every news stand and bookstore in the world. so next time you buy a kindle think of how mant people that you will put out of work

Kindle is another sign of a brain dead society. Seriously, don't read at all if you only read off a kindle. It will destroy book stores...lazy cheap ass people who can't get off their ass to go and buy a real book.

Reason #10: A little something called 1984!

joe barnathan, people said the same thing when the automatic looms came out. Poeple wanted to boycot the cloth made from them in order to save the jobs of the weavers. Those weavers lost their jobs, and had to move on to different work but think what that automation gave us!! Clothes for everyone! In those days children went without clothes, these days, no one need be without as clothing is cheap. As technology evolves people have to evolve with it or they fall behind.
By the time my newborn is at a reading age, she probably will use a Kindle or something similar and have no other books. She wont miss the feel of the pages or the heftiness or anything of the kind. She will know no different and probably laugh at me for reading off a tree derivative (and tell me off too).

My reason #10 is you can't bend a kindle to fit nicely between your hand and the mattress when you're in bed.

i despise the kindel! for all the reasons above that are listed... you cant turn the pages or smell the oldness... you cant have in depth conversations where you fevorishly flipp threw pages. and when all the computers crash and there is no more electricity there will be nothing to read....

Gotta say that while I love your article, I totally disagree with your preface.


"Why I hate the Kindle. I'm as tech-savvy as the next guy. Blogum ergo sum. I love my DVR, iPod and BlackBerry. But some things -- books -- are sacred. "

If you are going to base you article on the sacredness and tangible feel of books than that has to extend to a feeling of holding a vinyl record or making a line-to-line phone call. While you make many valid points about the Kindle and all it's evilness I think that in the end that has to extend to old phone calls and classic music listening otherwise you come off as a simple hypocrite which I don't believe you are.

For me I think Kindle's are as bad for books as the iPod was for CDs. I also feel that our technology relies far too heavily on technology. I want my books around during the zombie apocolypse and a Kindle just won't cut it.

Paper book versus electronic kindle (powered by electricity) is one of the spiritual battlegrounds between analogue and digital in the current state of human evolution.

This conflict is aptly described in Stanislaw Lem's book 'Memoirs Found In A Bathtub'. Through the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis it has been postulated that language determines human thought. This thesis is accepted, for example, by George Orwell in 1984's Newspeak.

Stanislaw Lem extended this thesis by exploring the way in which the media itself used to store linguistic information affects human thought, behaviour and society. Lem postulates a hermetically sealed society, Pentagon 3, in which the last remnants of paper (papyr) have been preserved. The society built around papyr is incomprehensible to the humanity who discover Pentagon 3 a millennium later; the former having developed an alien psyche.

Like a device such as a clock, an abacus or a steam engine, a book embodies what it is and contains - and even is - its own answer. With a paper book, the output models as a physical entity what we are interested in. By comparison, a kindle is an ersatz representation of a physical entity. The kindle does not display knowledge in a holistic and continuous form, but as a discrete and impermanent sequence of binary code. Of course, neither does a kindle attach the user to the substance wood. It also converts electrical energy into heat and light, a wasteful process in this context.

What I postulate is that the quality of knowledge and the process of learning and assimilation of knowledge is different between book and kindle. The ensuing detachment of the kindle fundamentally alters and in my opinion degenerates the cognitive process. We will see the outcome of this process in the rising generation.

I have to say I agree with you. I truley hate the Kindle. It sucks all the physical joy of reading a book. I'm in high school and i hate that my generation is all about conveience and fast pace. We havent learned to relish things like opening a new book or haveing that unique old book smell waft to our nose while we flip through a copy of Ivanhoe. Oh and "John" it isn't an ego thing that makes people love a big book. It is about watching your bookmark slowly move to the back of the book as you devour it. However is it an ego thing that you have the newest technology? Really you cant get much more my-horse-is-bigger-than-your-horse than that. Most of you are looking at the facts about the Kindle doing a pro and con list, but thats not what litature is about. It is about the story and how it effects you, and personally reading an original copy of The Social Contract gives me chills in a way the Kindle never can. The kindle is as cold and impersonal as all technology and all it does is feed into the "me" attitude of my generation. So why don't all you people who are creating these e-books look at my generation do you see patience or the i need this book immediatly, do you see let me check out the clasics or i wonder if new moon is a picture book now? Lets be honest do you think my generation cares about the Times Dispatch being at their fingertips? No we care more about Justin Beiber's new hair cut. It is depressing. I had hopes of becoming a librarian, now i dont know if that will be an option for me. So keep making the e-books keeps making literature cold but how about you start looking at what technology that caters directly to the impatient and spoiled nature of my generation does to the future leaders of the world.

i h8 kindlez

"Stop watching that TV and unplug your ipod, it's time for some QUALITY time without a screen. Come over here and I'll read you a bedtime story- from my kindle"

"oh do I get to see pictures?"

"lol sry no kindlez suck"

Why I hate Kindles
1. I can't loan the book to anyone.
2. I can't buy the book at the used book store for 1/2 price.
3. I can't sell the book at the 1/2 price book store
4. All it does is books, the iPad does apps, internet and color in addition to books.
5. The screen is small.
6. Books cost the same. The books should be much less, since there are no paper, shipping or storage issues.
7. No way to get a book from the library.
8. I hate reading reference material on a screen, I prefer books for learning.
9. I'm out $140 just for something I can use to read. My hands and eyes were free.
10. The name is misleading. The paper and glass won't allow your to "kindle" the flame with this paperweight.

Navarth:

Please do not feel discouraged about becoming a librarian. I am currently in graduate school to become one, and although I have had such doubts myself, I do not think the Kindle is something to worry about. There are many people who still rely heavily on print books and resources. As someone who has worked in a library, both academic and public, I can tell you that ereaders have not had the affect that one would think, atleast not in my experience. I understand your concerns about the current generation, but I think you will find that it will work itself out because too much information can lead to serious problems, as well as a reliance on technology that inhibits normal functioning as a human being---just read about the many accidents that occur due to texting. It may take time, but one day all of this will come back to bite us, and I think we are already seeing stress and fatigue associated with the overuse of technology. Only time will tell.


One problem I have is why we must always feel that we must progress so rapidly. Why not keep things that work effectively the same? Is life really so boring and monotonous that you have to constantly change everything until it no longer holds any meaning?

#10 The old ancient musty smell I love when I read my copy of Dracula.

Reasons I hate the kindle - I blame it for the downfall of bookstores like, i.e. Borders. I love to browse bookstores, I like owning various copies of books. YOU CANT OWN A FIRST EDITION SIGNED EBOOK!!!!! I am a huge fan of marginalia, and you can't write in the margins of a Kindle. Also, I am just in love with my books, I like their weight (however inconvenient) and I like their look and smell. I love stacking them on my shelves and filling my truck with them. I cant keep a kindle in every room of the house, and I dont want to take my kindle into the pool or bathtub. I love to pass off books to other people and give them as gifts, and sorry people, but I wont buy you an Ereader just so you can read We the Living and change your life.

All in all, there are many many many reasons to not want an Ereader. As I am sure there are many reasons to want one! I have friends that swear by them, but I cant replicate the memories of my dad's office on campus in the english department, where I would pick out books as a child and scan the rows, by looking at a small screen. PLUS! - has anyone done any long term studies on the effects of the tiny graphic screens on eyesight? hmmm. I dont know. It's a matter of free will but I will say


LONG LIVE THE BOOK!

Chris: I build computers for a living and even so I have this to say. (A) Do you honestly think we save the forests by buying kindles? First, tree farms are a renewable resource and second, how biodegradable, green, and safe are the parts that make-up the kindle? What is the average lifespan of a kindle and its parts?

(B) Faster, more impressive, and newer products are always a "buy now!" The ipad 2, the kindle 3, etc, etc, are already on their way to the garbage much like laptops that have a 3 year lifespan. Books need no warranty and have a much much longer lifespan.

.10 Visiting bookstores, and pecifically, independent bookstores. The owners and employees at indendent bookstores tend to be nice, friendly, helpful, and funny. I've noticed Barnes and Noble doesn't always have friendly help at the cafe or customer service. Independent stores also add a local flavor to the community.
11. Libraries, for much the same reason as I visit independent bookstores. Librarians usually are eager to help you, and are generally nice and often funny.

It's all about money. It's about the publishers and Amazon colluding to try and reclaim what they consider is their property. Eventually they would like all of us to behave like model consumers - we pay full whack for our read, and then we can't loan it, we can't resell it.....

We don't need this kind of progress, it isn't progress - it's fooling people into thinking they need a gadget they don't need. If the humble book was invented anew tomorrow, people would see it for what it actually is - a profoundly wonderful but simple invention which doesn't need to be replaced or improved.

Kindles are an insult to the richness and diversity of real books.

Great post! I love leather journals.

this is absolutely dumb. Kindle is great. It's electronic, exactly like Ipad or whatever AND it reads books. And some people, like me, LOVE Kindle, and you don't have the right to post stuff like this about it.

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Dave Rosenthal came to The Baltimore Sun as a business reporter in 1987 and now is the Maryland Editor. He reads a wide range of books (but never as many as he'd like), usually alternating between non-fiction and fiction. Some all-time favorites: A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery; and anything by Calvin Trillin or John McPhee. He belongs to a book club with a Jewish theme.
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