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Literature, & Etc.

E-Books?

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There has been much discussion of this the past few years. The start of the summer saw the release of the much anticipated “Amazon Kindle“, a wireless e-reader that syncs up perfectly with Amazon’s massive library. (Over 90,000 titles available and growing, weighing 290g.)

I personally do not see such items moving beyond the realm of “high priced toy” for the wealthy, especially at a price of $359.00. I’ll leave some of the finer features and selling points to the experts.

Overpriced Gadget or the Next Generation of Books?

Overpriced Gadget or the Next Generation of Books?

Yes, it certainly does look sleek and sexy, but would you use such a device to read? I know that I would not. While there are times that I do wish for such a device, (especially with those long treks in the winter from Zone 2), for the most I think I could survive.

For me it’s about the tactile experience of a book. The touch, and smell of a book is irreplaceable. Maybe if the price dropped, I might consider such a toy, but it would be viewed simply as that, a toy, something to tinker around with and impress my friends. I’ll take a book over an e reader any given day.

I’ll leave you my dear readers with a quote, enjoy.


Many people, other than the authors, contribute to the making of a book, from the first person who had the bright idea of alphabetic writing through the inventor of movable type to the lumberjacks who felled the trees that were pulped for its printing.  It is not customary to acknowledge the trees themselves, though their commitment is total.  ~Forsyth and Rada, Machine Learning

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Written by thebeliever07

July 27, 2008 at 9:33 pm

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  1. Dig the new site, G. Maybe I should switch to wordpress for a more thematic blog as well. Is the interface worth while?

    I like what Neil Gaiman had to say about the Kindle:

    http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2007/11/me-in-manila.html

    Casey Cosker

    July 27, 2008 at 9:37 pm

  2. Interesting you should mention Gaiman and his blog, my gf just suggested I link Nick Hornby’s review of the Kindle, enjoy friendos.

    http://nickhornby.campaignserver.co.uk/?cat=39

    And Casey, it’s definitely worth shifting over to. Aside from the fact that WordPress is one of the few blog sites out there that allows a user to retain the intellectual rights to his work, I find it loads much quicker and with far fewer interface problems than Blogger. The WordPress dashboard takes a bit of getting use to, but that’s probably a result of my using Blogger for a number of years, check it out brother.

    thebeliever07

    July 27, 2008 at 9:42 pm

  3. I do think the e-readers have a place – especially for traveling. I’d be lost without my Sony Reader because the books I read are just too heavy to cart around! I can relate to the tactile experience of a “real” book, though. Believe me, we have many, many of those.

    As an aside, didn’t the Kindle used to be $399?

    (now I’m off to read the Gaiman and Hornby reviews)

    draabe

    July 28, 2008 at 10:23 am

  4. Extraordinarity: ,

    Valentine

    April 8, 2009 at 10:02 pm


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