My friend Gay tipped me off to an article in The Wall Street Journal today. How the E-Book Will Change the Way We Read and Write takes a look at the Kindle, Amazon’s new electronic “book”.
It’s an interesting read.
I’ve been considering buying a Kindle since last summer but haven’t done so — so far. The only real reason I haven’t is purely financial, and has nothing to do with the cost of the device.
If I lose one book, I don’t have to rebuild my entire library. If I lose my Kindle, I would. That’s not because I have any special feeling for those books, though.
I have talked to people who tell me that they collect books because they love the way those pages feel and smell and look. I buy books because of the stories they contain. I rarely read non-fiction and when I do, it is almost always about story-telling.
That’s what I love — stories.
I am an addict. And I see Kindle as a way to get my regular fix without having to tote eight million pounds of paper and ink around behind me, like some sort of Jacob Marley.
Now if Amazon just comes up with some way to protect my library on-line; I’m willing to pay some reasonable fee for that. I hate packing books and lugging them around, every time I move.
Maybe they already have; I should Google it, huh?