I really cannot imagine a life without paperbook or hardback books. I mean the type that have a freshly printed smell, differing thicknesses and textures, inner pages you can bend inside out, dog ear, or throw the whole thing behind the bed (without an error message). You can use books to balance your coffee mug, write a quick phone number on the inner cover, or help support that rickety leg of your coffee table.
Good God, I think my next post should be ‘101 Practical uses for a book despite reading it!’
But let’s face it! Books are versatile little buggers, especially as they come in all shapes and sizes and you can use them in many different ways, just like men really 🙂 Ahem.. for this reason I just cannot get my head around the Kindle ever totally replacing the traditional book.
It might be agreeable to assume that the Kindle serves one function and a book serves another, in that many people prefer to carry less books on flights or holidays, or they might just find books take up too much space at home (yes I get that problem too!) Though I love seeing the lovely colourful spines along my bookshelf just screaming out ‘read me, open me, feel me and savour my words, I’m here whenever you want me.’
So far, I have Adobe Reader on my laptop, to which I downloaded one copy of Phillipa Gregory’s novel ‘The Other Boleyn Girl,’
Have I opened the reader? Yes!
Have I read that book in the reader? No!
I think this just proves that my nostalgic reactions are not helping me become fond of reading my novel’s on a screen. I’m pretty sure that the Kindle is far easier than the laptop to handle but it just hasn’t made the cut for me thus far.
My conclusion: I’m not falling over myself to purchase one. I’d be interested in your thoughts as to which is your preference and/or how you predict the future of publishing to develop.
Also, take a peek at this great article on the Kindle 2, and the subsequent comments: