I am very curious to see how Amazon’s new e-book Kindle does in the marketplace. I have always wondered what it would be like to carry an electronic book. While I was studying, I envied the folks with laptops albeit the 9lbs editions. Yet, when I got one, I could never get down to taking notes on a laptop in meetings. Then came the Palm Pilots and every other person was showing off their skills to be able to write on the screen and struggle to make notes in meetings – yet look cool and the gizmo person.
Each time, a notebook and a pen have accompanied me when I wanted to take notes and put my thoughts down. More so at meetings or conferences. While at my desk and on a conference call, maybe I have used my laptop to type out some notes.
Coming to the older cousin of writing – Reading! We are entering a new era to deal with reading and reading habits. If Leap Pad could help millions learn to read, and maybe someone else would help the senior citizens read out a book just by moving the pen or the stick over the lines, the rest are going to soon deal with kids and parents settling down with their ‘Kindles’. At the outset while all I read about it on Newsweek and various blogs – thanks to some amazing marketing by Amazon, appears like a winner, when it comes to reading I believe I am still old fashioned – at least as of now.
I dislike the hard covers. Each time I relax to read any book – fiction, non fiction, I feel it is a heavy burden just to hold and lie down or relax on a couch. To me Kindle will be an everlasting hard cover. The difference of course being, you will get to read all your fictions and non-fictions in the same “hard-cover” edition. You will probably get used to not flipping any pages, you will also get used to a few buttons, wheels and clicks. You will not get the new book, fresh page aroma anymore – unless like the iPOD accessories, someone comes with Kindle accessories – now that is a billion dollar market waiting to happen or what – remember iPOD…..
Cushions to support Kindle while reading; Various colored covers with personalized initials; New book fragrance spray each time you download a new book; Kindle starter kits – cleanser, brush, strap to carry, pouches to carry the SD cards and what not.
Very soon you will juggle between your blackberry, iphone, ipod, laptop and Kindle. It is certainly going to be interesting to watch the accessory vendors, affiliated publishers, personalizing services, recharging kits, Kindle clones like Twindle, ibook, spindle- made with environmentally friendly material or maybe Swindle – sold at a few elite signature stores with everything personalized!!!
For slow adapters like me, we will meanwhile enjoy the new book look, feel, fragrance, continue to exchange books, loan books, return/sell or mark on books – while the electronic toys/gizmo folks try and “re-kindle” their reading habits and fashion statements.
Enough said, who knows, knowing I am an avid reader myself, Santa by choose to send a befitting reply to this post to kindle my hope.
Until then, Happy Reading.