So Jeff Bezos and the book worm club over at Amazon are releasing a new ebook reader called the Kindle. It’s a device that allows you to read blogs, books, and other text-based “stuff,” for lack of a better word. It lasts 30 hours. and only takes 2 hours to recharge to full capacity.
Newsweek did a 7 page article. Blah blah blah blah blah. Supposedly, Amazon and this Kindle gadget is completely changing the way we read books. It costs $400 bones. Sucky. But it does have some impressive features (wifi and cellular connectivity) that Sony missed the boat on when they released their eReader a little while back.
So I’ve got two simple problems with all this
1) Do I really wanna read a friggin’ 500 page book on a computer screen???? So this isn’t a knock on the Kindle, this is a knock on the whole eReader idea! My eyes hurt after just a few hours of reading news and blogs on my computer. I know, I know, the Kindle supposedly has a fancy-dancy type of screen. But still, I have a hard time believing that it’ll be THAT much different on my eyes. Nothing can be as easy as an actual page of text that I can hold, krinkle and throw.
2) It looks completely unsexy. Yup. It’s ugly. How can I actually read a book on this thing if every time I take a look at it I barf?? Design on this thing is just nasty.
I have a hard time believing this new gadget will be that disruptive in the market. I believe books and magazines will always exist. There’s something about feeling the paper, actually turning the pages, or even just closing the book (with your bookmark in place) to see how far you are that brings a warm fuzzy feeling inside. It’s fulfilling. You feel productive. You feel happy. Reading a huge book on a little screen is straight up depressing. I see no light at the end of that tunnel. I’d hardly feel any progress. No doubt, a lot that goes into reading a book is strictly psychological.
And worst of all with all this, my eyes would hurt. Blind Mickey after a year. Bottom line is i’m feeling bearish on all this. Put this junk back in the trunk.