Sunday, July 19, 2009

Kindle - friend or foe?

I am, admittedly, a quintessential old soul. I know this, my friends know this, it's something I've long come to terms with. Although I love to keep abreast on the latest and greatest developments in the world (Web 2.0 and otherwise), at heart, I'm just a girl who was perhaps born in the wrong generation. I'll take a nice dinner with friends over bar-hopping any day of the week and my wardrobe tends to lean more on the J. Crew side than something uber trendy/revealing and I have a fondness for snail mail that will always exist. Call me crazy, I know.

Living in D.C., I've seen more and more people using the new Amazon Kindle. Although, even as an avid iPhone user, I just can't wrap my arms around this technology development. Sure it's useful and handy, but where's the warmth and comfort that comes when you open the pages of a beloved book? Where's the musty smell of the library or your favorite used book store when you first crack the spine of a favorite story? As a girl that goes through books like I'm devouring chocolate, I just can't imagine the relaxing into the stiffness this technology.

My good-friend, Gramercy Gas Light Girl, recently posted this link on the new wave of pirated e-books. I just find it hard to believe that this is what reading is coming to! I've come to the decision that I, too, like GGLG, am fundamentally opposed to this technology. It's almost heartbreaking to think that there's no more dog-eared pages or notes scribbled on favorite passages.


I mean, in all honesty, how comforting does this look? Coffee and a Kindle? I think not.

9 comments:

Dmbosstone said...

Today I was even thinking about getting a kindle- even though I don't read often enough I was thinking of a better way to catch up on blogs away from the computer.

Leetid said...

I agree with you about the Kindle, a real book is better. Too much technology is coming out.

elizabeth Langgle: said...

i agree. i love the smell, look, and feel of a thick book... plus, it isn't good for us to stare at a screen all day... they need to leave good things alone :)

Miss Monogram said...

i just had a convo with luke about his last night and how i will always need real books. he likes to read books on the computer (shudder)

RCaitlin said...

I have to agree with you on that pic! I think that my eyes would start to hurt after too much of that reading. I'm with you...I'll take a real book anytime!

gramercy_gaslight_girl said...

I feel honored to be included in your blog, my Washington twin! I was reading an article the other day in a book publishers' magazine about the fact that book sales have actually only dropped about 1.3% in the past five years. While I was encouraged by this (since I think most people, including myself, feared it far worse), I am worried that the only reason for this is Amazon (which I patronize, but simultaneously resent) and that Kindle hadn't yet reached mass market. I think that day is coming, though I have yet to see anyone on the train using one (all hail MTA riders...though probably the people who *do* have Kindles right now are taking cabs, not the subway).
I am so looking forward to the day when we get to visit (soon, I hope!). It's probably going to be impossible to shut us up, as we'll get off on topics like Kindle and the inaccuracy of our years of birth. :) Reading your blog is like therapy!! <3

Skye said...

I totally agree, Ashley! I will never be a Kindle person.

Polka Dots & Protein Bars said...

I've never tried a Kindle, but I love hearing a spine crack and pages turn. I just love every part of the experience of reading, and I think the Kindle loses that.

The Pink Tutu said...

I have been wondering how the Kindle is. I love to read but am not sure if I would like reading on it. Thanks for sharing!