When the Kindle first came out on Amazon, I was like, Yeah, right, that’s not going to be very popular. Who doesn’t want real-live-honest-to-god-books? HA! Apparently this little doo dad is pretty popular. **At the time of this writing, Amazon has a post on their home page about the Kindle and it links to a letter to their shareholders. Go read it and come right back.
I just don’t get it. You mean people really want to read on something similar to a computer screen as opposed to holding a book in their hand, feeling the cover while they read, being so engrossed that they never remember flipping the pages?
One of the “cool” things the Kindle does is you can make notes in the margin and look up those notes later; they’re saved forever, I believe. Where in the world does that come in handy other than when you’re in English class in college? WHO is cross referencing their margin notes? FESS UP!
Chartroose wrote about this very subject today, absolutely raving about this freaking Kindle. Even after her rave reviews, I still don’t get it. Who of you book lovers out there don’t LOVE going into a Borders or B&N and just wandering around, seeing what treasures you may find? And what anticipation you have when you glance at your TBR pile and see the wonderful colors and fonts and possibilities. I just don’t see how the Kindle can top that.
Books are very tactile and I like that. I know the Kindle is very convenient, but so are my books! Unless you’re toting around some gi-normous tome, books are convenient. I don’t need a Kindle to make them more so.
And the Kindle is in black and white! No color yet!
All I can keep saying is I don’t get. I just don’t get it. Please, enlighten me! Surely there’s readers out there who’ve bought the Kindle. Shucks, it sold out in a little over 5 hours. There must be someone reading this blog who owns a Kindle, who’s a Kindle-convert (Kindlevert?), a Kindle-disciple (Kindliple?)?
**Edited to add: Here is the link to Chartroose’s rebuttal to my post and the comments therein. She’s right: my reasoning (and most of the comments) are purely emotional, while her reasoning is very logical. Fortunately, I think that most creatures are emotional rather than logical in their decisions, and I’m hoping it will take at least one generation for something like the Kindle to catch on in a big way. Until then, Borders here I come!