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Friday, February 19, 2010

You Just Can't Get That with a Kindle

I was thinking about Kindles the other day again. I'm on the fence about the e-book revolution. I love print books and I don't know how I could live without them, but then there's just something appealing about having a cute little e-book reader with all the things I'm reading on it.

But I'm not going to talk about the advantages of a Kindle over a print book or how Kindles are ruining the publishing industry today. Mostly because I'm not even close to being qualified to do that and there are hundreds of posts out there dealing with those very subjects and more by people that are. No, today I'm going to talk about the things that you just can't get with a Kindle.

1. Think back to the time you were a child. Before you could read. Instead you'd just flip through the books and look at the pictures with joy. Maybe you made up your own story to go along with them. Maybe you begged your parents to read it to you. That's one thing you just can't do with a Kindle.

2. No more donating books to children that can't afford them. Not unless you donate a Kindle too and those things have to either require batteries or a charger.

3. No more libraries. How would there be?

4. No more sharing books with friends. Half the fun of reading books is lending them out to friends to read them too -- especially when you get a particularly awesome one.

5. No more walking into bookstores and libraries when you're broke just to browse the titles and take in that soothing new book smell. No breathing in said smell while you read the book for the first, fifth, or hundredth time. Now if you could find some way to infuse a Kindle with that new book smell, that would be AWESOME.

What else can you just not get on a Kindle?

1 comments:

M.J. Horton said...

Exactly. It's just something about the feel of the pages. The bookstore. The endless battery life.