With the introduction of Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle rapidly gaining in popularly, it’s tempting to run out and buy an e-reader so that you won’t feel like you are being left behind. After all, a lot of content is now being put on the Internet specifically for those with e-readers, and Amazon announced this past July that it now sells more electronic copies of books than it does the paper kind.
But as with any new technology, it’s easy to get carried away with the hype and find yourself yearning to have something that you may not even really want or need.
One of the main reasons you should wait before running out and buying a Kindle or something similar is because you may not know what it does or doesn’t do; and that’s a big reason when you consider how much money you have to lay down for one of these devices. The bottom line is, e-readers are for reading text, which means newspapers, magazines and books. If you’re not someone who currently reads any of those things it might be a bit premature to go buy a device that allows you to do something you won’t do even after buying a special gadget that helps you do so.
The other big reason you should wait is because despite all the hype, e-readers truly are still in their infancy and new things are being developed as this is being written; new things that might make the current generation of e-readers as obsolete as the VCR in just a few short months. Consider e-paper for example, a hardware technology that allows for the display of text that more closely resembles paper than anything else out there. Besides being easier to read, it also is not backlit which means it can be used and read in regular light, including outdoors. And because of its persistence, battery usage might be so low that it could be used for displaying pictures in frames where the battery might last for several years. Also, recent advances have made it possible for e-paper to display color, something that was not possible as recently as last year. Currently, there are no real mass produced e-readers that make use of e-paper because of some problems that still need to be worked out, such as the ability to change images without leaving behind ghost images. The general consensus though is that these problems will soon be worked out and e-readers will begin to appear that use this technology that will make the current Kindle look like an outdated toy.
The bottom line is, e-readers are evolving at such a rapid pace that no one knows for sure where they are heading and how quickly things will change. Thus, the wise human reader will wait just a little while longer before laying down some money for something that may or may not satiate the desire to remain at the forefront of the technology movement.