In my family, I am often the last one to get into the latest technology craze. My spousal unit is the one who feels he needs to have it the second it comes out. I want to research it, find out if I actually need it, how often I’ll use it…etc.
So back when the Kindle came out, I wasn’t too enthused. I typically get books off of Amazon for a penny and shipping, and don’t even pay anything for that because of Swagbucks (www.swagbucks.com). I didn’t understand why all of a sudden I should switch over to this gadget that allows me to read books on a computer screen.
I suppose that yes, it is more environmentally friendly. You don’t actually purchase the paper form of the book, so it’s killing less trees. I get that, and I am a striving environmentalist with a long ways to go, so I could see myself eventually getting on board with that.
However, I have a library in my house. This is something I wanted for years. I truly have a ridiculous amount of books that take up residence among the numerous shelves in that room. So many books in fact, that I feel as though I should open it up to the public and have a check in/check out system. It’s that extensive. I don’t think I have it in me to stop collecting physical copies of the books.
Another thing – what if my friend wants to borrow my book? Is that possible with electronic versions? What if I get a textbook through electronic version and want/need to highlight? What if I’m on vacation, forget my charger, and my “book” dies during a suspenseful part? I suppose that all of these questions could be answered if I actually researched it, but I have never had any interest in it.
I think this happens every time new things come into play in technology-world. I’m sure when the typewriter was introduced there were people like me who refused to jump ship and get on board with the new-fangled operation that was going on. I’m sure there’s people out there now that have the same line of thinking as I do. Tech Crunch had an interesting article today – E-Book Wars (http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/31/as-e-book-wars-heat-up-borders-drops-prices-of-kobo-and-aluratek-devices/) that talks about all of the different types of E-Book readers available to people today. The prices are dropping everywhere because there are so many other versions. The Kindle itself was advertised on TV the other night as being on $149.00 now. Remember not that long ago when it cost much, much more than that?
I’m off to read my physical print edition of “The Handbook of Conflict Resolution” for class. Enjoy your Kindle! lol.