Posts Tagged ‘Kindle’

I’d like to check out this empty book please …

February 20, 2008

As a follow-up to my previous post about the Kindle, here is an intersting article from LibraryJournal.com.  Apparently Amazon is claiming libraries who loan out Kindles with content on it are violating the terms of service agreement.  Loaning out empy e-readers are fine, but with things to read already in them … shame on you!

Rethinking Kindle

February 19, 2008

The Kindle20 years ago we were told printed books were on the way out. 10 years ago we were told the same thing again. And when Amazon announced the Kindle would be their entrance into hardware, the very same warning began emerging again. However, on the way home all 3 bookstores I passed appeared to still be open for business. Believe it or not, I am a big believer in power of the Web and digital information changing our physical landscape … just not when it comes to the imminent demise of the print industry. It simply isn’t going to happen anytime soon, not until something drastic happens (for example, some kind of environmental demands). There are all sorts of reasons I believe this, but the most basic one goes back to Marx: we like to touch and hold things, especially things we own. Needless to say, when Amazon announced their next big thing, I was of the “so what” opinion.  But after some thinking, I’ll admit that maybe – maybe – Amazon’s Kindle will indeed change publishing. Just not the way they hope it will.
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