Dear Kindle, DON’T TAKE AWAY MY BOOKS!

Like most of you, I grew up reading fairy-tales and various other books. For me, it was always exciting to start reading a new book, whether it is Harry Potter, Lord of the Ring or anything really. When I was little all I did read, anything and everything (well when I wasn’t fighting with my brother or playing in the mud) and I loved walking into book stores and walking around to the various sections and just looking at all the books, all the possibilities.

 This is the beauty of the publishing industry.

 They created these amazing things with exciting covers and catching headlines. Not only did they just publish books, but also magazines. No matter how easy I can access it online, nothing with take away the joy of reading the New Idea magazine while in-line at Woolworths.

But, I am a member of Gen Y so basically I will accept any form of technology that is thrust upon me, especially if it’s online. I love Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, GPS, shopping online and pirate bay.  Now everything is at my fingertips. But the more I realise this, the more I realise I don’t want it to be all that easy. Where is the excitement of going shopping in a Saturday with your girlfriends, the joy of finding a vintage version of Jane Austin in a second hand book store?

But the one thing I just can’t get a grasp of is technology like the Kindle.  Yes you can have all your books in one spot and they are cheaper than buying from a store but that’s not fun. It takes the excitement away from going in to a book store, a new one or a vintage one and discovering something you wouldn’t normally pick up. Although book stores can only hold so many books and will only stock the ones that will sell the fastest. I believe this is just one thing that technology can’t take over. Sure the notion still stand that it’s so much cheaper to produce it online but there is no thill in it.  

 

Don’t we all want to have that magical scene like in Definitely, Maybe (2008).. I bet Hollywood would never make a scene like this using a Kindle… Why? Its not exciting, there is no thrill and no sentimental attachment to a Kindle like there is with books.

 http://www.anyclip.com/movies/definitely-maybe/jane-eyre-book/#!quotes/

 

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13 thoughts on “Dear Kindle, DON’T TAKE AWAY MY BOOKS!

  1. I really enjoyed reading this, because I am the complete opposite. Maybe because I’ve never been a huge book lover but i love love love having my iPad with all my books and magazines in one little place all neatly tucked away. Like you say though, we are Gen Y and are surrounded by an abundance of technology that we accept and probably wouldn’t know what to do without.

    On the other hand though I do agree with you in the sense that being able to obtain things so easily and everything being at our fingertips is getting boring and taking away the sentimental value that a lot of different objects once held. So I guess in a way its a love hate relationship with these technological advancements.

  2. I really like your opinion. There should be a traditional value that we actually read a paper book with holding it, which seems to transmit more information or knowledge from the book to your brain. And that is what my mother says to me, too. However, since electronic devices appeared to our society, a paper book started to be considered as heavier or more inconvenient to carry than those devices which can stock a thousand of different books. And also, if you could not make it to buy a book on time at a book store, you don’t have to regret when using technology that you should have bought it. I think this is the main point of whether or not you start using new technology. But, no matter how convenient it is, a book lover will go to a book store anyway, I guess.

  3. I agree with you that there is a certain enjoyment through the action of holding and reading a book or a newspaper or going to the book store and buying a book. I think this is one of the reasons why the legacy model of publishing will continue. However, we may just be old; used to the old forms of reading and doing things. The younger generation who are living in this digital era may not find our nostalgic longing to read a physical book as satisfying as we do. IPads have become essential learning tools for children at school. In the U.K. schools are asking student’s parents to buy their children IPads to be used in the classroom (http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/jul/28/ipad-tablet-computer-school-parents). Technology is slowly being integrated within the education system and in future we may just have a classroom that is non-existent of books.

    One more thing, you can make the quote on the very last paragraph to a hyperlink of the link you have on the bottom to make it easier.

  4. As the daughter of a Librarian I have to agree – there is a thrill in walking into a room full of books and knowing the unknown potential. (bit of a paradox, but I think it makes sense) On top of that I love reading in the bath! The likelihood of me droppping technology into the bath with me is reletively high! Plus, wet fingers make it hard to turn the screen-pages!

    It’s time like these that we must turn to the expert and definitive advice of Buzzfeed: http://www.buzzfeed.com/hnew92/10-reasons-real-books-are-better-than-ebooks-9qja Why Books are Better!

  5. I was actually just reading this article http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/19/kindle-books-officially-take-over-print-sales-at-amazon-pulp-st/ It really makes you loose faith in humanity. We all know how wonderful it is to own and read a physical book yet this is happening. We really have become a generation of impatience and convenience where getting a title sooner rather then later is more important then the actual quality and legacy of the object itself.

  6. This post ties into my sentiments on books entirely! The idea of the Kindle has never appealed to me and I doubt it ever will. Convenience isn’t always everything and there is just too much the Kindle lacks in. For me, reading a book is a feast for my senses. The deep, rich colours it has, the grooves bumps and textures of the front cover and spine, the whisper of pages flicking past each other and the smell of a good old book. Kindle has actually tried to recreate this smell with an aerosol http://smellofbooks.com/ but I remain to be convinced. I would have liked to see a bit more on how the whole Kindle vs books battle relates to self publishing but this was still a very good and engaging post.

  7. I agree to an extent, I love the feel and smell of a new book. I still buy them sometimes and have so many of them taking up a large amount of space (which I’m OK with) but when it comes to traveling or being at uni I prefer to have my tablet so I can have different options without dragging a heavy bag with me.

  8. I personally love reading a good fiction book (not in kindle), but i have to say if i am doing research or course reading i rather use a kindle because i can basically search the key terms of the book and pretend i have finish the reading by only looking at ~10 sentences. And i totally agree with you that nothing can be more exciting than go to Woolworth and looking for Cosmopolitan in the magazine section, read the stupid sex tips loud (like walking under sunshine for 10 mins can increase you sex drive by 33%) and lose our shit while everyone is looking at us like we just came out from a mental hospital. But to be fair i believe both kindle and actual book stores are necessary, none of them should replace the other.

  9. Don’t worry, as long as there are people our there who think that stories are better when they’re stamped across the processed bodies of trees then there will always be the opportunity to buy that vintage copy of Jane Austin you’re after.

    Personally, I preferred reading texts when each copy had to be written out by hand over the course of a monks lifetime. There’s just something about counting away the wasted minutes of a man’s life as you read that fills my heart with joy. But then along comes Gutenberg with his printing press to produce things efficiently, on mass, and then before you know it every piece of writing becomes significantly less magical.

  10. While I can sympathize with your traditional view of reading, I take no issue with the Kindle whatsoever; I love it. I think the benefits of price, size, and selection of books is a move in a great direction. In the words of Stephen Fry: Books are no more threatened by the Kindle, than stairs are by the elevator.” This article in Opposing Views, highlights to me just some of the many ways it has assisted literature: http://science.opposingviews.com/benefits-reading-kindle-13053.html

  11. Hi Siobhan.I completely agree with you.
    A shelve full of books is afterall a majestic sight… Stories hidden between pages, words written by people all throughout history, ahhh… Exciting stuff.
    However I can certainly see the convenience of the Kindle. Not many people our age can afford to buy stacks of books so the Kindle is brilliant and takes up hardly any space. I also think it’s an awesome platform to allow writers to get their work out there. Getting a book professionally published and printed is an awful process. Putting your work online is free.

  12. Hey,

    I really agree with what you’re saying about the Amazon Kindle changing the experience of reading a book entirely. I believe this article by Kaitlin Tambuscio, http://www.tcnj.edu/~unbound/article.php?id=891, sums the argument up pretty nicely. I especially like her quote:

    “People hate planes, but I just think ‘Oh, heaven!’ because I get to read the whole time!” If she were to read a Jane Austen novel on her next trip to Paris, she would read it the same way Jane Austen read her favorite novels in the 1800s, unless of course, she had a Kindle. The act of reading, and the ways by which people read has not changed, virtually ever, and all of a sudden, a tiny little device is announced via press release, and threatens to digitalise the static way in which people read a book.”

  13. I’ve never really been a book person myself, I even struggled just to finish the compulsory novels they give you to read in high school and maybe it’s for that reason that I’m not sure that I really agree with you here. I believe sources such as kindle would honestly make life so much easier (when it comes to wanting to read a book of course). I imagine that book readers love to take a book with them when they know they have will have time to read them, for example when travelling on a train, bus or plane, or even when sitting in a waiting room for an appointment. It seems to me that carrying a book around is much more inconvenient then a thin, lightweight kindle device. Not only would it be easier to fit in your handbag, you also have the option to read what ever book you like all from the one device and even buy a new one if you finish the old book you were reading. You mention the fact that physical bookstores can only hold a certain number of books and will only stock books that are guaranteed to sell the fastest. This is the great thing about kindle and applications or devices similar: they cater for niche markets! This is the theory of the ‘long tail’. It gives recognition to a vast amount of niche markets that are seen as the long tail behind the head and body of mainstream markets and products. Here are some more benefits that kindle has over physical books that more people other than myself believe as well – http://www.ehow.com/list_7360288_advantages-kindle.html

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