Archive for July, 2009
I have to agree with this editorial by Michael Gartenberg - two strikes is out for the Kindle.┬á I have the Kindle App on my iPhone and I was one of the users who had my copy of Orwell’s ‘1984′ deleted from my device without notification.┬á It was the only book I actually purchased for the app.┬á All my other content consists of sample chapters for books I was considering for Dead Tree format. I read ‘1984′ on my iPhone as an experiment.┬á Now the book is gone.
My other strike involved getting my hands on a Kindle DX.┬á I just wasn’t that impressed.┬á The Kindle DX is bulky, has a clunky interface, and doesn’t have the color to make many educational graphs and illustrations usable. It was easy on the eyes for reading, but so is paper.
I think that there is a future for ebooks, but that future is multi-platform and doesn’t involve getting your materials deleted without permission or notice. When the world goes into electronic textbooks in a bigger way, we shouldn’t lock anyone into a particular device.
UPDATE: The New Yorker takes on the Kindle and the future of reading in this article.┬á Nicholson Baker doesn’t like the Kindle either.No comments