Kindle Extremism = Fear of Hidden Passion?
I keep saying no.
No, no, no.
No Kindle do.
But when I shared this with a friend last week he said: “Aren’t you just scared you are going to love it?”
Am I the third grader being mean to the boy with brown hair…and I have a crush on him?
No may just not mean no.
I had lunch with an old boss last week. And not only was she singing the praises of the Kindle, it was like she was a paid advocate for this damn thing. “I love the touch of a book. I am a kinesthic person. But I love the Kindle. There is no glare, you can annotate and email it to yourself, you can convert your business documents to PDF, you can curl up on an airplane with it instead of using your tray table, you can…., you can….” Tell me: does this thing make a (Peet’s) latte too for god’s sake?
I had to look up kinesthetic on dictionary.com.
Oh I get it now, yes, I love touching my books too.
(If I had written this on a Kindle, you would automatically tap to see a definition of that word. Won’t we be smart)
But admittedly, I am now on a very slippery slope.
Love gadgets. Love TNBT. So I sneak to Amazon.com. View demo. Read comments. Search out user demographics. Download ebook apps from my iPhone.
Oh god, I even envision opening the Kindle for my birthday.
(Are you reading this honey?????)
But my resistance is real, too.
1. I don’t want one more area of my life to take place with a screen. I know there is no glare. But let’s just have a leetle more variety.
2. The thought of my kids pulling their Kindle out of their backpacks on the plane saddens me somewhat. It’s soooo sterile.
(My boss said that her 14-17 year old kids, despite our expectations of them as an online generation, were saying: “Why would I want that??? I like books.” Demographics show Kindle users are looking more like 35+.)
3. I’m a book snob (and shallow?). What will fill my library shelves, my nightstand, what will I show the world on the plane?
NYT wrote a great article about this.
The only thing I can be sure about is this poochie isn’t going away.
(Check out the cover of Fortune this month.)
Who’s got one, who will never get one and who’s on the fence????