Filed under: thoughtful
I had a long rambling post I thought out while I was in the shower. It’s always been one of my favorite and best places to think, but unfortunately the one momentous downside is that the shower provides limited resources to write down any of these thoughts. At work lately I’ve been talking a lot about Sony’s eBook and Amazon’s Kindle with customers who are interested. As a result, I’ve been forming Opinions. My freshman/sophomore year in college I did a research project in a media writing course on the digitalized book phenomena and must completely admit that my results were pretty biased: it was going to fall flat on its face. While I don’t fear the extinction of the book in printed form in my lifetime, I am aware that one day in the future, like colored glass knife rests, books will be a thing of the past you stumble on at futuristic antique stores and flea markets.
As of yet my blog scanning (admittedly a limited amount) has not provided much discussion or opinion on Borders’, America’s second largest book retailer, new concept store that openned in Michigan. I stumbled across the article in a USA Today awhile back and found myself staring at the pictures of at least one evolutionary offshoot of the “little bookshop ’round the corner.” Within the next decade or two, CDs seem to be heading the way of cassettes – limited to garage sales – and digital music will be on the forefront. While I am glad I long ago moved away from my adoration of the physical album, I harbor no fear or similar sentiments for the book.
The eBook and the Kindle are lovely. My experience with them, as limited as it has been, is that they are designed for a very select and narrow demographic. For the most part, it seems designed for the on-the-go business person who doesn’t stray too far from James Patterson and Stephen King.  I have not had my hands on the Kindle yet, but unless I am missing some impressive options (which I may be) I would need a digital reader that could search for words and phrases, permanently record highlighting and underlining, and offer a permanent function that allows me to “scribble in the margins.” Oh, and some way to cross reference all the books I owned would be dandy too.
I also think currently the digital book industry is missing out on an enormous audience: college students. Considering the weight and cost of books/semester (or quarter) that student’s invest in a digital reader of some sort would make perfect sense. So there are some ramblings, but it will likely be a dark day when the last of my books are pried out of my hands.
 Yes a brash over generalization (i.e. the woman I met allergic to books) but this generally seems to hold true.
Todays image: I love finding old library check-out stubs in books.