Image via WikipediaA Kindle.
There. I said it. I am a complete geek. I admit it. I love to read. I love gadgets. The Kindle is like the perfect storm of technology and passion for me.
I love the idea of being able to carry a complete library and being able to search for a phrase or section of any book. I've read e-books on the computer and my Pre has an app that allows me to do so as well. While I like the free app (Shortcovers) it has some limitations. For one, when Palm updated the OS recently, the app was virtually unusable until the Shortcovers people updated. It still doesn't bookmark reliably. But I love the free book of the week (something that Amazon does as well) and the ease of picking up my phone and reading whenever or wherever.
I've been ready to embrace the idea of an e-book reader for several years and with the advent of the Kindle there's finally a device that is user friendly, easy on the eyes and now, the pocket book. In fact, I'd go so far as to predict that within the next 20 years (probably much sooner) , publishing will move over entirely to e-books. There will always be a market for ink and paper books. They'll not disappear entirely. But for the consumer, they'll be replaced.
Welcome to the 21st century.