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like the kindle. I don't get it. What's the appeal?
What, 5 minutes before hometime? Get tae fuck!
it means you have all of your books with you all the time in a device which is the size and weight of a small paperback book.
nb, remember that the display is very different to a laptop or mobile phone screen. it uses e-ink, which basically looks a lot like paper, so it doesn't strain your eyes as much (if you are one of those people that doesn't like looking at backlit screens).
Paper >>>>> e-readers
And I can see where you're going with this, but CDs aren't particularly a nice experience and vinyl is too cumbersome. You never really need more than 3 books with you, a book doesn't take 30 mins to get through like an album. Plus when a book has good typography and high quality paper, it's automatically amazing.
The tech-consumerist in me means I'll probably get one eventually...
Let's take a leap into the unknown here, but... what if you're a student, researcher or someone who works in a technically oriented industry - and therefore someone who not only doesn't give a toss about typography, but could easily conceive of having more than four books on him at any one time, especially those that aren't written by Murakami or Vonnegut?
My bookcase of hefty technical books would love to be digital (moving is especially a pain), but I just prefer paper to screens every time. But yeah, I'm like one of those vinyl bores just with books and paper instead...
1. the displays look really really nice. I've never had a close look.
2. They get cheaper. They're currently foolishly expensive. £200 for a device that basically just displays text? Presumably the technology will leak into/morph with phones and palmtops and so on eventually anyway.
3. Piracy occurs. Imagine being able to download pretty much any book ever published for free off of piratebookbay or napbookster or something. Amazing (unless you rely on some aspect of publishing for your living, or you believe that such a thing would prevent good new authors being found/people devoting time to producing good new work etc etc, but for the average not-giving-too-much-of-a-fuck consumer in the short-medium term at least - Amazing).
if libraries let you borrow e-books, legal AND free. Although that'll probably fuck over publishers and authors to a similar degree. Do libraries have to pay for books?