I just want to preface this post by saying that this isn’t a rant about Kindle devices per se, it’s a rant about people waffling on about them! Yesterday at about this time I was on tube, squished in between one person’s armpit and someone else’s crotch, trying to read The Visitor, by Maeve Brennan, and all I could hear was two men of about middle-age, discussing the relative merits of buying a Kindle.
I’m not averse to e-readers at all, in fact I do have both the Kindle and Eucalyptus (Project Gutenberg) iPhone apps. I’m even quite tempted to buy a Kindle at some point after I have chugged through at least half of my massive pile of unread books at home, although I think I will always enjoy having hard copies of the books I love to read.
So anyway, while practicing being a human sandwich with my book at a distance from my face which might be fine if I had Myopia (which I don’t) I was treated to a fascinating discussion about whether this guy should buy a Kindle. The discussion concluded with the man suggesting that it might make him read more because it would be so easy to download books. Despite trying very hard to read myself I just couldn’t help the little voice in my head which said “NO!!! If you don’t read now a Kindle isn’t going to turn you into one!” Am I being unfair? I don’t think so as of you wanted to read you’d be holding a book and not talking about it! And… “shut UP !! So I can read my book!!”
Ah well, rant over. After all, it is a free country and my grumblings may be only indicative of the fact that traveling on the tube on weekday mornings is never that pleasant and it’s time for a holiday…
What do you think? Should the man get a Kindle? Will it make him read more? Do you care?