Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Kindle on the Metro: a movement?

"And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singin' a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. They may think it's an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said fifty people a day walking in singin' a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may thinks it's a movement."
- Arlo Guthrie, "Alice's Restaurant"
The other day I saw someone using a Kindle on the Washington Metro during the morning commute.

A couple days later, the second person at work showed up with their Kindle. I know now four people with Kindles. Today, I saw two people on the morning commute with Kindles (the Kindle 2.0). Everyone I know with an iPhone or iTouch has the book reader app on it.

Has the mobile e-book finally turned the corner? Who will win the battle of the mobile book? Sony? (Sony saturated the Washington Metro with an ad campaign a while back - including the famous "Sexier than a Librarian" ad - but I haven't seen any on the trains!

I'm not sold on the e-book for general purpose reading (yet). The idea of having an expensive device loaded with (still) expensive books at the beach (not that I go to the beach very often) or left in a plane seatback pocket, or in a Starbucks (all of done with paperback books before) doesn't make me feel comfortable (and do I want the added stress of having to actually THINK about where it is?

And I'll miss used book stores (like I miss the used record store). The secondary retail market was my favorite shopping experience!

So, no Kindle (or Sony) for me now. My netbook is loaded with work related articles (and a few books downloaded from the big scanning projects, but as I type, I have very battered copies of Nine Stories and "Raise High the Roofbeam Carpenters" & "Seymour: An Introduction" tucked in my bag for my daily commute.

1 comment:

Cyndy said...

As a book addict myself, I sympathesize.However, Kindles are good for web surfing (not optimal, but ok) and you can get lots of free books (if you like classics). I'm definitely reading more AND I no longer leave a trail of junk novel airport paperback purchases.