Tuesday, July 20, 2010

No, No, No!!!!

I will resist this until my dying day! 

13 comments:

Chris Wysocki said...

I'm with you 110%.

OldSouth said...

Amen, sister! Oh, well, the price of great used BOOKS will drop, all the better for geeks like me.

G.R. said...

I don't know much about the Kindle, but is sounds so EEEEEVILLLLL! What about the smell of ink, you won't get the smell of ink on pages like you do from a book.
Are the people who created Kindle the same ones who did away with the old mimeograph machine? EEEEEVILL I say!

Red said...

Bah! The Kindle pales in comparison to the Nook (Barnes and Noble's superior product). if you must go digital (good for college students), pick the Nook. Don't hate. Embrace. I know you have an iPhone. BTW, sorry I forgot to make a move on WWF. It was stuck a few days ago and wouldn't pull up your play. I'm checking it again today.

Longhaired Conservative said...

Linked you. Hope you Mom is doing better.
http://mindnumbedrobot.com/2010/07/20/robo-love-experiment-3/2048

Tina said...

Well, those stats are probably sort of accurate for right now, but they have no predictive value, and they may be somewhat misleading.

According to the original article, the kindle books are only outselling *hardcover* books - and Amazon does not say whether that hardcover number includes those books listed by sellers other than the corporation itself.

What's the first thing people do when they buy a new tech gadget? They go forth and buy new apps to go with it. With Kindle, the apps they buy would be books. Recall how revolutionary Wii was. Who of any age still uses it for anything other than streaming a Netflix movie once in a while?

Also, there's a massive influx of cheap/low-cost/free material coming into Kindle Format, as new writers can easily publish to Kindle, as well as the sellers who scan public domain books and spam every topical category with them.

Finally, don't discount the power of marketing in a hive economy. Amazon's strategy even includes different page designs for the "Books" & the "Kindle" landing pages. The Amazon Home page and the intentionally awkward Books landing page herd us straight into some kinda Kindle one way or the other - but the Happy Shiny Kindle Page keeps you right there and doesn't offer a way out...

Truth is a lot of bad books may be published only as electronic media that no one will miss when Kindles are no better for kindling than the 8 track tape player was. ;-)

However- where Kindle does signal a trend is that it is yet another step toward preventing ownership and free use after purchase. Every trend in every monetized commodity, real or imagined, from real estate to ring tones to satellite TV, moves toward a lifetime of forced purchase of the liability and obligation to rent the value. Is this a deadly march toward full corporate ownership of "the world and all that is in it", requiring us to rent the air we breathe? Or is it nothing more than a temporary exploitation of new money by the PT Barnums of the Brave New World? ;-)

Sure hope your mom is comfortable and that they are able to treat her well. Tell her we are cheering her on over here in Texas!

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Tina said...

Deleted my duplicates! oops! :-)

Word Verification of the Day is:
"mulagra" LOL!

George said...

I'll resist by not using it. But, if it brings literture to some who otherwise wouldn't be caught in a bookstore, then fine. I'm too tactile a person for Kindle.

BoR said...

BwahaHAHAHAHAHAHA! You will succumb eventually. Oh, yes. You will.

Bride Of Rove said...

I keep coming back to this post for my warm fuzzy happy breaks. *eg*

Bob Belvedere said...

Save The Printed Book!

Now that truly is a conservative cause.