“…an awesome, obvious, inevitable idea, seemingly thwarted at every turn by widespread consumer misunderstanding and an endemic lack of will among the big players.”

kindle_112107Look, you and I both know that my previous claim that everybody will chuck away their paper books in favor of ebooks within the next few years is ridiculous.  I understand that.  It’s just hard for me to get what’s holding everybody up.  The advantages of ebooks are legion and obvious.  iPod owners know how great it is to always have all the music they could ever want to listen in their pocket.  How could you not want the same thing for your books?

Now, I understand, and largely share, the sentimental attachment many feel toward printed, physical books, but I also know that sentimentality must rightly give way to common sense when faced with the many, many advantages ebooks hold over regular books.  Being able to search a book for words or phrases alone is worth making the switch.  Imagine having back all the time you’ve spent  through the years vainly flipping through books in search of a particular passage.

So why doesn’t everyone have an ebook reader? John Siracusa, a veteran of the early days of the ebook, clearly and thoroughly explains why.

I found a link to this article on Boing Boing, by the way.

-Norm De Plume

Published in: on February 5, 2009 at 12:39 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. What Siracusa doesn’t get to in his pretty good piece is Kindle’s paper-like advantage for speed readers. We don’t like small screens with not enough words on them. We gulp big swathes like Elephants in a bamboo field. Or whatever they eat. i-screens are for pokey readers

  2. I’ve noticed a new feature on iPhone readers which does away with the idea of the page entirely. The text scrolls up the screen in a continuous stream, at a speed determined by the angle at which you tilt the phone. Sounds like just the thing for a speed reader.

    Don’t elephants eat their ancient arch-nemeses the Giant Squid? Or am I thinking of something else?

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