I don't have a Kindle (yet), but I think it's mostly because I don't want my reading material to be locked to a single device. I'm not sure what happens to my library if Amazon changes its policies or if someone steals my kindle. I'm waiting for what happened to music to happen to books... The early MP3 players all had DRM protections, but once the industry matured all the songs went DRM-free. I assume the same will happen with e-books someday, and I'll stick with printed paper until BookMatch (the analogy of MusicMatch) appears.
Exactly, Kim. It's so simple: Kindle is not a book. A lifetime of reinforcement for reading paper books can't be reversed that easily, can it? I'm old enough to recall the enormous emphasis placed on books at school and at home (where my parents collected books and prized them over pretty much any other possession in the house). Screens only came into my life after the most impressionable years had passed. So I've resisted the idea of ebook readers. We'll see if that continues into old age.
Indeed, Kim. I spent long enough as it is staring at some form of computer screen or other in my day. Unless I'm playing a computer game, I prefer to keep staring at a computer screen out of my leisure time as much as feasible.
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