I'm sure I would be more open to the Kindle but something about actually going out and purchasing a bound set of pages with a colorful color makes buying books much more fun. And don't forget that "new book" smell-- c'mon, you know what I'm talking about! That's the good stuff!
Besides, as a budding author myself, I would be much more concerned about plagiarism and intellectual property theft if electronic books become as mainstream as iPods or cell phones because it can be hacked, cut, copied, and pasted easier. What is someone going to do with a paperback-- cut out sentences ransom-note style and scan them on a Xerox? No. Stick to the real thing and let's make books eco-friendly if going green is the undercurrent to the Kindle's intention.


That's weird...I don't have a Kindle and haven't really wanted one, but I read Seth's post and it kind of made me want one. And I'm not even particularly social. Huh.


Nooo! The kindle is like an iphone for introverts--all of the information, none of the connectivity. Let us be!


Sara, sorry to break your bubble, but people are already scanning books and pirating them online.


I've been using hte Kindle Application for iPod touch and i really really like it, the print is made large enough to read and it's very convenient. Currently reading the Ascent of Money and loving it.

David Rasmussen

I think the idea to ship the device with some free books has merit. It would not even have to cost Amazon anything, as there are loads of public domain books out there.


So I was reading Seth's article, and there are a couple of things that seem to have negative upshots when considering his improvements with Kindle.

Consider claim #5 and #6 - held together, they seem to be an inconsistent set. It appears that anyone could be a publisher of a college textbook. If I am correct in seeing that as a potential upshot, then it would open the floor for people who are not experts in the field trying to get away with publishing something that masquerades as being legit. A specific example in mind: "Creation Science".

There's also something to be said about looking at yet another computer/television screen. There might be some aesthetic value in actually pouring over a good book that can't be replaced by Kindle.

I feel like the title is a mistaken; it's not that Kindle isn't a social device; there's just an attempt to make it catch on to the mainstream.

In this economy, I'm not too sure that people have the funds to spend on a $250 item that isn't necessary to their lives.



It would be amazing to be able to "give away" the books you buy, trading them to your friends for free. Or perhaps for limited amounts of time.

"Loan this book to Joe for 1 month. It will not be readable by you during this time. After one month it will return."

This is how people share books today. The Kindle should replace books, not be a more expensive alternative to them.


With all due respect to Seth, of course an author is going to love Kindle and want it to do more selling.


Interesting post by Seth.

The one I keep thinking about is this anecdotal report from James Fallows about the non-book reader girl who now can't keep her nose out of her Kindle. Put this together with a book sharing concept and watch what happens to kids and book-reading.


Make Kindles social? Ew. Every day I face Seattle and bow three times, sending thanks to Jeff Bezos for giving it such a crappy browser. The last thing I need to see when I turn on whispernet are notifications about new Tweendles or Kinplurks from my 'community'.