I am disheartened by the move away from physical books to the popularization of digitalized books. As an aspiring writer who grew up in the rise of the digital age, books (real books) are among the few items that force me to pry myself away from the glow of the computer screen. As everything else is moving toward the digital world, I am reluctant to join in on the digital world of novels.
With that said, I understand that there are positives and negatives to every decision. Hence, the big question for the modern college student–to kindle or not to kindle?
What are the pros and cons to purchasing a kindle?
1. Convenience: Having a kindle is like having an ipod. The invention of the ipod pushed the walkman out of popular use. Rather than carry a case of CD’s around, an ipod allows music lovers to carry their music library in one compact way. The kindle would work in the same way; rather than carry a bunch of books, the kindle allows you to carry your literary library in one device.
2. Accessibility: Rather than wait for the bookstore to open, you can search and purchase a multitude of titles from your fingertips. Instant digital access to books is extremely valuable for students who may not have time to go to the bookstore.
1. Unreliable: A kindle, like every other electronic device, is not guaranteed to last. A physical book will never be lost in the case of a digital death. How many times have you lost your music library because your laptop malfunctioned? Personally, I have lost my music library twice.
2. Changes the reading experience: While we read many articles, blogs, stories, news on line, digitalizing books seems to be one of the last few steps in digitalizing our entire literary world. I believe there is something magical about physically turning a page–a connection with words that could not be simulated with a kindle.
3. Accessibility: Not everyone will have the means to purchase a kindle. The beautiful thing about books is the fact that there is an entire public system of libraries that allows people to borrow books for free. There is no such system associated with the kindle. While a kindle makes it easy to purchase a book from your home, it does not offer a solution for public access to knowledge.
To kindle or not to kindle? You tell me.
An interviewer once asked author Ray Bradbury: “What do you think of e-books and Amazon’s Kindle?”
To which Bradbury answered: “Those aren’t books. You can’t hold a computer in your hand like you can a book. A computer does not smell. There are two perfumes to books. If a book is new, it smells great. If a book is old, it smells even better. It smells like ancient Egypt. A books has got to smell. You have to hold it in your hands and pray to it. You put it in your pocket and you walk with it. And it stays with you forever. But the computer doesn’t do that for you. I’m sorry.”
Post Submitted By: Layhannara Tep