Monday, March 2, 2009

The Death-Knell for Books (2): Amazon's Kindle

Fourteen months ago, I responded to an article on Albert Mohler's blog in which Dr. Mohler bemoaned the new, voluntary, illiteracy among our plugged-in culture, as well as the possibility that information would be lost. I said that language becomes simpler over time and in light of newer technology, information would be better preserved. I also suggested that books would always have a place among us. I was right on the first two points, but I may be wrong on the third.

Meet Amazon's new Kindle (already on its second version). The Kindle is the size of a small writing tablet, and the width of a pencil. It weighs less than an average paperback and can download new books without looking for a hotspot or connecting to a router. It reads books, magazines, newspapers, and blogs. Further, there are already over 240,000 publications supported. The Kindle has been in the news lately over its reading function, which can read aloud any and all text, but may infringe on copyrights in the process.


The Kindle, or something like it, is poised to make books obsolete. Soon the days will be gone of cracking open an ancient tome and smelling the wonderfully musty sent of the aged binding glue; or the joy of leading your child through colorful pop-ups. It will be a sad day, indeed.



This picture comes courtesy of the Amazon.com customer image gallery.

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