At least I think I do. Just look at it! It is BIG! So I could read things other than books. Like The New York Times! And Cooks Illustrated! Cooks is available to Kindle reader for FREE, and I think The New York Times is too. Whee! And can you imagine loading a pile of books, most of them for $9.99, on one and carrying it away outfitted in a little leather jacket (sold separately, of course)?
Don't get me wrong—I'm no hipster lusting after the latest electronic gizmo (hipsters don't use the word gizmo, do they?). I do not have a laptop computer, wireless, or an iThisorThat; in fact, I do not even have a cell phone. Seriously. Aside from the fact that I seem to have survived thus far without any of these devices, I am loathe to adopt anything that requires me to enter into a service contract with monthly payments. The Kindle comes with a wireless connection that does not require any other device. It's built right in, sort of like magic. And it's FREE. Well, more like it's included in the cost, which is [cough, cough] significant.
But as much as I am impressed by what I read, I am not sure. So let's break it down.
WHY CINDY SHOULD BUY A KINDLE DX
- How cool would it be to search what you are reading? Like the first time a character is mentioned.
- You can annotate what you are reading. Handy for making comments for the next book group meeting.
- It comes with a dictionary! No more reading around words or guessing their meaning based on context. Do you think the dictionary would work for The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao? Maybe not.
- The cooking thing: Although I have a ridiculous collection of cookbooks, I do much of my recipe cooking from on-line sources. How great would it be to prop up the Kindle on the kitchen counter instead of running back and forth to the computer in the office or shuffling around printing pages? Recall that I have neither a laptop nor a wireless connection.
- You could take the newspaper with you without hauling a big stack of paper. Recall that I do not own an iWhatever that allows the portability most people enjoy.
- The Readers' Digest-style enlarged type might be a useful feature.
- You would save a few trees.
WHY CINDY SHOULD NOT BUY A KINDLE DX (with refuting arguments)
- It is crazy expensive. How many paperback books can you buy for nearly $500? (My MIL gave me a whole bunch of money for my birthday and I've only bought a pair of sensible shoes.)
- It does not have color. Yet. (Is there a trade-in policy? Probably not. Who needs color?)
- There has been a big whoopla over the fact that amazon.com has the ability to delete from your machine material that you have purchased from them. No one would likely have noticed this except they deleted George Orwell's 1984 because they found out after the fact that they did not have the right to sell the version they did. It might be considered a one-off situation, but there has been some discussion over whether the "read aloud" feature violates rights agreements that do not include audio rights. It does seem like they need to iron out some of this.
- This means I would be purchasing books from amazon.com, which I have avoided doing in the name of supporting local independent booksellers. (There hardly are any more local independent booksellers, and the ones left almost never have what I want when I want it.)
- I could break it. Could you see me having an epic crash on my motorscooter and taking it out?
- I would miss the touch, feel, and smell of a book. (Horsefeathers! I work for a publisher and spend all day around the damn things. And besides, there are way to deal with these things.)