What's a Kindle?
Okay, I had a friend tell me recently that I have a romantic attachment to good old-fashioned books, so that made be where some of this snarkiness is coming from. I knew this was coming. Ever since Tron came out, man has longed to digitize everything he can get his hands on, and usually I’m in favor of it. I should like this one ever better than the Sony one because their advertising doesn’t disparage librarians. The thing that bugs me about the Kindle, okay things: look, name, the obvious tie-ins with certain periodicals– and the big one– there is a library in New Jersey that is lending these things.
The Sparta Public Library, is in an affluent suburb 50 miles from New York City. The library purchased two Kindles ($399 apiece), and now has a waiting list for them. This is also a library that lends Ipods, and an earlier generation Ireader. I don’t want to sound like this guy, but I just don’t like this. While I agree wholeheartedly with the Sparta Library’s director attitude toward new technologies, “This is something we either have to embrace, or it’s going to plow us under,” it still doesn’t sit well with me.
In my opinion, $798.00 could be much better spent on numerous books, DVDs, video games etc., rather than on two somethings that will most likely break. This puts pressure on less affluent libraries to continue the trend, and just seems like a poor use of taxpayers money. Maybe it’s just the mention that this is taking place in an affluent suburb where people (I assume) can buy their own Kindle, if they so desire.
Maybe I’m just being closed-minded, and the next time I go on a long trip, I’ll be all too eager to borrow a Kindle from my local library and marvel at the amazing paper-like screen that made James Patterson remark “There’s no glare. It’s not backlit, which is kind of magical.”
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