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I agree with most of the varied issues of all recent commenter's about this new medium. It is similar in many ways to the overall electronic computer discussions that came up long ago about people reading online vs. real books for years or the New York Times online vs. I like to hold the entire page or section outside without the distraction of a confined computer screen in small format. I actually do both as many will.
I have not held a Kindle Book in my hands yet but cannot help to agree with some that it may not be as natural or that the full impact of reading pixilated light compared to the natural reflected light from a printed page may have on the eyes over long periods of use. Perhaps we will find it has other advantages in time.
My one thought today is a similar one to the old days of computer crash, batteries gone dead, the technology is great when it works but if it fails? What happens when a Kindle Book is dropped onto concrete pavement not once but many times? Is it invulnerable? What if you just paid for many borrowed data sets and you drop it on a holiday far away on a dessert isle or in the water? Does it lose all your books and info? Does it ever break at the most inopportune time? where a conventional book merely scuffs the cover.
Maybe one last thought: Can I open the cover and sign it or have the author autograph it and make hand written notes throughout the book?
Mark Seibold, Artist-Astronomy Teacher
posted 3 years, 10 months ago
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