Kindling a Spark for Electronic Reading?

      (Note: For ebook and audiobook conversions, see Fowler Digital Services.)

Amazon Kindle has just released Amazon Kindle, their new wireless, portable electronic reader. The $400 price tag is a bit steep, but that includes free wireless connectivity to the Amazon Kindle store. The Kindle holds up to 200 books, or you can also store your purchased books at Amazon and access them whenever you want. (Hmmm, seems like I posted on something similiar back in September.)

This has a lot of neat features, but I am still waiting for one tablet that will do it all – book reader, laptop, media player, internet access, etc. all in one paperback sized tablet. This seems like a step in the right direction, though. (Related series posted below.)


Media Access for the Next Generation:
    1. Introduction
    2. Immediate Access
    3. Localized Storage
    4. Subscription Services

Update: Gizmodo has a great article comparing Kindle with other E-Book Readers, past and future.

(Note: For ebook and audiobook conversions, see Fowler Digital Services.)


  1. eclexia says:

    I think I’m too kinetic for online reading. I can handle blog-lengths online, but I’m realizing how much of what I remember in books to be related to touching the book, flipping the pages, always having the same paragraph be in the same place–same side of the page, top half or bottom, etc. Or maybe I’m just an old fuddy duddy 🙂 who wants things to stay the same. Actually, we could probably live in a smaller house if bookshelves did not take up the majority of our wall space! But I’d sure miss those bookshelves!

  2. Margaret says:

    I have to comment on this one, being so in tune with the first comment. There is nothing in electronic reading, – absolutely nothing, – that can compare with sitting on a comfortable couch with a cup of tea and a good book in my hands! I have a lot of favorite books on my shelves, and have read some of them over and over again. I enjoy seeing a familiar book cover and settling down to read the familiar pages.

    Eclexia, I don’t know who you are, but I think you are a kindred spirit!

  3. Ray Fowler says:

    What can I say? I love reading and I love technology, so this would be a natural for me. I like the fact that you can take it anywhere with you just like a book, and as a pastor I would love to have access to my whole library through a device like this. It would actually free me from the computer and the study to be able to carry around a stack of books in my lil’, old Kindle.

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