Imagine that I walk into your house, and on the table I see an I-pad, a Kindle or a Nook.
Imagine that I walk into your neighbor's house, and on the table I see an I-pad, a Kindle or a Nook.
Imagine that I walk into your brother's house, and on the table I see an I-pad, a Kindle or a Nook.
How bland. How Orwellian. How....shudder, Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Imagine that you walk into my house, and on a bookshelf are Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. A batch of mysteries. A book about ancient Rome, another one about gardening, and so on and so forth.
How interesting. How human. How individualistic.
Or how about this.
I walk into your kitchen, and in the cupboard is a box of pills. There's a red one for spaghetti, a green one for salad, a blue one for steak, and so on.
I assure you these pills taste every bit as good as the best gourmet meals, plus they are easy and cheap to buy.
Imagine I walk into your neighbor's house, and there in the cupboard is a box of pills. There's a red one, a green one, a blue one and so on.
What do I know about you? How bland. How uninteresting.
Imagine, if you will, that I walk into your living room, and there is a table. It's a beautiful table that does everything a table should do, it was delivered to your door, and it was ultra cheap.
Imagine I walk into your brother's house and he has the same table and it its beautiful and functional and cheap and convenient.
I hope and believe that individuality will emerge. That people like owning things, showing what they like and don't like, showing that they read certain books, being reminded of those books daily, surrounded by those books.
The problem, as I see it, is the majority of books that we read that we don't feel the need to keep. The e-readers function very well for your average pot-boiler that you're reading on summer vacation.
How do we keep the physical books around when 80% of the books purchased are digital? How do we keep the physical publishers, distributors, and book sellers in existence, for those of us who want to own the real thing?
My question is -- in your rush (you-all) to buy digital, are you going to force me to be like you? To have that I-pad, that Kindle or Nook on my table? Are you going to force me to search even harder for the real book, and pay much more for it?
Welcome to pod world.
4 days ago