Ah Kindle, how the literati hate you, or sing your praises. Two years ago, when the first version was released, Dana posted about them and I made my feelings clear in the comments section. Well, it’s been a few year and we now have Kindle 2.0. My feelings haven softened, but not really changed.
I do not really want a Kindle at the moment for a few reason:
1. They are expensive. Do you know how many books I can buy with that money?
2. There’s not (yet) a mechanism yet for sharing Kindle books. If I buy a Kindle book, I can’t loan it to my friends and I can’t check out a Kindle book from the library. (I can check out other e-books from the library–can I read these on my Kindle? I don’t know. Do you?)
3. I fear reading a Kindle in the bathtub, which is the best place to read books ever.
4. Books smell good. And they’re pretty as objects.
5. Do they have an optional back light yet? While I do like that there isn’t one there by default, it would nice to have one so you can read in the dark.
6. Seriously dude, expensive.
I think some of these objections will fall away with later versions– price will fall, I’m sure we’ll figure lending out…
BUT! Over at Marginal Revolution today, another problem presents itself that I never thought of–
We can’t see what you’re reading, and you can’t signal things with what you’re reading.