The Salt Lake Tribune, with a Denver Post article by John Wenzel, asks the wrong question about Amazon’s Kindle (or any e-book reader device, including software readers): “Is Kindle the right device to put books behind us?” It’s the kind of provocative headline that gets readers, but it gets readers thinking the wrong way about the subject, which is a deeper problem than the question of replacing books with e-books. Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, relies on this kind of bellicose statement to make headlines, too, but I expect better of newspaper editors.
Media succeed one another in importance, but a new medium does not wipe out previous generations of media in a zero-sum game. New media and old find roles that redefine the media environment. Books are so pervasive and serve a unique role with regard to authority in our society that e-books will never replace them entirely. Humans will always memorialize some things in books, just as we still occasionally produce scrolls, calligraphic invitations and diplomas on vellum, or produce music on vinyl records.
2 replies on “Asking the wrong question about Kindle”
I live in Italy, and I have buy my Kindle DX on eBay site. Why I can not registry my Kindle DX on the Amazon site? When I try to registry, the site unknown the Macerata province and my postal code
Ruben, I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but Amazon hasn’t begun to sell Kindle or Kindle books outside the U.S. See this page for details: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200342760&#international