Once upon a time, there was a book. You would expect that the story of the Amazon Kindle would begin that way. In part, it does. Where you would expect to find the nemesis, however, you tend to find that the Amazon Kindle has already done away with it. In some Amazon Kindle reviews, some have said that the Amazon Kindle is a boon to the publishing industry, allowing the mass distribution of titles that otherwise might have lain dormant and dusty on shelves in rapidly dying bookstores. The Amazon Kindle, however, rather than replacing traditional books, has filled a market niche that few might have expected. The Amazon Kindle is the perfect travel companion. With the ability to hold thousands of titles at once, it is possible to carry one’s entire library with them wherever they go. Perhaps in the future this will become a boon to college students and high school students everywhere- allowing them to lug around a single Amazon Kindle e-book rather than seventy pounds of books on their backs. The news could be crushing to the field of orthopedic medicine!
What the Amazon Kindle does not do, however, is completely replace paper books. It seems that the best way still to amass a library is the preferential way- cover to cover. Will this ever change? That seems unlikely within the foreseeable future. While the Amazon Kindle has all the requisite technology in place- easy to read text, paper-like screen, and incredibly deep memory, as well as the ability to download local and national magazines, newspapers, and even your own word documents from your computer, it still has it’s drawbacks. At this time, an Amazon Kindle viewer costs in excess of $359, and includes only a coupon (for a limited time during Christmas 2008) for 100 classic titles, rather than up to date titles. While the offer is in effect a $1000 bonus (with each title retailing for about $10,) You will find that to add even a few up to date titles to your Amazon Kindle will cost you in excess of another hundred dollars. Additionally, there is no backup should your Amazon Kindle get stolen. You would need to repurchase all the titles again electronically, effectively paying double. While this won’t be a consideration for those purchasers of the Amazon Kindle who will be using it at home, the real consumers of the Amazon Kindle are travelers. Therein lies the problem- the Amazon Kindle is built specifically for travelers, with no safeguards to keep the traveler’s library backed up.
The positives of the Amazon Kindle are numerous, however, and easily can eclipse the potential downfalls of this revolutionary piece of technology. Via On-line purchase, there are in excess of 190,000 titles available for purchase on the Amazon Kindle, including current new releases and classic titles that may not be available in your local bookstore. The Amazon Kindle is also ecologically friendly, making the purchase of weekly news magazines and newspapers practically obsolete. Available magazines for the Amazon Kindle include Time, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes, and the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post are available newspapers on the Amazon Kindle. While the comics section might be a little less than ideal for other newspapers, the impact on the environment of every American picking up an electronic newspaper is staggering. While the price is still more than just a little out of reach, the Amazon Kindle gives us a promising technology that could make waves in the very near future.