But technology is changing all of that.
Meet Nook, a digital reader. You might remember seeing something like it on Amazon (ever heard of the Kindle? Yeah, didn’t think so) but this one is supposed to be way more awesome. On Barnes and Noble’s website it says this:
“Choose an eBook using the beautiful color touch screen, then watch it appear instantly on the E Ink® display, where text appears as crisp as a printed page. The 16-level gray scale display offers great contrast with no glare or backlight. Choose from five font sizes so you can read with ease — plus, bookmark, highlight, and make notes as you go.”
Interested? Too bad.
Because it’s sold out until 2010.
It looks like America’s good and ready to electronify* my favorite thing in the whole world!
Now, don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that there won’t be any more books because if there are people out there like you and me, they’ll still make old fashioned books (but your grandkids might be looking at old school paperbacks like you might look at a cassette tape.)
But while I love old fashioned books, I think I might be interested in something like this, especially for road trips and vacations and other stuff like that. Most books are about $9.99 and you can also subscribe to newspapers and magazines (cool, right?) There are also a lot of free ebooks like Emma and David Copperfield.
And Sony is getting in on the action too with their new digital reader which works the same as the Nook and the Kindle but the new edition has a touch screen which is more convenient, I think.
But before I can jump on the bandwagon, I think it needs to work out a few quirks first, like, I think it would be awesome if you could rent books and pay monthly instead of buying a book straight up. The reason why I buy books is so I can let other people borrow them and also because I want to give it to my kids one day so I wouldn’t really see the point in buying one that I can’t let anyone borrow and I’m not a big fan of rereading books. So, that’s my only problem with it, I guess.
So do you think that this new invention will replace old fashioned books completely or is it just a fad? Comment on this post and tell me what you think!
1. To replace a perfectly good thing with an electronic version. And yes, I made this up ;P