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I Am Not Interested In The Kindle

on November 18, 2007

Or in any e-book reader, for that matter. And here’s why: The quagmire of DRM and proprietary file formats.

I have quite a few books on my bookshelves that are more than 20 years old. Some are even older than that. A few were printed before I was even born. Five years from now, will any file formatted for the Kindle be readable anymore, on any system? Possibly, if the product does well enough.

But what about 7 years from now? Or 10? Or more? Not so likely.

I’ll pass.

2 Responses to “I Am Not Interested In The Kindle”

  1. K T Cat says:

    Good point! I’ve just never taken to e-books. Maybe it’s the lighting of the screen. It also might be that if I have an opportunity to get away from my electronics, I take it.

  2. Ben Peters says:

    We were just talking about this around the dinner table last night. While just 1 of 8 people liked the idea of e-books, the rest of us were more focused on how nice a book feels to hold and how much more difficult it is to read on a screen. But your point is great – it feels like you’re leasing the material rather than buying it…