Move over Kindle — more publishers are on the way.
Upset at the land grab by Amazon into the arena of digital books — and not happy at the terms Amazon is muscling upon them — the forces of capitalism are saying “up yours!” and ramping up efforts to bring more new technology to the world of books, magazines and reading.
Check out this demo — things are changing fast.
Of course, the more they provide moving images, pictures, high end graphics, and sound, the less appeal it has to me as a reading device because the elegant simplicity of reading without interrupting my imagination by feeding it pictures someone else has created diminishes the experience for me — as opposed to enhancing it. I mean I am getting ready to go dive into the last remaining parts of Malcolm Gladwell’s book later tonight and trust me, I don’t need TIm Tebow jumping into my lap as I jump into Gladwell’s words.
For Sports Illustrated it’s kinda cool stuff. (And I like SI.) But for “books” I might be too old of a dog to buy into adding any tricks that really feel a bit like subtraction.
It’s an evolving medium though — and my mind might still yet change. But for now, books without pictures still constitute a very sweet part of my life.