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Kindle's All-Encompassing Future Path

Jeff Nolan writes about the path of the Kindle:

It’s clear that [Jeff] Bezos sees a day when any and all content can be delivered to a Kindle and not only won’t Amazon have to store inventory, they also won’t have to ship anything but the Kindle itself to support their book business. In that light, the Kindle totally fits and is an impressive disruptive strategy to boot. Having said that, we have 550 years of mechanical printing to overcome and in terms of simplicity and cost, it’s hard to beat a hard copy book.

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  • bowerbird

    jeff nolan said:
    > in terms of simplicity and cost,
    > it’s hard to beat a hard copy book.

    excuse me?

    did he say that hard-copy books
    – ones that are printed on paper
    and then put into boxes that are
    then shipped all over the country
    in trucks and trains and airplanes
    that burn fuel — are “hard to beat”
    in terms of _cost_, compared to the
    transmission of bits of digital content?

    did he _really_ say that?

    and did he really say p-books have
    the advantage of _simplicity_ as well?

    and did he really say that this was
    “an impressive disruptive strategy”,
    as if this hadn’t occurred to anyone
    before, most definitely not to him?

    because, like, you know, i have seen
    the possibilities of all-digital content
    for about 30 years, knowwhatimean?
    and i’m sure i wasn’t the only one…

    so i’m confused…

    and, peter, do you make this entry
    consisting of just this quote, without
    adding any commentary of your own,
    because you thought it was _wise_?

    or because you think it’s as stupid
    and vapid as i do? just wondering…

    -bowerbird

  • peter brantley

    It was posted as a news item only, without any commentary or endorsement. I am a little more skeptical, as are you, of the worth of the paper book object in the years ongoing.

  • bowerbird

    ok, good. :+)

    i love paper-books (and i’m sure you do too),
    and i firmly believe that they will continue to be
    _extremely_ useful for several decades to come,
    providing we humans don’t go extinct by then,
    but i’m afraid paper-books will _not_ be cheap,
    especially once we give up the large print-runs.

    here’s hoping the p.o.d. expresso machine keeps
    the cost within the range of the average person…

    maybe the money we can save by treating _most_
    books as digital objects will be how we afford to
    print out the books we want to have _that_ way…

    -bowerbird

  • http://www.jeffnolan.com jeff nolan

    @bowerbird, my comment may be vapid but it’s certainly not stupid.

  • bowerbird

    hi jeff!

    i didn’t find much intellectual acuity
    in the observation that print-books
    are cheaper than electronic-books…

    but ok, we can agree on “vapid”… :+)

    -bowerbird