Do you want to buy books you don’t ever actually own?
Amazon has released their $400 just-in-time-for-Xmas toy, the Kindle. It’s a big dumb E-thing. You can download books using the “free” wireless service—of course, you buy the books.
Here’s what I don’t like and why I hope this thing is huge flop for Amazon. The digital books are DRM encoded. Yup. Just like software, you don’t really own it. You sort of rent it. Meaning you can’t share your ebook with someone else. It’ll only work with your Kindle. Funny, after I read a book, I often loan it to a friend. Can’t with Kindle.
Okay, you can put 200 books on a your kibble. And I suppose that could be quite handy. I’d like to have 200 books with me when I travel. That would be a great resource tool. So, maybe if you want to carry around 200 books so you can look things up, $400 plus the cost of 200 books (around $2400) might be worth it.
Still, I’m really bothered by all the restrictions on things we buy. If I buy something, I believe it’s mine to do with as I wish. That includes sell. If I don’t like a book, I’ll sell it on Ebay. I don’t copy books and sell the copies, that’s not part of the deal. I bought the book, not the rights. But I should be able to sell my ebook—right?
Okay, I’m probably just really tired of things that need downloads, upgrades, updates, cords and chargings. Geeze, a book that goes dead if you don’t charge it? A book that I have to “update”.
No thanks. I prefer to go buy the book. (God that was a good pun)
By the way, if you love gadgets and think you really want one of these things, remember that it can’t read PDF files. If it could read PDF files, I’d pay the $400 for it. I’d buy one if it ONLY read PDF files. There are plenty of free books online (look up project Gutenburg) but they are in PDF format. Too bad. That tells me they want a captive audience and I’m already prisoner to an I-Pod, computer, laptop and cell phone. 
Amazon, until your Kindle can read PDF files it’s kibble to me.
Chris Reich, Author of TeachU’s Business Talk Blog