Kindle v. Nook v. Skiff: They All Are Going To Lead Me To Spending More Money
I’ve been thinking about getting a Kindle (or something like it) lately. To be honest, it has nothing to do with the technology and everything to do with the desire to be able to have books without going to a book store or waiting a few days for a book to get here from Amazon. I have always read a lot, and really the only thing that changes is what I’m reading. For the past year or so, it’s mostly been blogs, but I’m kind of in an anti-blog phase right now, irony and all, and I’ve been wanting to get back into reading books more often. The problem is, I’ll read about a book and I want to start reading it right then, this is what the internet has done to me, created this insatiable desire to consume content and a ridiculous impatience for the manner in which that content is relayed to me. Honestly, sometimes I’m only reading blogs because they are quicker and easier than dealing with a book.
Yes, I realize I am a blogger. Nevertheless.
So basically, what I want is a way of getting something to read NOW, not two days from now when it arrives from Amazon (or ten days, if I buy the cheaper used version), and not after braving the ninth circle of hell that is Barnes and Noble in order to find it. The last time I was on a plane, I remember being told to shut off my iPhone before takeoff even though it has an airplane mode and I don’t see how it would interfere with their precious flying instruments. And facing the two upcoming trips I have on the horizon (both to Texas, incidentally, where I’ve never been and am a little nervous about going), I want to be able to have something to read that doesn’t require me taking a four hundred pound bag full of magazines on the plane.
So the question is: Kindle or Nook or Skiff? The reality is, I’ll buy a Kindle because it’s the closest thing to ubiquity that is available. With ubiquity comes ease, and I am lazy: iTunes is only the best because it’s what everyone uses. As is the case with the iPod/iTunes arrangements, there will no doubt be some annoying things about Amazon and Kindle, particularly concerning proprietary stuff, and I’m sure I’ll complain at length about these things later. But they have the most connections, the most availability, and the most users, and with that comes power. With that comes the best chance for being able to get a Kindle version of the book I want, when I want it, with the least amount of friction. As I’ve been trying things out on my iPhone with the Kindle application, I’m finding that I’m reading more, wanting to read more, and excited at the prospect of all the books I can now read with such ease. That means I’m going to be reading more books, which means more money for the publishing industry, that means more money I’m going to spend (unfortunately), and that means good things for Amazon. Publishing ompanies, authors, and other content-creators and managers need to get on this digital train sooner rather than later, if you ask me. There’s a fortune to be made.