Our reading habits are transforming constantly with each passing day. Before the Internet thing, anyone would have laughed off the suggestion of reading on the computer screen, specs dangling on the tip of the nose. It’s no more a laughing matter.
If you’re serious about keeping up to date with happenings around, there is no shortcut to seating before your computer and reading online. You may say, what’s the need of online reading? Which is very true unless your bread requires you to do so.
And there lies the key to what I suppose the greatest habit-transformer ever on a gigantic global scale. The point is you can’t hope to earn your bread if you’re not able to punch the keyboard and take in what all the screens say.
That will in no time include books and newspapers, and yes movies as well. Okay, this much is clear. Now suppose you have a handheld device that fits in your pocket that gives you all those online info without the need of ever ‘connecting online’.
Further suppose the device is such that it doesn’t stress your eyes to read the matter on screen – very unlike the pain of reading on computer monitors.
All these and more are what comprise the new Amazon Kindle. It was launched in end-October last to time the festive season, and it literally sold like hot cakes amid gloomy forecasts in the recession-hit America.
There is presently a ‘mile-long’ queue to lay hands on Kindle, and there’s no stock to meet the demand.
To give you a fair idea of how good Kindle is, the 295gm (10.4 ounce) 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches electronic book device with paper-like high resolution screen offers more than 90,000 books plus newspapers, magazines, and blogs – some paid, some free.
And since the item is an Amazon offering, you can easily screen-shop for anything in the virtual store. Any downside?
The only one that I can think of is that Whispernet, the broadband communication technology that forms the backbone of providing the service is available mainly in the US. So, no cheer for rest of us.