E-book readers like the Kindle and the Nook seem to be all the holiday rage, but like I do with most technologies, I’m kind of standing on the edge of the diving board staring down at the pool of technology, not sure of making the leap yet. Maybe I’ll just climb back down the ladder on this one
I’ve checked them out, and while the capabilities are impressive, I think we’re getting caught up on the consumerism and gadgetry.
The Kindle holds about 3,500 books, so they say. I’m not sure I’ve read that many books cover-to-cover in my life, to be honest, and I read quite a bit. But inventory doesn’t equate to knowledge or wisdom.
It’s not the books in your e-reader, or even your physical library that count. What makes a difference in a person’s life are the books in “you”.
The only purposes a book in any form can serve are to entertain, educate, and inform. But to get that benefit, you have to actually read, digest and think about them. Not just carry them around in a gadget or leave them on a shelf, unread, just to boast about the size of your library holdings.
I’m sure the next-generation Kindle or Nook will hold 5,000 or more books, and it’ll be an upward climb until a person will be able to walk around with a device that fits in the palm of their hand and holds the combined output of all of civilization.
But that capability won’t really change you….only time spent laying back in a comfortable chair with good light and reading and thinking will allow ideas to enter and roll around in your mind for when they’re needed.
Regardless of whether those ideas come from a musty book with yellowed pages, or the lastest reader with full graphics and e-ink.
Don’t confuse the map with the territory.