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How the Kindle Will Change the Way We Read

More Is Less? How the Kindle Will Change the Way We Read

I know the Kindle is really what you're all after in our amazing TrèsSugar giveaway, so it seems like the perfect time to read into how the gadget will change the way we read.

Book publishers, tattered and tired after years of fighting the Internet, are perched on an opportunity to sell books like never before. Will we read them? Not sure. But we're certainly going to buy them!

The Kindle is a portable bookstore that's already capitalizing on impulse buyers. Want to try a little Proust? Just read the first few pages of Swann's Way and you'll get every madeleine reference you'll ever need to know.

Of course, you'll have to pay for that madeleine, as pauper publishers are eager for your coins. But who would pay for a few lines? Ha! You will, my dear reader; we all will. The Wall Street Journal has laid out a semidystopian vision of how the future will be written. To find out,


  • Imagine being able to create a library of every book you've ever read in a matter of clicks, and then search it with keywords. This will be indispensable for research and terrible for bookshelves.
  • Readers online will call out passages, much like they already do, and Google will rank pages and paragraphs, allowing the most popular to rise to the top. A well-linked quote will drive sales far more than an NPR interview.
  • Confused by a paragraph, chapter, book? You'll instantly be able to connect to other readers debating its meaning. It will be like a global book club that's always reading what you want.
  • Writing for Google is where it starts to get scary. Authors and publishers will consider how individual pages and chapters will rank in search results and write accordingly. Best case? Some tagging and strategically placed words and paragraphs. Worst? Whole books written for search engines.
  • A la carte pricing will be on the menu. Nonfiction books may be broken into sections and sold. Fiction? Expect to see a return of the cliffhanger, and novels sold in chapters.

It's easy to say this will never happen, but it already is. Kindle's current incarnation has a Web browser tucked in a folder called "experimental projects," and Amazon has an iPhone app that's ready to jump-start the future. Will you be reading?


Join The Conversation
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I'm not sure I'm going to get on board with the kindle any time soon but I do think that it is a great idea. It will revolutionize the way we read. It's great that we won't be wasting so much paper making books that a lot of people don't read.
LeslieLaFleur LeslieLaFleur 8 years
I have the Kindle app for my ipod touch and I love it. I'm a military wife and last time we moved, we counted over 1,000 books! While I love the smells and texture of a real book as much as the next, by using my kindle app I feel like I am slowly taking control over my book fetish. I'm hoping to slowly transfer all of my books to kindle and keep only the signed copies. My only complaint about the ipod app is that my ipod doesn't have the battery life I need to read as much as I do. Hopefully, when the third edition kindle comes out, I will have the extra money to buy it. Also, I like that by using the kindle instead of buying the actual book, I'm also doing a little something to help the environment
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I'd be too scared of destroying the Kindle in some way
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I can't wait for it to come to the UK. Why isn't this on GEEKsugar ?
janneth janneth 8 years
Reading is reading, be it on a kindle, from a traditional print book (my personal favorite), on a screen, or the back of a cereal box. Just read.
stylistashley stylistashley 8 years
I'm a huge bookworm and I think Kindles are a great idea and very handy. My mom (a librarian) has one that I have played around with and I really liked it. I do like traditional books (the look, the feel, the smell), I always have one with me, but I think the Kindle is great for things like extended trips, hospital stays, etc, because it is more compact and easier to travel with than a stack of books. There can be a happy medium between the old and the new!
PrincessLtrain PrincessLtrain 8 years
Ok, first of all - to those who insist they love is still reading. There are words on the screen that you must move your eyes across and process - it's not a book on tape. Second, I have a Sony eReader and I LOVE it. I have 80+ books on this little gadget that aren't wasting space in my house. You never have to worry about your bookmark falling out and losing your place. You can make the font bigger or smaller to your liking. It works in the sun and in the dark. And my favorite attribute? I can now take as many books as I want on vacation without worrying about room in my suitcase, extra weight, etc. I actually read more now than I did before because it fits in my purse, allowing me to take it everywhere I go. That's not as convenient an option with a big hardback. Also, the battery life is insanely long. By the time you get to the "low battery alert" you still have a good five days left before you need to recharge.
sunshinepointe sunshinepointe 8 years
Do not want! I love owning books...buying them, holding them, smelling them, looking at them. I get the convenience of having it right there but it ruins the experience. I'm sure the next gen of school children will probably start using kindles instead of real reading but for me...I'll stay old school.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I honestly had no idea what it was when I first saw the giveaway.
HTCmom HTCmom 8 years
I'm not that interested. I just love the smell of books & the feel of pages too much to give it up for an online book-club.
jessr1214 jessr1214 8 years
i'm with the others would never replace reading books for me. I do think it would be amazing for traveling though, it would free up a LOT of room in my suitcase.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I couldn't get into the Kindle. Curling up with a book is one of my favorite things, and "curling up with an electronic reading device" just doesn't have the same appeal.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I just like the feel of books, the smell of the pages, seeing them on my bookshelf, I cannot imagine reading a kindle on the beach, or in the tub, or on the crapper. Although I wouldnt turn one down if I got it as a gift, or won it!
crayolasky crayolasky 8 years
No offense to anyone but I loathe the idea of the Kindle. Reading books on a screen?! I'm all for ipods, cell phones and all other types of technology, but I like READING books! Maybe it's just me, but I think it's an awful idea...what has the world come to?
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
I agree with you, xxstardust. I have no interest in Kindle. Part of the pleasure of reading a book comes from being able to thumb through the pages...real pages.
xxstardust xxstardust 8 years
Not gonna lie .. the kindle is the thing I want LEAST in the gift basket. My mom offered to get me one for Christmas and I declined. It's cool, I guess, but I'm too big a bookwork to really love the idea of the kindle. I like the feel and smell of a real book. I just can't picture myself cuddling up with a cup of tea, my cat, and a good ... kindle?
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
Yep! I just got a kindle for my birthday on tuesday! :) Love it!! The only think that would make it better would be to be able to work on my daily puzzles on there. Oh and there are a lot of free book sites out there (like project Gutenberg), so you only have to pay for new releases.
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