The Kindle is finally available in Australia.
I'm sure we've had some sort of reader device for a while now but I just saw an ad last night that said the Kindle was finally available in Australia. I suppose I should be happy? I'm not really anything.
I'm too old for this new technology. Not too old in actual years, too old in mental toughness. I just don't care anymore. I like technology; I'm not a true technophobe. I love computers and the Internet and I even don't mind my mobile phone. (Not the actual phone I have now but, don't get me started on THAT particular point) I can see the need for a Kindle. I can even see the inevitability of it. But it's not something that I care for. It makes me a bit uneasy.
I don't think books will disappear, anymore than CD's will. I mean, I can still remember a time when cassettes were supposed to have ruined the music business - and records in particular - because you could just tape your favourite music from the radio. The first instance of downloading I suppose. And I did that. Yet, to this day, I have not downloaded one piece of music. We even have iTunes on our computer but I don't use it. I don't have an iPod. Lady Hem used to have one but she left it on a plane. Don't ask. I still have my old Walkman. My cassette Walkman. I don't use it. Well, not for the purpose it was designed anyway. But I still buy CD's. Hell, I still buy vinyl AND cassettes. A lot of the music I like isn't available to download anyway.
Still, I do consider myself a Luddite. Not that I want to destroy technology but there is some of it don't want to embrace. And the Kindle is a prime example. I understand it but I don't want any part of it. I like the feel of a book. I like the heft of one. I don't necessarily want a whole library in my pocket. But it doesn't mean that I don't think it shouldn't have been invented. I suppose I despair a little at what Syd will be reading by the time she hits school. It's only five years down the track but shit, a lot can happen in five years. I'm sure the Kindle and tablets etc will be mandatory school equipment; the same as when we all would get exercise books to write in when we started a new school year.
I know this probably seems pretty stupid but I wonder if handwriting will go the way of the stone tablet? With so much being done on line these days, will there be any use for handwriting in, say, twenty years time? Will it be quaint and old fashioned, like those old remotes that connected to your TV with a cord? Will there even be any need to read? Surely in twenty years time, everything will be read out to us?
*I've just spell checked this and it doesn't recognise iPod or iTunes. Surely, in this day and age, these are words that are dictionary ready by now? It does, however, recognise Kindle. What's a Kindle? To Google!!