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Bridging the Generations

Whether it’s our French friends and their fabled love of garlic or people with big feet and their big, ahem… shoes, we can all fall into the trap of stereotyping from time to time. More often than not, these opinions tend to be short sighted and far from representative [apart from the big shoes of course]. So, what about the Kindle; is it really true that this innovative device is purely the preserve of tech-savvy twenty somethings? I thought we’d put this to the test, by sampling the views of two individuals, outside of this typical demographic.

 

First up, it’s Andrea, age 14:

“With technology developing faster than we can keep up and gadgets like the kindle becoming increasingly popular, people say that the book will soon become outdated. But, who can blame people for wanting a kindle?

It is said that once you buy a Kindle, you are four times more likely to want to read. So, the Kindle has made reading cool again, as it’s sleek, stylish, and you can take it just about anywhere. You don’t have to go out to the shops just to get a new book, because you have a whole library at your fingertips. Amazon offers over 400,000 eBooks for you to read and enjoy, and they are usually a lot cheaper than the hardback version. You can purchase up to 32GB of space on the device, which is way more than you would probably ever need. And there is no need to go rooting through your cupboards to find your favorite one; it just takes one click to find it again!

The Kindle is genius and although some people will shake their heads and say it doesn’t live up to the real thing, I believe it does. In fact, it’s much better than a book, and saves a lot more trees – so, what’s not to like?”

 

Next, at the other end of the spectrum, it’s Michael, aged 62:

“The Kindle is a marvelous piece of kit that has revolutionised my reading experience. Perfect for leisurely afternoons in the garden or  more frantic trips into London on the train alike, I  for one wouldn’t dream of being without it. 

I’m the first to admit that when I opened the gift from my son, two Christmases ago, I was fairly skeptical about its usefulness. How could the paper book ever be replaced? After all, man-kind had managed perfectly well with paper and ink for centuries, so what use was this new ‘e-ink’ technology?

With more than a little cajoling, I, somewhat reluctantly, began to play with my new toy. In the beginning it was far more out of politeness than it ever was interest. Somehow, as the weeks past, I began to secretly enjoy my exploration and found myself spending more and more quality time with just me and my Kindle.

The fact is, it’s so easy and so convenient. Purists may argue that there’s something special about holding a physical book in your hands and, to a point, I might agree. There will always be some books that I’ll have to own in paperback – there’s something about the smell and feel of a book that’s quite magical. So, whilst the Kindle can never deliver the complete sensory experience, I don’t think that’s the point. For casual day to day reading, the Kindle offers a straight-forward and portable reading method that works.

Will the ebook ever replace the real book? I don’t think so. Is the Kindle a worthwhile gizmo to complement your physical library? Most definitely.”

 

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