Friday, September 10, 2010

The Future of Reading?

Amazon Kindle, Sony Digital Reader, Barnes and Noble Nook, and Apple iPad are changing the world of reading. Are these E-Readers getting people to read more? Are paperbacks and hardcovers a thing of the past?

My mom bought my dad a Kindle for Christmas last year. He spent all of 10 minutes trying to figure it out and decided that he'd rather pick-up the hard copy of his novel instead.
Like my dad, I like to read before I go to sleep. However, if I look at a computer screen or my Blackberry before I go to bed, I'm wired after just a few minutes. Then it takes me longer to fall asleep and makes me groggy for work the next morning.
My brother on the other hand, loves his Kindle and just got an iPad. He travels a lot for work and takes them on the plane.

So, what are your thoughts on the "Future of Reading?" Here are a couple of articles from the Wall Street Journal and Wired Science to help you make up your mind.


  1. I think consumers of the future will want to have choices. As illustrated above, people like variety, and I think publishers will need to offer their products in several media to a greater degree.

    Good, old-fashioned paperbacks will always have a place; it just might not be a prominent one.

    Besides, who wants to stare at a screen all day? Certainly not me. =)

  2. I'm with Dan--I like to read an actual book. But I know a lot of people who prefer e-readers, just like so many prefer audio books. Variety rocks!

    Which leads me to wonder . . . when will CFI start to offer ebooks? :)

  3. My first question is this: can I have your dad's Kindle?
    I really prefer the old-fashioned book, myself--but I think Rachael raises a good question. Clearly ebooks are here to stay. Does CFI have plans to address what appears to be a significant part of the market in this regard?

  4. I don't think it has to be one or the other. Both have advantages. Perhaps, when my children are grown they will read to my grandchildren from a kindle. They'll tell their kids how hard it was to haul hard cover books to and from school. But for now, the world is big enough for all of us.

  5. My dad also got a Kindle. What's with older people leading the charge in abandoning books? Seriously, I played around with the device and it's nifty. Very much like reading a book. And considering all the classics you can download for free, it's only a matter of time before "everyone" has one. My goal is to hold out until the price is below $100...

    I heard CFI was going with B&N's Nook format...can that be confirmed or denied?