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The Digital Takeover

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I’m not so sure I know what to think about the Kindle. I can’t argue that it seems destined to take over the publishing world, turning paper products to digital display, but what are people saying about it?

I read an article yesterday by Benjamin Dangel, who argued against the Kindle. His main focal point of his argument… he likes the story of the journey a book makes in its lifetime. Really.

As I was reading the article, I remembered back to learning about societies of the past rejecting new technologies to save face and prevent change. But this kind of change can actually provide better means for aspiring authors.

The publishing process is long and drawn out and creates so much waste and lost revenue. Because of this, publishers are more particular with who they select to publish. In turn, you need an agent to sell your idea or your product to the publisher just so they can turn around and sell it to the rest of the world.

With the Kindle, you could theoretically cut all of the middlemen out. The author and the digital publisher survive the shift and less money slips through the cracks and into the hands of people who do very little lifting during the process.

The only thing that irks me about the digital account accessible online is that of the privacy issue. Last year, readers who purchased George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm had their digital copies deleted from their account and were reimbursed $1 for the inconvenience.

If that’s not Orwellian enough to make you uncomfortable then you’ve obviously never read any of his books.

The fact that it was Orwell’s books that were accessed and taken away from consumers just makes the story more coincidental and relevant to the privacy issue. The way I see it, I don’t like the idea of the government being able to access my library and remove books that they deem a threat to society.

Only time will tell how this technology plays out… until then, I’ll stick to the traditional paper format.


Written by cor24leone

November 19, 2009 at 4:00 AM

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