Some very sad news for a book lover like myself was announced today. Waterstones are to start selling Kindles. The saddest part of this whole tragedy is that just a few days ago, Waterstones were decidedly anti-eBook. Oh, how fast our world is changing.
I encourage change in every aspect of life – except in regards to eReaders. Is it possible that, with each passing day, each book that is printed, we are drawing nearer and nearer to an age where the print novel will no longer exist? It’s a fact that I find difficult to accept.
I’ve never had a Kindle – and I don’t want one either. While I’m sure they’re handy and they make going on holidays easier, I just really can’t see any point in them past that. It’s just as easy to pop into a bookshop and buy a book that’s on special offer as it is to buy an eBook. And in many cases, it’s cheaper.
Up until now, I’ve always felt somewhat secure in the knowledge that at least most bookshops just stocked real books, and therefore, us book lovers had a refuge, a place to hide from our rapidly evolving technology. But it appears that even this is gone. Waterstones are, no doubt, going to be followed by many book chains.
What are your thoughts? Am I alone in my dislike of the Kindle, or have we got an army out there who are also disappointed in Waterstones?