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27 April 2011 @ 12:44 pm
Dear Amazon.com,

I am never, ever, ever going to buy a Kindle.

I like books. I like libraries. I like that libraries allow me to read a book without having to pay for the right to provisionally own it, until you decide that it is offensive or otherwise TOS-violating and take it away. I like that if I do buy a book, I can lend it to someone, or five someones, or seventy-five (note: I do not know seventy-five people), because I own that book, forever. I like that if I drop it in the sink or leave it in a park, I am out $30, tops. I like the physical room they take up. I like the lack of a battery or need for an upgrade. And, actually, I enjoy purchasing books from you, Amazon.com. You sell so many books! So many books that it was hard to find in a small town before you came along.

So I'm really not sure why your latest ad implies that people who like books are foolish, backward-looking dicks. Yes, I do like books. I know people like Kindles. It is not a competition. I can like my book. You can like your Kindle. You can sell your Kindle. A lot of them, apparently. And you can continue to sell books--actual, physical, paper books--without making the people who buy them from you feel preached at and grumpy.


ps: it's cute that you're finally actually letting people borrow library books on the Kindle, but there are an awful lot of missing details here. I am sure you will let people borrow library books on the Kindle in the most library-unfriendly way possible. Never change.
Current Mood: annoyed
Current Music: Steve Goodman: Donald and Lydia.
iamfitz on May 7th, 2011 05:48 am (UTC)
You updated! :D

I've been away from LJ for a time, so I didn't see this before. I've been hoping you'd update this journal.

And I agree with you completely. I like books, too. A Kindle is not a book. C'est ne pas un livre.