Flint, Tinder and Kindling

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No, I wasn't just camping.

Nope, I'm not trying to "spark" a debate. Nothing needs to get "heated" about this.

I'm simply relaying the fact that I have finally seen the much hyped "Kindle" from Amazon.

First: The E Ink is amazing. Very cool stuff and very easy on the eyes. But the 600x800 resolution feels a little old-school. It doesn't make the text hard to read, but it isn't really pristine either. It feels very turn-of-the-millennium.

Second: The body of the machine feels cheap. I felt like I was looking at my Apple IIe again. Nostalgic, sure, but hardly next-gen technology.

Third: It felt slow. Everything about it felt clunky: Typing, navigating, loading. Once there, the rock-solid E Ink was fantastic, but until the "page" loaded, I felt like tapping my foot. The page turns aren't nearly fast enough for expert readers: <shnick><shnick><shnick> [How do you type that sound?]

I'm very interested in how the next round of Kindles look and behave. There is something to this new display technology and the digital release of text (blogs, anyone?), but the digital device isn't here yet.

At least, not for me.

So, in a few years, the face of books may change. The initial sparks have been made, but the tinder has yet to start smoking. It may be that one day we'll be able to tell a "book" by it's plastic cover, but we don't have a fire yet.

~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father

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