I wonder how many readers out there are like me and don’t have much interest in a color/touch screen Kindle. The books I read are pretty much black and white, and those with color elements that I do purchase (e.g. art books) are of the type that are fairly pointless to buy as ebooks. As to the touch screen, I don’t see a whole lot of use for it beyond being able to swish your fingers over the screen and attempt to believe that you’re recreating the mechanical experience of turning the pages of a book.
At any rate, I’m one of those people who likes the idea of a dedicated ereader. Multitasking is overrated, and just because we can build a device that can play music and display books and wash your car all at once doesn’t mean we should.”
Pretty much how I feel right now, though I would change my mind immediately if engineers figured out a way to make e-readers clean bathrooms.
It’s true: On Amazon.com, you can only send a printed book to someone as a gift. Amazon deftly sidesteps this issue on their Kindle gift support page, but the bottom line is that you cannot directly purchase a Kindle book for anyone but yourself. The closest you can come to giving someone a Kindle book is to send them an Amazon gift certificate and then tell them which book to buy — which is awkward, convoluted, and a bit obnoxious.
That process feels less like a gift and more like a command.”