Everyone I know who has bought a Kindle loves it. One friend of a friend who is pastor of a mega-church in a large city claims that it has changed his life. I love books and I love news. Heck, I just love reading. I also love technology. I sound like the perfect Kindle customer, don’t I? So why haven’t I bought a Kindle?
The primary reason is its cost, which is $359 for the 6″ version and $489 for the new, larger DX version. I can buy a lot of books for those prices. I can also do something in those books that I can’t do in/on a Kindle – and that is make notes in the margins and highlights on the text. And then there is the monthly cost of being online. Personally, I just don’t have that kind of discretionary income, and even if I did I would buy something else that had more value – say a new netbook computer.
The second reason is a privacy and security issue. According to a post by ZD Net blogger Adrian Kingsley Hughes entitled “Is the Kindle one massive DRM timebomb?”, Amazon may remotely enter your Kindle and change some things, even the text of a book. And that’s just the beginning. When I buy a book, I buy it as is. I don’t want the publisher editing it remotely afterwards. Nor do I want the publisher to be able to take the book back by disabling some features.