So while browsing around on slate.com as I usually do when I have a break at work I came across this article bemoaning the loss of judging someone by their book cover with the new invention of the kindle:
“So what will you do, Kindle generation, when you cannot tell which of the quiet boys holding the e-reader on the subway is engrossed by the latest, predictable legal thriller, and which one by a cheery, long-forgotten Laurie Colwin novel? If by some chance you do end up with the right one, what do you buy him a month later, when it is time for that first, tentative, not-too-expensive present—a gift certificate for a free download?”
I thought it was interesting, because Tom and I met because of books AND technology. I had friended him on livejournal.com and he made a post asking for reading suggestions (he was just graduated from college, jobless, and needed something new to read). I think I suggested The Catcher in the Rye and the rest is history.
So I think the Kindle/IPad generation will just have to start updating their Facebook status and tweeting about what book they are reading, since no one can glance at them and tell. For me, I am still reading paperbacks because I am cheap and I do want full bookshelves for my new house!