I feel like a geezer when telling people I still read books on my Kindle. As if it’s an old technology. Why not read on your tablet or phone people may ask? Well, I like the form factor. When my original Kindle seized up I wondered if I’d like the swipe feature over my click buttons. The jury is still out but I’m getting used to it. The Kindle Paperwhite is back lit and that’s very cool – so agrees the wifus as I read in bed.
Kindle has just released the Oasis. As a defense against people who like to read on more multipurpose devices, Amazon logics the sell by saying the devise is only for reading – no distractions. No email, no texting. Just unfettered Henning Mankel. I love it. (Please don’t go all Airplane mode on me.)
Two trends I often post about are media “Twitch Points” and “Technology Backlash.” A twitch point is a media moment when one switches devices or media in search of more information or clarification. Twitching is easier on one device, but it’s not really multitasking, it’s serial. As for technology backlash, where people just want to disconnect and go au naturel, that is still a thing…even if we tweet about it. The Kindle Oasis, which is wonderfully named by the way, supports the latter trend and allows for the former, but in a more disconnected way.
Anyway, I love that Amazon gets us and our weird contradictions. Good job women and men of the jungle. Good job.