Recently I’ve subscribed to my morning read on my kindela. I miss the classified adverts which were fun to read, but pointless as I rarely replied to them. I miss walking over to the corner shop, saying hello, and picking up the paper. But this morning a copy of the morning paper was presented along with a latte and I thought- Aha! It’s jolly good to see you old friend!
It felt so good to have paper in hand. That satisfying snap as I opened it. The crackle of the paper. The smell of pulp turned into words with ink. Well, not really ink. Ink in the old days would not rub off your hands as I was cruelly reminded. I had to stop reading the paper and wash up the soy muck before I could sip the latte. Black fingertips are just not my thing.
I miss the smell, and the sounds of reading. There is just something that is indescribably satisfying to reading with a proper book or paper. Will the kindela kill the hard book or paper. I think not. I like going into bookshops and having a chat. I love the feel and the smell of books. I like their weight in my hands. The tactile and the physical does not exist in cyber world, no matter how hard we try to replicate it.
Will the kindela fade away in the years to come? I seriously doubt it. It’s too convenient. I don’t enjoy reading the newspaper on the train, far too many eyes have been poked out and far too many sorry’s have been said whilst my paper obliterated my fellow passenger’s view. The kindela is happily here to stay, and with this surge of e-publishing, so many books that were not affordable to publish for main stream publishing are available. If one wants to read about the mating habits of an obscure South American Fly, there is something out there that you can download. With brick and mortar publishing, that’s not a viable option. The two formats will move forward as companions to the world that only a reader can create.
As for my morning coffee and paper, my coffee will be real and hot, and my paper…will be sent to me through space and time into a little machine I affectionately call my kindela.
Kindela= a e reader with brand name not mentioned. Kind from the German for child, and ela just to make it friendly.