View Poll Results: Will Kindle wipe out hardcovers? How acceptable is Kindle to the readers?
Yes , it will: It includes all the features a reader looks for 1 20.00%
May Be : It will impact but not change reading habit. 1 20.00%
Distant reality: Many more interactive reading platforms would be introduced. 1 20.00%
No , not at all: We love the way we read books 2 40.00%
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I had a discussion with my friend, working with a leading publishing company on, "Will Kindle completely wipe out the Hard Cover books from your life?" This publishing firm is a market leader for books and periodicals. He required a behavioural understanding of the switch in the reading habit.

Kindle is supposedly, the most user friendly device. The absence of back-light makes reading easy and soothing for eyes. The storage and the capability to switch a book from reading to a listening mode make the device useful. Furthermore, Amazon would be launching its tablet version for Kindle. It would allow Kindle to multi-task. This device can be used for 15 days without charging it. Kindle as a platform can be used on the laptop and Macs

Apart from this there are many other ebook application and device, such as Ebook -reader loaded on the smart phone, Ipad, Tablet PC, Wink and, etc.

My observation is shared below:
  • Books will remain the preferred way for the senior readers. It might mean a disruption for them to change the mode from reading to audio. Although, those who travel and can afford the device may prefer it. Specially, if they find it difficult to read the small letters.
  • Students, who live a frugal life, will read the hard copy versions. It will require lesser investment for them.
  • However, the generation that can afford tablet PC, those book worms are sure to become a convert.
  • The initial investment on Kindle is low, but requires the Amazon declared price for every ebook and audio book.

Here's a real-life experience;

Of all the people I know, there are barely few who uses the e-book-reader applications in their smart phones. It's not the size of the screen, but the fact that they miss the feel of reading it from a hard cover is missing. Even with larger screens such as Iphone, senior readers are not happy reading books on the screen. Have you ever noticed anyone using these applications? What is your view?

From India, Mumbai
Dear Ms. (Cite Contribution)
We have already crossed the listening stage & slept in class rooms after listening the professors/lecturers/teachers. Now only we have started reading some books, hard copy and presently reading ebooks. Again we are going into listening the books.
In reading if our concentration goes out of focus, then we can read it easily, but while listening once it goes out of concentration then it will become strenuous to listen from very beginning and get the sequence and understand.
Because everybody have their own spead of grasping level. So, there are chances of failure of the utility of device.

From India, Kumbakonam
Hi Ms (Cite Contribution)

Interesting topic on changing times, I personally feel that, reading hard cover books is a different feeling altogether, which cannot be replaced by this gizmos.

Morever practical bottlenecks can discourage reading books on gadget platforms such as you mentioned.

Devices would provide limited time to read, as they consume power charged by batteries.

This devices are to be handled carefully unlike books, which can be stuffed along during commute or leisure travel.

Devices require extra baggage to be carried along like charging wires, headphones, safety bags etc.

Listening to Audio books is a task !!, as S bhaskar mentioned, that our listening skills are poor, we doze in class when someone is speaking live, imagine if we listened to audio books , we would be snoring in no time !! :-D

Also it may not be healthy to listen to audio for long time, and usually it would be through headphones in the ear.

Piracy, plagiarism, unauthorized distribution of books, will affect business.

Devices poses fear of theft, and I think, we don’t have thieves in India who would like to steal books :-D so books are safer.

Ferocious readers would prefer hardcopy books rather than fancy gadgets, and show-offs would prefer gadgets to pretend reading books (this is a subjective opinion)

Positive side :

One can carry many books at a time, option to switch between books is good.

Save paper, save trees, save planet

Handy to carry, when books to be read are bulky.

From Kuwait, Salmiya
Dear Mr. Hussain Zulfikar
Even reading in Laptop also can be accepted, but the brightness of the screen and its other effects (I do not know the technical words like radiation effect, and other health effects migrane head ache, eye dryness etc.). But listening via direct audio devise will not work out to grasp the subject, as like direct interaction between student and teacher, or visual media.
In my school days I never touched the books for reading, whatever listened from teachers (even after sleeping), only I wrote in exams and cleared. I started reading the books only after joining my degree through Correspondence. From then onwards I have practised to sleep with book in the night time, till it is continuing while staying alone.

From India, Kumbakonam
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