Skip to main content

Death of the.......Wait, Death of the e-Reader?

For some reason I tend to write quite a few posts regarding the "Death of" some particular item.  I guess that is the way it is with technology.  One minute something is new and hot....the next it is yesterday's news (or worse e-waste).  Just last year I kept reading how E-readers were going to kill off libraries, book stores and actual books.  So imagine my surprise when I stumbled across this article predicting the end of e-Readers.

The article's main point is that tablets are slowly taking over the e-Reader market.  It appears that individuals prefer not spending money on an item that serves only one purpose.  Tablet prices are still high compared to e-Readers, but I'm sure tablet prices will continue to go down.  Users will then probably move away from e-Readers.  I have read that Amazon is trying to cut prices on the Kindle very low, in an attempt to make money off e-Book sales (think how cell phone companies provide free phones to make money on the plan). The problem is they have not been able to cut the hardware price enough.  Recently they have added another Kindle model that is a tad cheaper, complete with advertisements.  How annoying!!

Well, I guess this is another good reason to hold off on buying an e-Reader or i-Pad and stick with physical books for now!  Happy reading all!


  1. I dunno, I have to have the book in my hand and the feeling of the pages, so tactile...and I have a thing for the smell of some pages of some books, like text books...if they are new that is...HA HA. I so can't wrap my brain around relaxing while reading an electronic device. It just does nothing for me!

  2. Believe me, I love having a book in hand....I just think for ease of access and use of physical space, the book's days may be numbered.

  3. Have you started or read Mark Twain autobiog??
    Very long but interesting, it is the 1st of 3 volumes....

    The Benchwarmer


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Your Own Personal Library Catalog

So, how many of you have remember using an old style, card catalog?  You know, you want to find a book in your local library, so you pull out the long drawers flipping through cards.  Well those days are long gone of course (thankfully) and nearly all libraries use an electronic catalog system to keep track of their collections.  Many of the school districts in Wayne County are using a system developed by Follett .  It is a great system for school age children and prepares them for many of the advanced catalogs available in public and university libraries. Catalog software is quite expensive and really impractical for home libraries.  Some book lovers may create their own spreadsheet or database to keep track of their books, however there is a great (free) tool online to not only catalog your books, but also meet and communicate with other book lovers online.  The site is a wonderful site that lets you catalog your own home library.  Think of it as a "Facebook

A Once-In-A-Lifetime Event

Back in November I wrote about what I believe to be the best part of my job; running into Carlson High School graduates that are success stories and hearing about how well they are doing in the "real world."  Carlson High School graduate Nathan Matatall is clearly one of these success stories.  After graduating from Carlson High School and Michigan State University Nathan has gone on to very successful career at Dell Computers.  The News Herald even published a feature piece on Nathan a few years ago.  This past week, Nathan provided my family with a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will never forget.   Nathan, my former public speaking student, contacted me via email a few weeks ago and inquired about taking my kids on a tour of Marine One (one of the helicopters used to transport The President of the United States and other dignitaries) and to possibly attend the landing of Air Force One when President Obama was scheduled to arrive in Detroit.  I was very excited a

A Little R & R

I decided to take a little R & R before things get crazy with back to school.  I wanted to spend some time with my family for these final weeks of summer, so I decided a break from writing was in order.  A trip to Kalahari and fun times with friends and family made August fly by.  So, what does school year 2014 bring for me?  Quite a bit, as always: Back to teaching two courses at Wayne County Community College.  Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings I head to Northline Road to teach college level English.  I really love this second job! Tuesday, I start my 17th year at O.A. Carlson High School.  While public education continues to face challenges, there is no other job for me at this time.  I love my co-workers and students.  Gibraltar is a great place to work. I will be running my kids all over as usual.  Gymnastics, religious education, flag football (which I coach as well), and others events "to be determined."  I would not have it any other way.  I love watch