Kindle, kindle, kindle! I don’t know about the rest of you, but in the place where lit and tech intersect, it seems that no conversation can happen anymore without a label of some variety being placed upon the Kindle. Kindle as blamestorm centerpiece,
Kindle as savior, Kindle as tool of literary elite, Kindle as tool of Big Brother, Kindle as
eco-friendly (and not) book alternative, Kindle as a symbol of industrial efficiency, Kindle as symbol of intellectual laziness, Kindle as sign of the coming
apocalypse…. yadda yadda yadda.
Forget the Kindle for a minute. Forget it. Turn it off, set it down,
click away, whatever. I want to talk about the big picture and I want
to turn this over, readers dear: What is
the single most important issue– if you could boil it all down to one
item– facing publishing today? Is it navigating the charted territory
in our digital era? Is it the Kindle? Is some other item a
symbol of class division?
Is it that the publication business model has changed so rapidly and
had to adapt so fast? Let’s talk it out. Let’s pull up some chairs and
what we can sort out, shall we?I’ll admit that there are several entry
points into this conversation, and all are perfectly valid discussions
and ones we must hold. But if it all came down to one issue, what would