Recently I attended a lecture by Anne Patchett at the Carnegie Music Hall. She’s an author and seems to be a pretty good one, although I’ve never actually read any of her stuff. She seems like a wonderfully down to earth lady with a great respect for reading and books, and she’s been popping up in the news lately for opening a tiny bookstore in Nashville. She was shocked to see how much attention she’s been getting. http://www.npr.org/2011/11/16/142413792/ann-patchett-opens-parnassus-books-in-nashville
But that’s not the entire point. In her lecture she spoke about trying to bring back the book and the importance of tiny bookstores with staff who can actually recommend things, instead the online marketers such as Amazon who cannot. She also discussed how she doesn’t use e-readers (i.e. Kindles), but her husband does. Interestingly enough, she also mentioned how much MORE he reads now because of the convenience of the Kindle.
This kind of relates to our Future of Literacy projects as Kindles are beginning to catch on a whole lot. What do you guys think about them, and how do you think books are going to hold up against Kindles? What are the pros and cons?
Hope you all had great Thanksgiving breaks and didn’t get trampled in the Black Friday craziness.