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Kindle Kindles Your Enthusiasm — Not

I’m sure you’ve already heard that yesterday amazon.com released their e-reader, the Kindle. It uses the e-ink technology, has a keyboard and a wireless connection, which enables you to download books (or magazines or newspapers) directly from amazon.com without ever having to use a ‘puter. You can also subscribe to specific blogs (which might or might not be picked by amazon) at a monthly fee. The device has received praise and laurels from such eminent writers as Toni Morrison, James Patterson and Neil Gaiman — so the Kindle must be a book-lovers dream, right?

Well, apart from the fact that it only supports a very limited number (as in, “we’d prefer if you’d read only books in the format we’ve specifically created for our lovely Kindle”) of formats.

And apart from the fact that

[t]he Device Software will provide Amazon with data about your Device and its interaction with the Service (such as available memory, up-time, log files and signal strength) and information related to the content on your Device and your use of it (such as automatic bookmarking of the last page read and content deletions from the Device). Annotations, bookmarks, notes, highlights, or similar markings you make in your Device are backed up through the Service. Information we receive is subject to the Amazon.com Privacy Notice. (from the Amazon Kindle License Agreement and Terms of Use)

Wheee! Isn’t this splendid? Didn’t you always want to find out what it’s like to live in a totalitarian state? Didn’t you always want to have a Big Brother?

Now, I know, of course, that amazon is already collecting info whenever I place an order on their site. And since Mobipocket belongs to amazon, too, information on purchases I make there is also collected. BUT to collect info about what I do with my books??? Where I place bookmarks? What kind of annotations I make? Hello???? This is most definitely not my idea of a book-lovers dream!

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Dive into Mark has an interesting bit on the Kindle: The Future of Reading (A Play in Six Acts).