"Indian cave painting that is remarkably modern looking. Behold the future of the human race and the Kindle!"
A prominent local independent bookstore owner sent me an email just the other day explaining that book sales were undergoing a "temporary" lull over the introduction of a new "toy." She meant of course the Kindle as well as all e-readers and what she was intuiting is that said Kindles, et. al, are just a passing phase.
Is she kidding?
Does anyone really think Kindle and E-Readers are going to go away anytime soon or at all for that matter? Isn't this the same as saying the music industry has decided to give up downloads in order to go back to vinyl or 8-track tapes? Should we give up digital cable television for the old rabbit-eared reception broadcast over VHF waves? Maybe we should all hand in our personal computers for adding machines and slide rules?
How about you dear reader, what do you foresee as the future of the Kindle? Do you see it going away soon? Fading into the sunset like last year's most popular T-shirt? Do you think of it as a toy? Under what circumstances will the toy simply disappear, the literary sales paradigm once more ruled exclusively by paper books that can also be returned to the publisher for cash on the barrel-head of they don't sell within six weeks?
Here's my opinion: The Kindle will disappear when we finally reach the end of days, and both electronic readers and paper books give way once more to cave paintings and stone tablets.