Kindle Swapping and Browsing

January 25, 2011, By Christian Cawley

It seems that there are plenty of people out there that are happy enough with their Amazon Kindle e-readers, despite not taking full advantage of their pseudo tablets.

Amazon Kindle - read anything!

But how many would swap their eBook readers for real books? It’s an interesting question, one that has been put by Portland, Oregon-based Microcosm Publishing who are offering to trade your Kindle for a single device’s value in new or used books and magazine publications. Whether this is a brave ideological stand for the tradition of tree-based publications in the face of rampant consumerism or a desperate grab for a few e-readers isn’t clear, but apparently Microcosm are planning to include the used Kindles in a museum of “pagers, laserdiscs and 1990s cell phones”.

The problem is that if so many people really did want to dump their Kindles (the environmental impact aside), they’re probably not using the device to its full capabilities, such as browsing the web and viewing work-based documents – pretty much reading anything that isn’t a book. While taking advantage of a vast library of online books is one thing, there is so much more in the world to read.

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