The Lost Generation

How most kids at school now will probably never own a physical copy of anything…

Do you remember what it is like to buy a brand new album, the joy it brings to remove the protective cover and slip the disc into the player while you pull out the sleeve and read it cover to cover?  Or when you take out a book from the library and flick through the pages while it reveals that old, musty smell you only get from an old book?

I bet children of this generation will never get to experience this. With all this growing technology, it really gets you thinking about how it is affecting them.  It seems that they will never understand that feeling when you buy a new CD or record.  Or when you buy a new book or borrow one from the library and fan the pages across your face to get that smell. 

It is a shame in many ways to know that in school they are now on computers most of the day and are expected to have homework typed and printed from a computer.  What happened to the days of the good old pen and paper? 

Or they walk around with earphones in making it hard to socialise when out and about, every piece of music they own is probably downloaded.  Unless they are die-hard fans of music in which case they buy the physical copy then put on their iPods.

Then we have the Kindle which means that instead of going out and buying the book to have and hold, you just download onto this new piece of technology.  Ask yourself, If you are going to spend £10 on a downloaded version of the book that you will never get to physically hold, then why wouldn’t you just go to your local bookstore and buy the real thing?

It is kind of like your favourite restaurant having an ‘app’ that you can download your favourite meal from the menu and all you can do is smell how it would be if you had the real thing.  There really is no comparison to having the physical product in your hand and the joy it can bring when you re-discover that album or book you thought was lost.

 

Technology is advancing far more quickly than our minds can process it.  With iPads, iPods, Kindles and laptops it is hard to step away from it all and get a kid to read a book or write a letter.  Rather than typing a text or having their heads buried into a screen all day long.

It is a shame and if we as a society don’t try to make it better, then it will be too late.  Say goodbye to the days of going into a music or book shop and wondering around for hours taking in the smells and sounds. And say hello to the World Wide Web, where you don’t get to experience the smells and sounds you once loved. 

You are probably reading this thinking it is some old, wise and bitter person who hates technology because they can’t figure out how to work it.  But it is not, this is a woman in her early twenties who feels we are losing the generation that are the future of our nation. 

Now this is not saying technology is a bad thing, of course it isn’t.  Just that maybe it is time to stand up and show the younger generation that life isn’t all about getting the latest downloads and gadgets, that there are alternatives like having the physical product in the palm of your hands.

If they just got the revelation that you can still go to the store and buy the product then maybe we can put a stop to losing not only this generation but losing our beloved high street.

This of course is a whole separate matter…

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Buyers Guide: Amazon Kindle

Summer is here and to me that means one thing… holidays! When I think of a holiday, I think of books. Whether you’re going to Europe, America, the Caribbean or more tropical climes this summer, I’m sure most of you will be stuffing a few paperbacks in your suitcase to read while you’re basking in the sunshine by the pool or on the beach. With the introduction of Amazon’s revolutionary Kindle and Kindle 3G you now have thousands of books at your fingertips.

Every year airport bookstores get a huge influx of travellers in July and August who are looking for books to while away the time. Although this uplift in sales is great for stores like WH Smith, the average traveller often finds that their chosen reading material takes up quite a bit of space – especially if like many of my friends you are a speed reader. It can get to the stage that you’ve got a paperback squirreled away in every bulging pocket of your luggage.

Thankfully there is now a solution for those who are tired of lugging around handfuls of paperbacks. The Amazon Kindle has come to the rescue. This handy device is a godsend to any literary traveller as it weighs a mere 247g – which is much lighter than the average paperback. What’s more, the Kindle is capable of storing up to 3500 books. That wasn’t a typo. I said 3500! The Kindle is unashamedly the size of an impressive library and yet comes in a compact hand held package that will satisfy even the most avid of readers at home and abroad.

The Kindle comes in two versions. The standard Kindle costs only £111. If you want 3G wireless functionality – and let’s be honest, who doesn’t these days – then you can purchase the Kindle 3G for £152. That may sound a bit high but is the same price as a good iPod. More importantly, once you have the Kindle 3G in your grasp you have the benefit of being able to access thousands of titles within minutes from Amazon. In fact, Amazon proudly boost that you can “think of a book and start reading it in 60 seconds”. That’s a hell of a lot faster than the time it would take you to shop at a regular airport bookstore and avoids those tiresome never-ending queues that we’ve all had to put up with time and time again at the airport. Now with the Kindle you have a whole bookstore to yourself and you’re only a few quick clicks away from the bestseller list or your favourite authors and genres.

Other features of the Kindle which will interest you are:

  • Kindle screens can be read clearly in direct sunlight – perfect during summer sun!
  • Kindle has up to one month battery life – handy on those 14 night holidays!
  • Kindle 3G has no monthly bills or annual contracts – you only pay for the books downloaded!

You can learn more about the Kindle at http://www.amazon.co.uk.

For the fashionistas out there or just those who want to protect their precious little Kindle, there is a wide range of jackets out there in dozens of designs and finishes to keep your Kindle safe and sound. My favourite are the leather jackets available at Amazon – right now there is a special Kindle Summer Promotion at Amazon where you can get 20% off any Amazon Kindle cover with your Kindle or Kindle 3G purchase.

So what are you waiting for? Click here to buy your very own literary powerhouse and get ready for a whole new reading experience that will change the way you buy and read books forever!

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