I do not want to be a beta tester for the novels of the future.
While surfing the internet I found this Wall Street Journal article about how ereaders are collecting information on people’s reading habits. Do you skim introductions? Read your whole book in one sitting? Flip to the end before reading the first chapter? Your Kindle knows the answer to all of those questions. It knows how you read, what books, how often, and for how long. It even knows what passages you highlight and what notes you put in the margins. I wouldn’t have such a problem with this intimate relationship between the ereader and I if it wasn’t such a blabber mouth.
Your Kindle/iPad/Nook then reports back to data crunchers and researchers who use that information to figure out what everyone in a freemarket economy wants to know — what sells. So in order to keep things to myself (I never finished War and Peace but burned through The Da Vinci Code in 5 hours) I’m just going to stick with the paper and cardboard.
I’ll have to ask Ash what she thinks about this revelation, being a Kindle owner and user herself.