Bells and Whistles

In an interview with the Huffington Post, King was discussing “A Good Marriage,” but it quickly became a discussion about physical books versus ebook technology. King was adamant that the progression of books is simply ebooks but with “bells and whistles.”

“But the big difference is that audio recordings of music have only been around for, I’m going to say, 120 years at the most. Books have been around for three, four centuries,” King said, the Huffington Post reported.

“There’s a deeply implanted desire and understanding and wanting of book that isn’t there with music. It’s a deeper well of human experience. Here’s another thing: if you drop a book into the toilet, you can fish it out, dry it off and read that book. But if you drop your Kindle in the toilet, you’re pretty well done,” King said.

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You can pretty much guarantee that anyone who uses the phrase ‘bells and whistles’ is no fan of enhanced books.

By the way, who drops Kindles in the toilet? (Not that I expect anyone to admit that in public.) Wouldn’t the device get jammed in the bowl before it hits the water? Water levels in toilets are lower Down Under, so I wouldn’t expect that problem. You could fish it out before it got wet. Also, if you loved your Kindle so much that you read it on the toilet, I’m pretty sure you’d buy another one. Devices are only set to go down in price. The difference between dropping a hardback copy of Carrie into the lav and dropping your Kindle in is that why you buy your new Kindle, you still own the digital copy of Carrie. Swings and roundabouts. Bells and whistles…

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