My wife thinks I’m insane. For a number of reasons, I suspect. But for the purposes of this post, I mean because of my gadget travel habits. You see, everywhere I go, I bring a MacBook, an iPad, and a Kindle. That’s on top of an iPhone, of course.
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I love my Kindle because it’s what I read every night before I fall asleep. And I know that if I don’t travel with it, I’ll get back into the bad habit of reading my phone (or tablet).³ Obviously, I check those before I go to bed, but I do try to set aside time to read without interruption before I sleep. It’s nice to read without distraction (and without as much backlight).
Couldn’t I just turn off the notifications on other devices? Sure. But I’m weak. When I read, my mind tends to wander. And on the iPad post-iOS 9, swiping left to bring up your Twitter feed is the new mind wandering. I will stray.
On the Kindle, I cannot. Yes, it has a web browser. But there’s a reason that feature has been labeled as “Experimental” since its inception. It’s terrible.
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But a quote by Dave Limp, Amazon’s head of hardware . . . seems to hold a key:
One thing about the Kindle itself won’t change, though: It’s not going to become anything more than a reading device. Amazon’s heard from so many customers over the years that they love their Kindle precisely for all the things it doesn’t do.It’s a respite from Facebook and news alerts, push notifications and emails. “The more that we’re distracted, the more valuable solitude becomes,” says Dave Limp, Amazon’s head of hardware. “The last thing I want is being absorbed into an author’s story, and get an uplevel notification for Angry Birds.” Reading is about focus, about falling out of your life and into a story, and so the Kindle is about those things too.
Link to the rest at Medium
PG doesn’t know if he will die before his Kindle Paperwhite does, but, if the Kindle goes first, he will instantly order another.