Why does Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen think that Amazon's desire to "reinvent the book" means that they want to kill off everything in print? Read this article and see if you don't come away with the same question.
I think it's marvelous that an organization like Amazon is interested in reinventing the industry. Technology is all around us, so why not figure out a great application for it in the world of books/content? Cohen needs to understand that print books will be with us for many more generations (I have no doubt Amazon realizes this) and it's OK for content to evolve onto other platforms. Anyone care to wager whether Mr. Cohen would have dissed the newfangled "bound book" when it started to replace scrolls?
While it's one thing to reject the e-reader device concept, why in the world would you penalize Amazon for developing print alternatives? I get his point about wanting the local brick-and-mortar stores to survive. I do too, but I'm convinced there will always be a need for your lcoal bookstore, but the services and products it offers might have to evolve as well.
I get a kick out of the fact that so many of Cohen's friends have already adopted the Kindle platform. I just wasn't sure whether to laugh or cry when I read that he actually bought a Kindle for himeself. I hope he gives it a chance and writes a follow-up column about his user experience.