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A Threat in New Technology: The Kindle Fire

Technology photoThe Kindle Fire was announced on September 28, 2011, making it a fairly new technology. The use of the Kindle Fire brings thousands of books as well as movies and TV shows right at your fingertips. The positive and negative effects that the Kindle Fire has on our society and our economic change are many. While it is easier to get ahold of out of print books and published books, it decreases the sales of book stores worldwide. In September of 2011, Borders, a popular book store closed its doors. This is not to say that the Kindle Fire is at fault, but the advances our technology has made in the recent years has made it hard for franchised stores to compare.

The technology of the Kindle Fire contributes to our society by allowing books and other sources of media easy to access. In turn, it has made a reader out of essentially a non-reader. Without leaving the comfort of your own home, you can download any book you wish to have at your fingertips. Downloading books are also cheaper than retail prices, leading a sociological epidemic in the fast-paced world of technology.

The negative effects that the Kindle Fire has on our society, in my opinion far outweigh the positive effects. As a writer, I love the feel and smell of a physical book in my hands. The Kindle Fire takes away this simple pleasure of well-worn pages, musty scents and book cover illustrations, leaving only black and white words on a blaring computer screen. While this is only my personal opinion, the social epidemic for immediate downloadable items has become the “next new thing.” Pretty soon, book stores might be scarce and finding a physical book might come far and in between. With the increase in sales of Kindle Fires and other similar technologies, the demise of books and book stores begin, leaving writers, book lovers, avid readers and the like, forced to join this movement of technology.

In conclusion, the Kindle Fire drives a large sociological change. Whether you agree with this movement or refuse to look at the possible future outcome of books in general, Kindle Fires are here to stay, and hopefully, books are as well.

 

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