When You Wish Upon a Book

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Steven Michel's article, "When You Wish Upon a Book," lays out his wish list from his Amazon account. The list includes over 600 titles from as far back as May 2001. He touches on a few of the books on his wish list that he'll probably never read such as "Eat, Pray, Love" and many other "embarrassing" titles that are offered up to the public. Rather than browsing the bookstores, he mainly just window shops and adds the books he sees to his wish list. He humorously claims that he put Borders out of business singlehandedly. Michel also thinks he's buying fewer books these days and reading more newspapers, magazines, blogs, e-mails, tweets, etc. He states that he may read more if he had an e-reader, such as the Kindle that has been sitting in his Amazon shopping cart for months. He suggests that an e-reader would be more convenient and more portable. BUT, interestingly enough, Steven Michel isn't sure how he feels about being seen with an e-reader. He suggests he could hide it inside of a "real" book. Why?

His seemingly humorous and sarcastic statement at the end of his article relates directly to the other articles we have discussed in class and a seeming ongoing debate as to whether e-readers are a good or bad thing, the pros and cons, and the overall dispute that takes place is this new form of reading. Michel brings up the point that an e-reader would be more convenient and portable. He would also probably buy more books than he is by creating a massive wish list on Amazon. He says he would never want to be seen with an e-reader though. He is one of the people who are against this new technology and changing age. He never states why though, which makes me really curious what he has against them!



Will's picture

Silent Judgment

Right, does he think that his friends will judge him for using an ereader? Or is he worried what it means for him as a teacher and writer? I continue to be confused about why we have to choose between the two. In the past week, I bought and ebook version of a large novel and a paper version of the prequel to that novel (mostly because it had a cool cover). This argument is also doubly confusing because most books can be found in both formats practically unaltered.

carsonk's picture

The choice

I agree completely with you Will. For my Adolescent Lit class I recently read "The Red Badge of Courage" and had a hardcopy that I purchased before classes began. I decided to download the version on my Kindle so it would be easier to carry around and read the larger font. Really though there is no huge difference like you pointed out. A book is a book. The content is the same.


I find it funny that he'd be embarrassed to be seen carrying around an e-reader but at the same time he has no problem publishing an article about how he would like to have one. I want to tell him you can't come half way out of the closet. You'd get caught in the way of the door.