YUDU CEO talks ‘Kindle Shame’ with FOLIO

Richard Stephenson, YUDU CEO & Chairman, shares his thoughts on ‘Kindle Shame’ in his blog for FOLIO this week, which discu

sses how the iPad has created an extraordinary opportunity for publishers because iPad is more than eReader, it’s a multi-purpose device that also functions as a wi-fi enabled laptop.

‘I recently heard of a fellow in Boston, a friend of a colleague, who was an early adopter of Amazon’s Kindle e-reader. When he first bought his Kindle, he was eager to show it off, frequently bringing it to coffee houses to bask in the glow of adulation from curious onlookers.

Then came the iPad.

This gentleman now does his Kindle reading in the privacy of his home, embarrassed to bring his relic out in public. He has what I call “Kindle Shame.”’

You can read the whole blog on FOLIO. Is there anyone else suffering from Kindle Shame?!

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7 replies

  1. Not suffering from “Kindle Shame”… but I may need to see a doctor about my new-found “Book Shame” and “Hey-I’m-not-the-only-Richard-Stephenson-in-the-world” syndrome. Thanks for the article, from one Richard Stephenson to another. 🙂

  2. What is this Kindle Shame all about?I am sorry If I ask, but I really don’t understand what does it mean.

  3. It’s funny you should mention that. Electronics are like fashion accessories or handbags. Nobody wants something that’s out of fashion. Of course it’s shameful. It’s like wearing bell bottom pants or something.

    If you can’t keep up with the fashion, don’t participate. Stick with the classics.

    I like books. I like turning pages and I like having a bookmark showing my progress through a book.

    The ipad is hot (for now)…maybe.

  4. Here you go:
    The Kindle is an electronic device for downloading, storing, and reading electronic books, known as e-books. It was developed by a company called Lab 126 which is a subsidiary of Amazon. The Kindle has instant wireless access to Amazon.com and their huge number of e-books (over 115,000 and growing). You can read newspapers, subscribe to magazines and blogs, and even play audio files such as MP3’s or audio books. The Kindle is compact and lightweight so it is easy to handle. Just think of it as a conveniently portable television for your books.

  5. I read the original blog post, and I don’t think anyone’s supposed to take this gentleman’s story seriously. The author is pointing out the silliness of this one guy his friend knows, that’s all. And the man does sound silly; I’d bet money that he told that story to poke fun at himself in the first place. There’s no reason to be publicly ashamed of owning a Kindle. An N-Gage, possibly, but not a Kindle.

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