Robert Gentel wrote:
I mean, if someone is reading a kindle, all you see is them looking at a white device.
You can't see a partial title between the thumb and forefinger of the reader, or the name of an author you love, or have an interest in trying.
You don't see the enticing cover, making you wonder what in the world that's all about.
You should do something like ask "what are you reading" then if you want to talk. If the title is displayed visibly I don't get why you find the question more appropriate.
don't go off saying I'm anti technology, I'm not even going to go there.
As I said in the rest of the post above, if someone is out in public, staring at a laptop screen, most of the time people aren't going to walk up and say "watcha doin'?"
Just as, I don't feel most people would be that interested to go up to someone looking at something that looks an awful lot like a laptop screen (smaller of course) from the back, nothing but an anonymous piece of plastic. I also mentioned that right now, I could see someone asking "is that a kindle, tell me about it"....but that wouldn't last long. Can you imagine saying to someone today "wow, is that one of those cell phones/pda's/ipods? How do you like it?"
I see lots of people reading books, that, if I take a 2nd to glimpse the cover, I'd have no interest in talking to them about it.
I can see they're reading, let's say a book on the political climate in some country I know nothing about, and don't have a big interest in learning about. It could be a book about sports cars, baseball, some mushy romance, etc. I'm not going to flair up a conversation with someone who is reading about engines, or how Duke Alfredo is making advances on Mary Lou Higgenbotham of Farmland, America. If they're friendly, I'm going to be trying to hold my end up in a conversation about basketball, which I would totally be unable to do, and was not prepared to politely disengage. It would be ackward to say the least.
If I see they're reading something medical, phychological, a thriller, or a new book out on by an author I love, I'm likely to ask them about it.
So, what's wrong with the idea of putting a screen on the part of the book others can see?
Personally, I think that's a brilliant idea of marketing, and I deserve 50% of increased profits for coming up with that idea.
Just like on an ipod someone else can see what's playing, a kindle will soon have a way to show people what you're reading.
The woman I sat down with? I wouldn't have asked her if I was just walking by with my ruben sandwich, noting she was reading. There were probably 3 other people there reading. I wouldn't have walked up to everyone in the place asking them.
But, what she was reading caught my eye. I noticied the authors name, I shared with her another author who I thought she might like. Before the conversation even began, I knew we had at least one little thing in common.
Oh God, I just had a thought...you walk up to someone reading a kindle, and randomly ask "What are you reading?"
Oh, it's a book about how we can live our lives the way Jesus would, if he was here today. But, we know he IS here today, because he died on the cross to save us all from our sins.....Are you a christian? You not? Well let me talk to you all about it while you're trying to back away and escape.
I don't think I would ever have talked to the person reading that, if I could have seen the cover.