Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Welcome Kindle Addicts!


tr.v. kin·dict·ed, kin·dictskin·dic·tion
To cause to become physiologically or psychologically dependent on Amazon's Kindle book reader: The librarian was kindicted.
n. One who is kindicted.

Are you a kindict? Do you have a kindiction?  Here are a few simple questions to ask yourself:

  • Have you amassed a large collection of eBooks that you will read 'eventually'?
  • Do you make a point of telling people how many books you have on your Kindle?
  • Do you become hostile when others point out how much better the iPad will be than the Kindle?
  • Do you spend time scanning or converting books to work perfectly on your Kindle?
  • Have you re-purchased books you already own just to read them on the Kindle?
  • Do you have a pet name for your Kindle?
  • How often are you tempted to ignore work and other responsibilities to use your Kindle?
  • Are you reading more than 10 books at a time on your Kindle?
  • Have you replaced TV watching/web browsing with your Kindle?

If you find yourself agreeing with more than half of the questions, you may be kindicted.  You are not alone; a large portion of Kindle users are admitting that they are reading: 'more than ever before' (source: Google query of 'kindle "read more than ever"').  While on the surface, the Kindle may seem like a healthy diversion, but just beneath the e-paper surface, kindiction has the potential to wreak havoc on affected individuals and their families.

If you are not kindicted yet, be aware of the warning signs in yourself and others.  Remember: you are not alone.

Like any other addiction, kindiction requires the users to be introspective.  Here is the '12-page' program for breaking kindiction:
  1. We are powerless over Amazon and its Kindle devices - it literally takes over our life with literary.
  2. Admit that a power greater than ourselves (or Steve Jobs) can restore us to our regular diversions.
  3. Make a decision to turn our Kindles over to the care of Amazon's suggested reading lists.
  4. Made an XML-based based Calibre inventory of our books.
  5. Admit to Jeff Bezos, and to ourselves, the exact nature of our book sources - including Macmillan.
  6. Be entirely ready to have Amazon wirelessly and completely remove all non-DRMed books off our devices.
  7. Humbly ask Amazon to support PDF and EPUB formats properly.
  8. Made a list of all the authors we have wronged.
  9. Purchase directly from the author, except where to do so would put them in direct conflict with their Amazon agreement.
  10. Continue to take a personal Calibre inventory of books, and purge books when necessary.
  11. Search for and download a sample of prayer and meditation books through Kindle.
  12. Carry this message onto other kindicts, so that they may share their lists with us.
This site is dedicated to providing support for the kindicts around the world.  Please let other kindicts hear your personal story of anguish and triumph, and check back often for updates.