Father Dennis McNeil of St. Robert’s Church in Newark, Ohio doesn’t think the Kindle would make a good alternative for the Good Book and its related elements in services. “While I can see that Kindle and devices of that kind can be helpful in private reading of scripture and other spiritual readings, I do not see them of viable use in liturgical usage,” he says. “The use of real, bound books that have some ‘heft’ to them is more in keeping with the nature of the liturgy both at Mass and at other celebrations such as baptisms, et cetera.
KindleBoards has also added its own blog to the Kindle dialogue, joining a robust group that includes Stephen Windwalker’s Kindle Home Page, Andrys Basten’s Kindle World, Jesslyn Hendricks’ My Kindle Stuff, Will DeLameter’s EduKindle, Joe Wikert’s Kindleville, Jan Zlendich’s Kindle Reader and more.
I thought it was visually unappealing and it was a single-purpose device in a multi-purpose world. Remember, I’d been reading e-books for years on the same device that held my calendar and contacts, e-mail, games, even basic databases. Kindle felt like a step back in functionality.”
“Fortunately, it's not my responsibility to explain to every critic on the Internet why I bought something,” he says. “I'm perfectly content to curl up with the collected Terry Pratchett and wait out the hubbub.”