Surprising reactions to Kobo's bookshelf view
I showed my dad the Kobo reader today and he was the second person to be very taken by the bookshelf view. It might seem like a silly frill to some, but I am starting to notice that everyone I have showed this to really responds to it. I think the text-only views like on the Kindle really seem more like a computer to people, especially non-techie people. But seeing the actual shelf of books breaks that wall a little. Dad immediately started paging through the screens and commenting on several of the books I had (he noticed 'The Devil in the White City' on there, asked me if I read it yet, and when I said not yet, he said I should and that he thinks I'll really like it). The cover view made the titles seem like *books* to him and not computer files. It brought back fond memories for me of the books we used to share when I was growing up, of that voyeuristic pleasure of beginning my summer breaks at his house with a visit to the bookshelf to check out the new stuff. It was interesting. I hadn't really thought a feature like this was a big deal one way or the other, but it seems to be evoking a response in the people I show it to.