I was on TV last week!!
UTV Bloomberg has a show called Techtree, which is half an hour of entertaining clips and titbits relating to technology. I had been interviewed by them for our Twitter group’s work at The Wall Project. This show has a slightly different format now and a new host, who’s a familiar face around the social media – Aalaap Ghag. Each show has a debate of some sort, relating to technology. Last week’s debate was on real books versus ebooks, specifically Amazon’s Kindle ebook reader. Shakti Salgaokar spoke on behalf of the electronic medium while I supported the good ol’ fashioned paper-based book.
There were a number of interesting things that came up in the conversation – cost, convenience, durability, variety and additional features. In all honesty, I must say that Shakti’s Kindle had me hooked too. It’s a neat, lightweight device that looks very much like a grown-up iPod in its design. The additional features, that Shakti elaborated on, are great too (text-to-speech, dictionary).
My stronghold in this argument is the cost factor. At around $250, the device doesn’t come cheap. Of course, the cost is expected to go down and the recurring cost of ebooks is far less than the paper versions. However, I still can’t imagine that it will go down so far as to be a real alternative for the vast majority of the reading population. The cost barrier makes it very much a toy for the connoisseur.
I’m rather afraid the argument didn’t quite depict the above as convincingly for which I should blame Shakti’s superior debating skills and Aalaap’s biased refereeing (“The program is called Techtree, after all!”) ;-)!! I was quite amused to be described as ‘Ramya Pandyan, bookworm, @ideasmithy‘ and facing ‘Shakti Salgaokar, e-page turner, @shaaqT‘. All in all, it was fun, shooting for a TV show. It took over three hours of actual production (not counting the 45-odd minutes in make-up, discussion and preparation) and god alone knows how long of editing to end up in this 6 minute clip. Do watch!