Why I Hope Conspicuous Consumption Dies in the Age of the Kindle, Ctd

by Patrick Appel

A reader writes:

I had a laugh at this – a Kindle is a $300 dollar device that lets you read a book! It’s not $300 dollars worth of pages and print; it’s the equivalent of spending $300 dollars for a blank cover and binder. You still have to spend more money to load the actual print you want into it, and the whole thing may be moot as soon as the next upgraded version comes along. People who buy a Kindle are saying they have the money to commit to not just the  Kindle, but also the software and the implied arms race of continuous upgrades the device implies. If that’s not a form of conspicuous consumption, I don’t know what is.