After trying out ‘Pocket’ for a couple of weeks. I’m going back to Instapaper > Kindle. It’s just a better reading experience.
And here’s why:
I had the time to watch one of Studio Ghibli’s earlier work, “Whisper of the Heart”. It’s a simple, relatively monotone love story. There are no obvious climax, but bumps along the way to create heart-throbbing sparks on the simplicity of life.
The animation was made in the 1990s where computer are slowly becoming mainstream. The trigger of the story was built on the use of the library card, that you could find at the back of a library book. From the card, you can see information on previous check-outs of the book.
The idea of reading a physical book becomes romantic.
Book is a strange thing by modern standard. It only does one thing. From cover to cover, it only contains text related to what is on the book.
There was a scene where the girl was reading a new book that she has been looking forward to read. She was so engrossed in reading, that in the next cutscene, the bright summer sky turned into a beautiful purple hue. And she started to tear up as she flipped through the pages.
There were no instant messengers, GIFs, Facebook notifications, Twitter tweets, or other temptations technology can offer. There were only words, beautiful words, moving words, stringed together to form a beautiful story.
Sending daily reading list from Instapaper to Kindle is creating that experience. An experience that is solely focused on the words, the story.
And that’s why.