By the Way: One Guy’s Experiment With the Kindle

On a sort of related topic (related, that is, to the previous post): Astute Reader Dexter sent me a link to this New Yorker magazine article in which the author gives the Kindle a test run. It’s a long article, but if you’re thinking about buying/using an e-reader, it’s worth reading.

Dexter also informs me that I’m ruining his reptutation: I keep referring to him here as this ultra-connected guy lying on a beach in Hawaii. He’s not, and he’s not: According to him, he owns pretty much zero e-gadgets (no blackberry, etc.) and spends little to no time on the beach itself.

He also says he’s not nearly as culturally literate as I keep making him sound, but he attempted to refute my description of himself by referencing seven obscure films, an ancient Paul Simon song, and Norman Mailer. Which, ahem, proves my point.

2 thoughts on “By the Way: One Guy’s Experiment With the Kindle

  1. I read this article in last week’s (this week’s?) print edition of the New Yorker. It was written by Nicholson Baker, one of my favorite authors. He didn’t really make the Kindle sound that exciting. One thing I don’t like about it… it’s expensive! Not to mention I hate reading on any kind of screen. In the end, he seemed to succumb to the Kindle but I think he did it reluctantly. I have no interest in getting one. It feels like the first step toward allowing Amazon to monopolize book publishing. Publishing monopolies – NOT GOOD!

  2. P.S. Amazon already has waaay too much power in book distribution, and they have demonstrated on numerous ocassions they are more than willing to abuse it!


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