All Obama, All the Time …

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If you own a television, listen to the radio, or read a newspaper (not to mention this here inter-web thingy), you may have noticed that Obama’s oath-taking is all anyone is talking about.  So I won’t.  Instead, I would like to point out to my readers (both of you!) that…

UNCLE JAY  has a KINDLE!!!.  He even gave it a cameo in this week’s video.

By any other name / from a working library

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20081023__ut_schools_kindle_10231_viewerAs you can see from the photo at left, Amazon has gone to some effort to make the Kindle look like a book.  Below is an excerpt from an interesting essay on our inability to rename the book, now that it’s not always found in its familiar bound format, followed by a link to the full article.   If not ‘ebook’, what would you call it?

The form of the book has persisted more or less unchanged for several hundred years now. The covers are generally softer, and the materials less precious, but Gutenberg would undoubtedly recognize the books of today as having more or less the same character as the books of his time. And well enough: the book is an object of technological invention that has functioned with only minimal advancement for centuries. Until recently, there was nothing broken, and therefore nothing to fix.

That age has ended. We are now ushering in a new age of books which exist without any physical presence at all, which can be transmitted across oceans in moments, in which annotations and criticisms can be shared in ways no one of the seventeenth century could ever have imagined. (Indeed, ways we of the twenty-first century are only beginning to understand.) And yet we still stubbornly refer to them as “books,” tucking but a sly vowel up front (“ebook”), as if we’re afraid to really admit how much has changed. This naming convention is no less absurd than if the codex was called a “folded scroll” or the scroll a “soft, thin, rolled tablet.” Dramatic changes in form require equally dramatic changes in terms.

via By any other name / from a working library.

More Kindle Love

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Another rave review of the Kindle, from Rick Tetzeli at Entertainment Weekly.

I now enjoy the Kindle edition of the Times more than the real thing. Yes, I miss the photographs, but honestly (sorry, photo editors!), I don’t miss them that much. Since you navigate by clicking through article headlines and blurbs, reading the Times, Newsweek, or Fortune is like reading a blog, only without the headache of a computer screen. I find myself reading more full-length articles, both mainstream features and off-point surprises, than I ever did with the print versions — the experience is totally different; instead of scanning a newspaper spread or busy magazine pages, your eye is focused only on the list of articles, making it easier to find stories you’re interested in. And finally, the prices are great: My brother-in-law Mark, who lives in Massachusetts, glommed onto my Kindle during vacation, and loved it so much that he figured out the following ploy (in order to convince his wife that he should buy it): He saw the Kindle for $395, found a promotion that cut $100 off the price, then got a Kindle subscription to The New York Times ($168/year) and dumped their home subscription ($697/year). Satiating tech lust has never been so cost-effective!

it’s a great way to travel with books and newspapers and magazines, and the best example yet of how the worlds of deep reading and digital innovation have begun to happily collide. The next logical step is already under way: Amazon is rumored to be working with many colleges across the country to test a college edition of the Kindle. In this future, when Tal scooters to school, she won’t be swerving around under the weight of a heavy sackful of books on her back.

via Can the Kindle sway a book geek? | Digital Commentary | News + Notes | Entertainment Weekly