The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking #2) by Patrick Ness

I am not a big fan of dystopian fiction, and I still found some of the writing over the top and disjointed, but I enjoyed the suspense and ambiguity more in this second volume; even as Mayor/President Prentiss seems to turn even darker and more maniacal. I am not a big fan of dystopian fiction, and I still found some of the writing over the top and disjointed, but I enjoyed the suspense and ambiguity more in this volume; even as Mayor/President Prentiss seems to turn even darker and more...

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E-Books, Change and the Reading Experience

When the text is the primary focus (as it is for most of the books I read), I actually prefer my Kindle. It is easier to read for those of us with tired eyes and spouses who don't want bright lights at night. It is thin and light and ultra-portable. I can read for long periods of time and that is the best way to get lost in a book.

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Kindle Quick Hits: The Flinch by Julien Smith

Kindle Quick Hits: The Flinch by Julien Smith

One of the interesting things that has developed as part of the growth of e-books is the ability to publish essays and shorter type works quickly and easily and reach a large audience.  If you want to publish something quickly and have the potential to reach a large audience you can now do it yourself in e-book form.  Charge little (anywhere from $.99-$2.99 usually) and make it easier for people to pull the trigger. I have been taking advantage of this development to read some interesting...

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More on Kindle and the joy of reading

More on Kindle and the joy of reading

Miljenko Williams ruminates on Kindle and being engrossed in a good read: But what I most like about the whole Kindle experience is that in some intangible and inexplicable way it has managed to use digital technologies to turn me away from hypertextuality. I love the Internet – always will do, of course.  But Amazon’s Kindle has reminded me of the simple pleasure of burying oneself in a text – a pleasure I had lost in an online maze of endless restless clicking. A simple...

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American Spectator E-Book Debate

American Spectator E-Book Debate

The American Spectator has offered a couple of different perspective on e-books this week.  On Wednesday, Lisa Fabrizio didn’t so much denounce electronic books as worry about what their growth might mean: And so it was with trepidation that I read last week that Amazon.com announced that for the first time, sales of titles for its Kindle e-readers outpaced those of hardcover books. Now, I’m no luddite when it comes to the advance of technology, but I hope I’m not wrong...

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Are e-readers 8-tracks in disguise?

Are e-readers 8-tracks in disguise?

The Wall Street Journal ponders this question: Books are having their iPod moment this holiday season. But buyer beware: It could also turn out to be an eight-track moment. While e-reading devices were once considered a hobby for early adopters, Justin Timberlake is now pitching one on prime-time TV commercials for Sony Corp. Meanwhile, Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle e-reading device has become its top-selling product of any kind. Forrester Research estimates 900,000 e-readers will sell in the...

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