The Kindle Reading Experience

Read President Obama’s Speech to Students on Your Kindle

Yesterday, President Obama delivered a speech remarkable for its mainstream admonitions and for the brief firestorm of controversy it generated in the past week. Was the President trying to “politicize” the process of getting an education, as some critics suggested, or was he using the bully pulpit to encourage kids to crack the books? You…

The Kindle Discrimination Lawsuit at ASU

When I saw the news about the lawsuit filed at Arizona State University concerning Kindle accessibility issues, I think I had a quick negative reaction to the upshot of the suit, that providing Kindles to sighted students creates a disadvantage for blind students. A journalism major at ASU, a plaintiff in the suit, sums up…

What Will Become of the Kindle DX?

Now that I have been using my Kindle DX for a couple of weeks, I have some observations. First, all of the menu-driven controls that I criticized a little bit in assessing the changes from kindle 1 to Kindle 2 are not as problematic as I thought. Switching the wifi on and off is pretty…

Is Kindle the perfect learning appliance?

The devices that we use to access content are getting smaller and smaller. One could make the case that the iPod Touch and the iPhone are in fact small pocket computers, and one wouldn’t be far from the truth. (The coming update to the iPhone operating system promises to allow, among other things, the ability…

The Tudors Finale and Anne of Cleves on Kindle

Poor Anne of Cleves. Or should I say, lucky Anne of Cleves? This historical character, played by Joss Stone on Showtime’s The Tudors, is one of the most enigmatic of Henry’s wives. She acts as a kind of historical pivot on which Protestantism, international politics, the changing character of Henry VIII, and the ineffabilities of…

Read About Swine Flu and Pandemics on the Kindle

I have been learning a lot about pandemics in the last few weeks. Who knew that the risk level for pandemics now stands at five out of six? The Wall Street Journal, which I read on my Kindle, has two articles in today’s paper, looking at worst case (The Age of Pandemics) and the most…

The Logic of the Kindle

Someone said “Why would I want to carry another device just to read a book?” I guess they missed the fact that they were already carrying a device just to read a book, and that would be the book itself…

Books Smell Fine on the Kindle

It has been amusing to hear over the last months how many people are wed to the way that books smell. The smell of books is cited as a primary objection to the Kindle, which, as far as I can tell, has no discernible smell. That sensory exploration of books by the nose seems almost…

Is It Illegal on Your Kindle?

Following Len Edgerly’s podcast last week of his interview with “Starbuck,” the Kindle-toting Army Captain serving in Iraq, I thought I would grab a copy of a book he recommended during the interview, T. E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom. I mean, the book was written a looong time ago so I figured that Project…

An Odd Path to Thursday on the Kindle

The little saga that results in this post began early Saturday morning when the Whispernet on my Kindle silently delivered my Wall Street Journal to the door. I especially love reading the Weekend Journal, with its eclectic collection of articles on topics ranging from shashimi to secret agents. Plus, where else can I find recommendations…