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I am predisposed to dislike the Kindle because I love books.
.........Yesterday, though, I started thinking seriously about the environmental comparison between print and technology and was struck by the potential advantage of well-wrought and properly made digital readers.
.........Even before it hits the storage shelf, each book has a long history of pollution. Last March, the Green Press Initiative investigated the environmental ramifications of the publishing industry, and their findings were daunting.
Full piece at the Huffington Post
Scott Douglas writes on his blog that the somewhat new Kindle update makes pages turn quicker and the Web load faster; he also notes a still unexplained feature called "Sync to Furthest Page Read."
The New Yorker, Narrative Magazine, and several regional newspapers have also made their way onto Kindle.
The Kindle 2 has a feature which allows the book to be read out loud. And wow, does this have the Author's Guild up in a tizzy.
"They don't have the right to read a book out loud," said Paul Aiken, executive director of the Authors Guild. "That's an audio right, which is derivative under copyright law."
Amazon is moving forward with the rather logical opinion that there's no way a person would confuse the computerized text to speech voice with an audiobook.
So all of you youth librarian types doing story time? STOP IT. You're violating copyright and you're probably doing it more ways than one since you're not only reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom out loud, but you're putting on a public performance.
In the Personal Tech section of the New York Times there is an article titled, What We Need on a Kindle
It starts: Amazon hasn’t even begun to ship the new Kindle. And, indeed, I haven’t even seen one yet, only photos.
But I can’t help but start thinking of all the things I’d have done differently if I was Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon. Or if I was Howard Stringer, the chief executive of Sony, the maker of the competing Sony Reader.
The article then details those suggestions. The article has a comments section.
Here was one of the comments:
How about the ability to borrow books from your local library and read them on your Kindle? The inability to do that is the only thing that’s preventing me from buying one.
Gizmodo has a Kindle 2 and they are providing a hands on review.
Some of the comments:
Controls are almost exactly the same as Kindle 1, just slightly re-arranged, for the better. You can still page forward from both sides. Although now, with more non-button room on the sides, you can definitely pick it up without turning the page. They nailed the buttons.
Hey, it's downright iPod Touchy.
I'll bet it kicks butt as a cake cutter.
Stephen King wrote a story called UR that is available only on the Kindle. King said that he was initially said no to writing a story but then he thought it was a way he could write a specific scene.
Paraphrase of what King said about story:
My wife likes to say that lobster is an excuse to eat butter. For me, sometimes, writing a story is an excuse to write a certain scene. Wanted to write a scene about the phenomenon of reading off a computer and the crisis point that at least the press has made between print media...and the evil Kindle.
UR by Stephen King
The Kindle 2 is now on the Amazon website. There is a video at Amazon that discusses the Kindle 2.
One of the new features is text to speech for all books on the Kindle.