"I certainly never write a review about a book I don't think worth reviewing, a flat-out bad book, unless it's an enormously fashionable bad book." --
says, John Gardner in Conversations with John Gardner
Quoted from 'Dictionary of Library and Information Science Quotations'     Edited by Mohamed Taher & L S Ramaiah. ISBN: 8185689423 (New Delhi , Aditya, 1994) p.150. Available @ Amazon.com

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Amazon's Kindle (genre: e-book reader)

To be able to read you need literacy, information and a medium. Amazon facilitates all of the above. Let's stick to information (message) and medium (electronic book reader), i.e., Amazon's Kindle. The good news is, Kindle, is now available in Canada (it was US exclusive wireless e-book reader). In the following is a quick glance of the product:
  • You don't need a computer or a connecting device - standalone, mobile via 3G wireless
  • Built-in keyboard -- helps in search, browse, notes, and navigation (back, forward, main home page)
  • Handy and light weight - just as holding a magazine
  • Lot of variety - Over 350,000 books plus newspapers, magazines, and blogs

  • Pricey, starting @ $299 (No free Internet + taxes, if you are in Canada, for instance)
  • Wireless utility not available globally (i.e, outside US & Canada)
  • You can not add more memory

    See also on the same shelf:
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  • News flash: the book isn't dead – yet John Barber, Tuesday's Globe and Mail,
    Monday, Dec. 28, 2009
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  • Amazon Kindle Wireless Reading Device (U.S. Wireless)
  • Stephen's Lighthouse: Kindle Comes to Canada
  • The E-Reader Explosion: A Cheat Sheet | Technologizer
  • Will tomorrow's libraries become more like museums of today -- A question for the coming decade
  • The Battle of Building Library's Digital Collection
  • Kindle guide to the the Internet Archive: More than a million free e-books for K owners to download @ TeleRead: Bring the E-Books Home
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