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The Most Over-Hyped Tablet Since Moses Came Down From The Mountain

As one who has lost the ability to read printed books, I’m always searching for that richer context when the text itself is inaccessible to me. I thrive in the proliferation of book excerpts and videos, reviews and interviews available now on the Internet. I have more ways to learn about books than ever before. In the end, though, what I want is the book itself in an accessible format. Given Apple’s penchant for imperialistic control of devices and DRMs, I doubt that the latest tablet handed down from the mountain will reach me as a reader. Continue reading

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Laredo Loses Its Last Bookstore

When I heard an NPR story this morning about the closing of the one and only bookstore in Laredo, Texas, a city with a quarter million inhabitants, I was heartened anew by the fact that my humble village of 4,000 has three bookstores. And I can walk to any of them in less than five minutes. That’s the flaneur’s definition of a walkable, readable neighborhood. Continue reading

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Is An Audiobook Really a Book?

I see red whenever I run into the pompous assertion that reading by listening to a book read aloud is not really reading. Then I ask (loudly, of course, to anyone who will listen), how did I read Ulysses (three … Continue reading

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Ray Kurzweil Will Offer Free EBook Software For Universal Text-To-Speech (UTS) Reading

Calvin Reid reports in Publishers Weekly from the Frankfurt Book Fair that Ray Kurzweil is bringing free software with Universal Text-To-Speech (UTS) technology to the ebook market: Baker & Taylor announced a partnership with acclaimed scientist, inventor and futurist Ray … Continue reading

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