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May 13th, 2009

The Kindle DX Test at Princeton

Princeton University has created a website to set forth the rationale for exploring eReading devices (specifically the Kindle DX). The whole site (not large) is worth exploring. But one fascinating statement emerges: A driving factor in the launch of this pilot was the patterns of printing on campus. Statistics show that students are not reading…

May 7th, 2009

Separating the BS from the Kindle DX

I had a grand plan tonight to create an in-depth article debunking all of the false (or, at best, misleading) information that surrounded today’s launch of the Kindle DX. It had the same title as this blog entry. The article began: —————————————————————– Hush now, don’t explain Just say you’ll remain Unless you’re mad, don’t explain…

May 5th, 2009

Will the New Supersized Kindle Save the Newspaper Industry?

The press is absolutely buzzing with scuttlebutt about the apparently now not very secret annoucement that Amazon plans for Wednesday in New York of a new supersized Kindle, roughly at the 8-1/2 ” by 11″ page size. The first leak was in an article in the Sunday New York Times called “Looking to Big-Screen E-Readers…

May 1st, 2009

The Kindle is Not Attracting Youngsters

A very interesting blog entry on 4-29 from Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab; the title: “Kindle users skew older; does that impact news biz’s revenue hopes?” Mr. Benton reports on an article from a subscriber-based newsletter called Publishers Lunch, which reported that “…over half of reporting Kindle owners are 50 or older,…

April 28th, 2009

The Future of Digital Magazines

The title of this entry is tongue-in-cheek (at least I’m keeping my tongue in my mouth), as I just discovered Zinio’s little-publicized side venture: Undercover Mags. If you go to the site by clicking on this link, it will take you to the magazines deemed of interest to heterosexuals, and you’ll be greeted with a…