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Kindle Again

I’ve been talking about the Kindle for over a year.  I was first intrigued by the idea of the technology a year and half ago on a trip to Spain when I ran out of reading material on the plane.  I wasn’t convinced to buy the Kindle then because of price issues and because of the fact that Amazon seems to have messed up some copyright issues.  But finally, I caved and bought one about two weeks ago.  I’ve used it a fair amount in these two weeks and I have mostly positive, although mixed, reviews of it.

I have mostly loved the Kindle.  I have read my first non-fiction book already.  I have begun my first novel which I am loving reading on the device.  I love being able to browse the Kindle store at any moment.  The device has been the subject of conversation with a variety of people, wherever I have chosen to use it.  My one area of disappointment has to do with reading the Boston Globe.  To subscribe to the Globe on the Kindle is $9.99 per month.  To buy the paper version of the Globe is significantly more expensive than that.  If I bought just the Sunday Globe each month, it would cost $4 per week.  Each daily paper is $1.50 up here in NH.  To buy any single issue of the Globe on the Kindle is only $.49.  So I thought it would be a great deal to read the Globe using this device.  The problem is that for your $.49, you do not get the entire Globe.  This has been a great disappointment for me. 

I almost always buy the Globe on Sundays and I am especially fond of the Ideas/Books section.  The Kindle version of the Sunday paper is significantly limited, however.  I have decided that I will buy the paper version of the Sunday Globe so the Kindle is useless for that purpose.

All in all, I am very happy with my Kindle.  I did, however, have to purchase a case for it that makes it feel as though I am reading an actual book.  Some aesthetics are important.

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I am currently Professor of Digital Media at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. I am also the current Coordinator of General Education at the University. I am interested in game studies, digital literacies, open pedagogies, and generally how technology impacts our culture.

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