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July 20, 2009

An added benefit of Amazon's Kindle over paper


In an interview in this past weekend's Financial Times, British pianist Stephen Hough touched on the fact that as a result of his career, he often finds himself traveling — and eating — alone.

Said Hough, in response to interviewer Richard Holledge's question as to what were his favorite things, "My Amazon Kindle, the amazing electronic book. It's great for my traveling, when I often end up in a restaurant by myself, because there are no pages to turn when you are trying to eat. I've got hundreds of books on it, including the complete Charles Dickens for 99 cents."


As one whose default setting while eating is reading, this adds fuel to my potential Kindle-acquiring fire.

Which brings to mind a wonderful story about Stephen Hawking I recall reading years ago, in which a boyhood friend of his remarked on the strangeness of  having dinner at Hawking's house.

It seems everyone read during dinner: it was absolutely silent as each member of the family — including young Stephen — absorbed themselves in their book or whatever it was they were reading.

I would've been quite happy there.

July 20, 2009 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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We all read during meals at my house as well. It can be very companionable if everyone does it.

Posted by: Joan | Jul 20, 2009 8:55:16 PM

However, it still can't survive a drop in the bathtub, while print can.

And Kindles likely only smell of plastic, not paper and ink. Heady stuff, that.

Posted by: Becs | Jul 20, 2009 8:02:13 PM

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