Quickies – Kindle and Tina Brown

Princeton, which produced Jeff Bezos in the class of ’86, started using the Kindle in some of its courses.  Less than two weeks out, the Daily Princetonian reports, both students and faculty are none too pleased with the device. Said one student, “I hate to sound like a Luddite, but this technology is a poor excuse of an academic tool, It’s clunky, slow and a real pain to operate.”  http://www.dailyprincetonian.com/2009/09/28/23918/

Robert Teitelman has a think piece in The Deal today about Tina Brown and her new project. Ms. Brown is working with Perseus books to create a new imprint, Beast Books, that will publish titles by Daily Best writers on a greatly accelerated schedule. Books will first be produced as e-books, and then as paperbacks within four months of the start of the writing process. Teitelman feels that the new crop of books on the financial crisis, written within what seems like moments of events, lack perspective, and serve “a) for the advances, b) as a reason to go on TV and radio as experts and c) as a platform for blogging.” He further states that, “Books want to be magazine articles, which want to be newspaper columns or (mostly) blogs. The now hopelessly old-fashioned notion that books were written to take a step back from the daily marketplace of opinion exists only among academics…” http://www.thedeal.com/dealscape/2009/10/tina_brown_and_her_quickie_boo.php

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