A few book stories, e and otherwise

More on e-readers, which look set to acquire ever-more bells and whistles.

Nice pictures of the device itself at Books Inq., The Epilogue: 'Sony's new reader turns heads and pages', states the post's title.

Here's James Long of The Digitalist on '10 ways to gain a lover- of e-books.' (Or, 10 things e-publishers could do for readers.)

Battle of the sneak-peaks: Reader vs Kindle (via Readerville) – Sony's announcement of the next "generation" (aka "version") of its e-reader, and unofficial pictures of the Kindle upgrade (version 1 still unavailable in the UK). And, guess what, Sneak peak at Kindle 2 – same blog, better pictures.

A nice take from Martyn Daniels: Always online? "Why download files that may only have a limited life support system to devices that in the case of ebooks are clearly transient when you can be connected to anywhere at anytime? Online content is surely the ultimate goal."

If you'd prefer some "conventionally read book" reviews, here are a couple of good ones:

Stephen Lang on The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce.

Dovegreyreader scribbles (who is about to retire) on Pompeii, Life of a Roman Town, by Mary Beard.

Apropos of nothing relevant to this post, but I like it, is the incomparable Mary Beard herself on My Bradford and Bingley Mortgage. I know just how she feels, but that, as they say, is another story.

7 thoughts on “A few book stories, e and otherwise

  1. Only retiring from the “happens to be a community nurse in her spare time” bit Maxine, not as a bookaholic, sock-knitting quilter:-)

  2. I have been reading about your retirement plans with envy, DGR. You are retiring from the right bit, that is certain!

  3. Thanks, Dave, I will inform this house’s i-phone owner. I wonder how Camilleri will read, on an i-phone screen. The elegies for a lost way of life will not have quite the same resonance. (Any more than The Great Gatsby, which is the sample book text shown in the picture at the link you provide.)

  4. I just read Mary Beard’s essay on her mortgage. I don’t think I ever understood what mutuals and “demutualization” were before now (and I’m not totally sure I get it now, but I have a better idea). What it looks like is that your housing market in G.B. is now being tainted by our failing one in America. Apparently, strange mortgage loans have also been made in your country — though dif. from ours. Bankers, in their greed, are bleeding all of us dry. Those customers who don’t outright lose their homes must bear the burden of the ones who do, at least in your country it seems to be so. I never heard of group interest rates like the one Mary Beard is being forced to accept by her bank. Here, an individual or couple’s interest rate on their mortgage only depends on their own personal credit rating.
    Anyway, one big mess. And we just got the statements today on our already paltry retirement savings: I lost 10% of mine’s value (I had the safest stocks); my husband, who had risky ones, has lost 30% of his retirement funds’ value in the last year, 15% of it in the last quarter. Cat food, anyone?

  5. Oh Susan that sounds awful – I have a few paltry savings too (compensation from an accident I had ages ago, carefully saved for if my children decide to go to university) but I daren’t look at them now.
    Yes, over here you invest or borrow at a fixed or (more usual) changing interest rate. What you get has no relation to your credit rating (I have no clue what mine is or even if I have one – probably in the negative if they look at what I spend on Amazon).
    The problem seems to be the “toxic debts” (great phrase) whether that be the sub-prime US housing market or the “de-mutualised” b socs here who specialised in lending to people who could or would not offer security for loans. More fool them and as you say the rest of us are paying. Will probably go on for years and I guess China is laughing.

  6. Re the e-readers – at my dad’s I found a tiny book, faded and crumbling, called Bee, Paul and Babs. It had magical illustrations reminiscent of a long-gone age when everything seemed so much simpler.
    Inside was a sticker, sepia and hand-written in fountain pen. A prize awarded to Morris Alper, 1922.
    I showed it to my children and we each handled it with the care and love it deserved.
    For me this tiny book provided the best possible argument against the e-reader.

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