My Kindle’s Place in an iPad World

I’ve often said that my iPad is my favorite electronic device ever. I love its utility, portability, and ease of use. Its app-centric focus and sleek design lets you forget you’re using an iPad and focus on your task at hand. Given how much I enjoy using it, you might think my Kindle e-reader would fall by the wayside, and that was true at first. But lately I’ve gotten more enjoyment out of my Kindle, and this is due in part to one positive and one negative aspect of my iPad. [Read more...]

Analog Reading

Last week I did something I hadn’t done in a year or two: I ordered four physical books.

It’s not that I haven’t been reading. On the contrary, ever since my wife bought me a Kindle for my birthday in 2009 and I followed that with an iPad in 2010, I’ve greatly increased the number of books that I read. The convenience of grabbing a electronic book at any time is a magical experience with both of these devices.

On the other hand, my acquisition and use of physical books has been greatly reduced. I don’t like clutter and having a bunch of books lying around seems like a waste of space to me. However, when I found an out-of-print title with no ebook edition, I gave in and made a purchase. Plus, when I saw how much the flat rate shipping was going to be, I also added three other titles to my order for good measure.

Hate reading long posts online? Use with your Kindle

When I’m reading on my computer, I tend to avoid blog posts or news articles more than five-hundred words. No matter how good the content, all the scrolling and eye-strain limits my attention span. On the other hand, I love reading on my Kindle. The Kindle’s E Ink® display is like reading on paper. Now, imagine combining your favorite online content with your favorite electronic reader. This is what lets you do.

Instapaper Lets You “Read Later”
Signing up for an account at Instapaper lets you add a “Read Later” bookmarklet to your browser. Now, any time you come across something you want to read later, simply click “Read Later” in your browser bookmarks, and the article is added to your queue at Instapaper. You can choose to have Instapaper send your unread articles to your Kindle daily or weekly.

Some of My Favorite Instapaper Reads
As an example of some of the content that reads great on a Kindle, here’s a rundown of some of my favorite recent reads on Instapaper (In addition to queuing articles I come across, I also recommend checking out the Instapaper homepage as I found many of these links there):

  • The Essential ManEsquire – “It has been nearly four years since Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw and his ability to speak. Now television’s most famous movie critic is rarely seen and never heard, but his words have never stopped.”
  • How a New Jobless Era Will Transform AmericaThe Atlantic Online – “The Great Recession may be over, but this era of high joblessness is probably just beginning. Before it ends, it will likely change the life course and character of a generation of young adults.”
  • The Comedy Circuit: When Your Brain Gets the JokeNew Scientist – The neuroscience behind humor.
  • The InterpreterThe New Yorker – “Dan Everett believes that Pirahã undermines Noam Chomsky’s idea of a universal grammar.”
  • One Woman’s AbortionThe Atlantic Online – “Each year for hundreds of thousands of American women there is a wide gulf between what the law forbids and what they feel they must do. The author of this article, whose credentials are trusted by the Atlantic, is a college graduate in her forty-sixth year, the mother of three children, living with her husband and family in one of the many commuter communities in the East”