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« A Print-on-Demand Opportunity | Main | Random Thoughts »

June 18, 2008


Anthony S. Policastro

Hi Joe,
I think Jeff Bezos is onto to something with Kindle because the e reader makes it so easy and convenient to obtain a book and read it. I use my Kindle to read at work books related to my industry when I have free time, then at night I switch to more relaxed reading - a novel by my favorite author.

However, the "information snacking" is addictive and you have to discipline yourself to stay away. I see it as a candy store with all your favorite edibles and you're allowed to eat every one. As you move through the store, you find that it is endless with more and more new candy appearing. You are so overwhelmed and excited about the snacking and finding new candy that you rarely stop to thoroughly enjoy one.
BTW: I was eating M&Ms while I wrote this - one of my favorites.

Stephen Tiano

I remember (mostly) taking the walk from 21st St., where I lived in Brooklyn, as a kid in the '60s, to the 9th St. branch o he NY Public Library. At least once a week. Once in a while, during really bad weather, we'd ride the bus.

I was into books. I went through every baseball player's biography that they had over the course of a coupla years. But it was the need to do research for school projects that drew me there to start with, after my mother initially introduced me to the concept when I was younger still.

And I remember noticing that I was a reader and that many of my friends never made it to the library because they had encyclopedias at home. The thought crossed my mind that if more and more homes bought into encyclopedias that'd eventually be the end of reading and learning unexpected things.

Didn't happen then. You think Google is enough to do it this time?


Great questions at the end. That's exactly the question I am trying to solve.

I think there can be many different models, but one thing must be common to be called as a new 'book' model. That is, it should promote deep (vs. shallow) thinking.

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