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December 06, 2007

Your Shiny New Brain

This week's column is up at Tapped, and focuses on how the Kindle, and the digital book revolution it heralds, will give us the brains we've always dreamed of. Give it a read, won'cha?

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It seems to me that most of what you wrote is an argument for ebooks in general. I was persuaded years ago that the ebook's day will come someday. What I want to know is if this is that day.

For what it is worth, I am unpersuaded. If nothing else, the Kindle's use of a proprietary format combined with a rather thin catalog suggests to me that this is another in the chain of doomed attempts.

Posted by: Richard Hershberger | Dec 6, 2007 2:25:19 PM

this does seem wonderful!
soon, we will all be reading
by kindlelight.

Posted by: jacqueline | Dec 6, 2007 2:43:34 PM

All it really lacks is an Apple on it. The media is skeptical of all new technology unless it has an Apple logo. The DRM cries (which seem to be the main critique along with the ties to Sprint's skimpy network) would disappear to a whisper. I bet Apple produces one of these in the next 5 years and 'revolutionizes' the ebook. By that time there will be a broad enough catalog of product to satisfy the masses. They will have similar DRM but with the Apple label people will flock to buy it.

Posted by: Randall | Dec 6, 2007 3:15:09 PM

"On some level, this is what Google does now. But the mind offered isn't ours, it's the hive's."

Well, apparently there are tools to help organize your personal experiences and knowledge obtained via the Web.
I never use any of them, either.

Posted by: bob mcmanus | Dec 6, 2007 5:32:28 PM

I don't know that having the Kindle organize and reference stuff is going to really make our utility of past readings that much more accessible--I mean maybe in science or other data centric areas but I've found that when I've gone back to a referenced passage that most of the significance is gone since its the meaning of the book in its entirety that makes the referenced material important.
I'm more inclined to wait for the super new brain chips that I can plug into my noggin.

Posted by: Texican | Dec 6, 2007 6:07:30 PM

STILL with the Kindle!

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