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Franzen’s Freedom: Great American Novel or Overhyped?

I wouldn’t normally post about a book I haven’t read, but Jonathan Franzen’s new book Freedom has gotten so much press, and generated so many interesting discussions, I couldn’t resist. A quick recap of some of the events surrounding this book: President Obama is seen purchasing the book on his vacation several days before it’s…

New Kindle Report: Day 3

New Kindle arrived Friday, so I’ve now had two full days to play with it (er, I mean read).  Here are a few pictures and a few quick comparisons between Kindle 1 and Kindle 3. Things that are fantastically better: text/screen contrast page turning time space (will I ever read 3500 books?) ability to sort…

New Kindles Released Today

Waiting for my new Kindle!  Yesterday Amazon started shipping them out, two days ahead of schedule.  Great news, except my order still said “shipping date TBD”.  Even worse (sort of) they shipped the cover out ahead of the Kindle, so the Amazon box on my doorstep tonight was NOT my Kindle. But hooray!  Tonight I…

On Nine Years of Marriage…

My anniversary was last week – nine years of absolutely-almost-always-perfect bliss.  Believe me when I say I could not ask for more. On the day of our anniversary, we had plans, made months ago, for a summer evening picnic and jazz concert.  Unfortunately work intervened and I ended up working until 10:30 pm, he ended…

No More Kindles?

The big Kindle news today was that Amazon has sold out of the 6 inch Kindle 2 model.  No information forthcoming about when Kindles might be back in stock.  So what does that mean?  It means the Kindle is selling well for one thing, and that’s good news for us Kindle fans.  And what I…

Traveling Bookstore Review: Wisconsin

This weekend I was in the great state of Wisconsin and I wanted to highlight two of the bookstores I visited. One of my favorite used bookstores is in the Milwaukee International Airport, called Renaissance Books.  I LOVE the idea of a used bookstore in an airport – who needs used books more than travelers? …