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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 23, 2010 / 12 Menachem-Av, 5770

Have computers (finally) saved books?

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | It's a paradox in the making: on Monday (July 19), Amazon.com announced that, last month, the firm sold 180 electronic books, or eBooks, for every 100 printed-on-paper books it sold.

"Even while our hardcover sales continue to grow, the Kindle format has now overtaken the hardcover format," Jeffrey R. Bezos, founder and CEO of the online bookseller, said in a statement released by the company. "Amazon.com customers now purchase more Kindle books than hardcover books-astonishing when you consider that we've been selling hardcover books for 15 years, and Kindle books for 33 months."

According to Amazon, five novelists: Charlaine Harris, Stieg Larsson, Stephenie Meyer, James Patterson, and Nora Roberts "have each sold more than 500,000 Kindle books." Earlier this month, Mr. Patterson's publisher, Hachette, announced he had sold 1.14 million e-books to date, according to the Amazon statement. "Of those, 867,881 were Kindle books," the announcement noted.

The significance of these numbers shouldn't be missed. We are witnessing, right now, a major revolution - call it a "sea change," if you like - in the publishing and distribution of books. Where it will ultimately lead is unclear, but the prospects are quite something right now.

Since the beginning of the computer revolution - and your correspondent has witnessed most of the past three decades of that journey - there's been talk about "digital paper" replacing books, magazines, newspapers and so forth. While some of that has been accomplished (when was the last time you bought a business newsletter, for example, that was print only?), much of that promise has yet to be realized. After all, we still write and print tons of documents daily, especially in the District of Columbia and its suburbs.

But books are a different thing, and, now, perhaps an evolving one. Amazon's claim is a bit audacious -- do people really prefer pixels to paper? - but there is also a measure of logic to the argument. The Kindle, Amazon's eReader, has dropped in price to $189, which is $70 less than I paid for one of mine. (It's also about half the price of the least-expensive Apple iPad, although the iPad does way, way more than offer only eBook capabilities.) That lower price, Amazon says, is a "tipping point" for consumers, who are now buying the Kindle in droves, fueling the sale of eBooks.

Maybe so, but I read my Kindle purchases on my iPad and/or iPhone, thanks to the free applications Amazon.com offers for these platforms, joining similar free software for PCs, Macintosh desktops, iPods, BlackBerry and Android smartphones. To buy and read a Kindle book, I don't need Kindle hardware, just a device that supports the software.

Amazon can also boast of the range of titles available for the Kindle. According to the firm's statement, "The U.S. Kindle Store now has more than 630,000 books, including New Releases and 106 of 110 New York Times Best Sellers. Over 510,000 of these books are $9.99 or less, including 75 New York Times Best Sellers. Over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books are also available to read on Kindle."

I still have issues with several navigational aspects of the Kindle platform, although it is certainly good for "basic" book reading. And because it is, and because its pricing is generally reasonable, I can recommend the platform, if not the devices, with confidence. You'll have a good reading experience here, even if a Kindle-based version of the Bible may not jump to chapter-and-verse, something I miss.

What isn't to be missed, however, is that we are approaching a state of "critical mass." There are apparently enough Kindle users, and certainly enough Kindle-friendly titles, to make the publishing world sit up and take notice. Once it becomes extremely easy - and extremely quick - to "publish" for the Kindle, a true revolution in content creation may be underway. Where that will lead could be quite exciting, indeed.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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