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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

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 Nov. 18, 2011 / 21 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772

Thankful for a ‘mere’ e-reader? Yes.

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | If Amazon.com's Kindle Fire falls a bit short of an ideal for a tablet computer, as I suggested here (http://tinyurl.com/d2yk8kw) last week, another new Amazon product, the Kindle Touch, does quite well at its main purpose: serving as a quality e-book reader. The price is low if you're willing to tolerate some ads; it's reasonable if you want to be ad-free. Unlike the Kindle Fire, it has built-in 3G wireless for free downloading and synchronizing of e-books and, I imagine, digital magazines sold via Amazon.

It won't play music - sadly, the MP3 audio file-playing feature is only for audiobooks, it appears -- and its screen is monochromatic, however. The 6-inch display may be too small for some. But this super-slim, super-light device is seriously tempting on many levels.

No tech product is right for every user, but I could see a lot of people enjoying the heck out of the Kindle Touch. It's small, more-or-less pocket sized (large coat pocket, perhaps, but still), and highly portable. You can read the screen in direct sunlight, the maker says, and it'll tote 3,000 eBooks in its roughly 3 Gigabytes of available storage space. In other words, Washington-area Metro riders, this one's for you.

I'm also impressed with the Kindle Touch's battery life: charge it up and you're good to go for up to two months, the maker says, if you read for a half-hour a day and keep the wireless turned off. (Having wireless always on shortens that life by two weeks, Amazon says.) I haven't had the unit long enough to test that claim, but I do know that it holds a charge quite nicely and doesn't run down as quickly as, say, any of Google Inc.'s Android-based devices currently extant on this planet.

One of the things that makes the Kindle Touch different from more general purpose tablets and even some other Kindles is that there's no tiny keyboard below the display screen. If you need to enter something, the keyboard appears onscreen; a tap on the screen turns a book's "pages" for you. This took virtually no getting used to, although I did have to remember that the power button is on the lower edge of the device, and isn't the "home" button on the front.

Amazon is touting a new feature, "X-Ray," as a way to get "inside" a book: "With a single tap, see all the passages across a book that mention ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places or topics of interest, as well as more detailed descriptions from Wikipedia," is how the firm describes this. It's interesting, and certainly useful if slogging through James Joyce's "Ulysses" (or, for that matter, any book whose author has "Kardashian" in their name), but I found it a nice extra, not necessarily a must have. Were I working on a doctoral thesis, I might feel otherwise.

One of the nicest things about the Kindle Touch is its price: If you're willing to put up with some onscreen advertising, the price is $99, or add $50 and it's ad-free. The $99 price tag is, of course, subsidized by the ads, which are there to make you buy stuff. Fair enough, I suppose: at $99 this is almost a no-brainer of a gift item, even if you're the recipient.

Why do I say that? Because the Kindle Touch really excels at doing one thing, and doing that one thing very well. The adjustable screen display type size is a blessing to those of us old enough to remember, say, Walter Mondale's 1984 Presidential campaign, and the "e-ink" is about as sharp as you could hope for. Refreshing the screen is a super-fast process; there's no "ghosting" when you turn a digital page here.

My one (continuing) lament with the Kindle Touch is that Amazon, for reasons that elude seemingly common sense, makes it difficult to find a Kindle-formatted text of the Bible that offers a way to "jump" to a particular verse. If you're not religiously inclined, you might yawn at this point, but consider: researchers at Wheaton College peg the evangelical Christian population of the U.S. at between 90 million and 100 million people. Common to almost all of them is a fondness for the Bible, and electronic Bible devices have sold well for years. Telling Kindle users, easily, where they can find such a text (to go along with the many other books they'd buy) seems like a sensible idea. Amazon seems to disagree, and thus may be cutting themselves off from selling a few million units they'd otherwise move.

Apart from that complaint, I'm really impressed with this device. You might be, too.

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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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