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Harry Potter and the 20 Year Old Book

In case you didn’t turn on the Internet yesterday, the very first Harry Potter book – Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s/Philosopher’s Stone – was apparently released 20 years ago. I don’t know about you, but it seems crazy to me that the book series which defined much of my middle and high school years should be […]

The Best Kindle Ever

It’s no small secret that I love my Kindle Paperwhite. It’s pretty much the perfect device for reading books both large and small. I know many people like using their phones or tablets for reading, but I always found the apps and notifications on those devices too distracting when I wanted to read. A new […]

Digital Bookshelves: Reloaded

Although I’m currently on my 2nd Kindle, you may recall there was a time when I was reticent to make the jump to a purely digital library. I was an English major, after all, and no stranger to the appeal of tangible literature. There’s an almost ineffable feeling of accomplishment that comes with finishing an […]

A Tale of Two Kindles

To paraphrase the great actor, Justin Timberlake: “One Kindle isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? Two Kindles.” Yes, I am now the proud owner of not one, but two Kindles. A couple weeks ago, I finally received the Kindle I was talking about last month. Actually, that’s a lie. I did get a new Kindle, […]

Fixing the Kindle Fire

The Kindle Fire (or my enthusiasm for it) hardly needs any introduction on this blog. Even 9 months later, I find that I’m using Amazon’s mini tablet on a nigh daily basis. It’s far from perfect though, and with Google’s Nexus 7 making waves and rumors of a mini iPad starting to surface, Amazon is […]

The Trouble with eBooks

As you already know, I’ve been loving my Kindle Fire, despite its flaws. It may not be the best general-purpose tablet, but when it comes to reading, there are few devices that best it. Its just so damn convenient to have dozens of books available for reading in a device the size of The Great […]

Steve Jobs

I’ve been spending the last week pretty much glued to my new Kindle Fire, which is to be expected. It’s shiny and new and therefore requires my attention for many hours of the day. However, I’ve been using it more for one activity than any other, which has been unexpected (though honestly it shouldn’t have […]

As If I Needed Any More Books

Today was a perfect example of why you should never give me a Barnes & Noble gift card. I recently took stock of my personal library and found that I have 25-30 books that I have bought over the years but never read. Now I could make excuses about how most of those were Christmas […]

Impulse Control

I’m a little curious: do any of you have a problem with impulse buying? For me, it’s one of my many personality flaws. When I get a notion that I want to own a book, CD, videogame, or anything else for that matter, I feel compelled to go on Amazon or to a physical store […]

Digital Bookshelves

I’ve officially moved out of my old apartment and pack to my hometown. The last three days have been filled with lots of boxes and the possessions I somehow managed to squeeze into them. It been really surprising just how much “stuff” I’ve acquired in the last couple years, but the bright side to all […]

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