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17 July 2010

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Adam Schroeder

How is the idea that having an ereader would make you read more superficial? I've been increasingly concerned over the last few years that my reading of books had dropped off sharply in favor of skimming the surface of the internet. Reading the first few sentences of a wikipedia article before clicking a link to something peripherally related. Reading the start of a blog before going off to do something else. Information Overload Induced Attention Deficit Disorder. I'd even buy books and just never read them because it was easier to dick around online.

So I got a Kindle. Once the Kindle arrived I grabbed a small assortment of books. Old favorites I hadn't read in a while, new books by favorite artists who'd released stuff while I was too busy asking Facebook friends to help me shoot drug dealers in Mafia Wars, and a couple of books suggested by friends.

Since then the easy access and always there quality of the Kindle has resulted in my reading more books in the past month than I have in the last two years. I don't know what it is about the Kindle, maybe it's just that it's What Jewish People Like, but the sleek device, the quick access to new books, it has me wanting to read more than ever before.

And that can only be a good thing. Nothing superficial about it.

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