The Kindle Factor

Charles Crowell writes a valentine to Amazon’s e-reader as a cost-saving tool for cash-strapped college students: If we extrapolate these savings from these two courses over a two-semester, ten-course academic year, we could expect an average savings of $245.05. That number, of course, would vary according to the cost of the respective textbooks, their number, the number of textbooks in a Kindle format, and the Kindle version price of those…

Ruling on NightJack author Richard Horton kills blogger anonymity

An interesting development from the UK: In the first case dealing with the privacy of internet bloggers, the judge ruled that Mr Horton had no “reasonable expectation” to anonymity because “blogging is essentially a public rather than a private activity”. The judge also said that even if the blogger could have claimed he had a right to anonymity, the judge would have ruled against him on public interest grounds. —…