Why E Readers Are Bad – The Problem with Kindle and EReaders – Esquire

I mostly use my 4-year-old Kindle for the text-to-speech function, since the Kindle app on my university-supplied iPad duplicates all the other functions. Bring on the innovation. I can imagine buying a new e-reader, but so far have seen nothing worthwhile. But that was the Kindle 2. I assumed that the difficulties with the machine — the awkwardness of the notes, the difficulty of navigating through text — would be…

The art of making magazines (edited by victor s. navasky and evan cornog)

If you’re reading this, it’s a safe bet you read magazines. Technically, you may even be reading one now—though I’m not sure if bookforum.com really qualifies. The “.com” might denote precisely what isn’t Bookforum. I’m typing onto a computer screen; you’re reading from one. No trees have been killed. Are we in a magazine? I’m asking because I don’t honestly know. —bookforum.com.

It’s MOOAs, Not MOOCs, That Will Transform Higher Education

The administration at my small school is very productive and effective. I don’t see it showing the kind of bloat that my colleagues at other schools lament. My interest in this satirical piece is cultural, rather than personal. So if we could find a way to put administration online, to create Massive Online Open Administrations or MOOAs, we could really cut some fat and reap some serious rewards. Think about…

Pope calls Argentine kiosk owner to cancel paper delivery

This is a very cute story, further illustrating the “regular guy” image that has underscored the vast majority of the coverage the new pope has received. “Seriously, it’s Jorge Bergoglio, I’m calling you from Rome,” the Pope insisted. “I was in shock, I broke down in tears and didn’t know what to say,” Del Regno told the Argentinean daily La Nacion. “He thanked me for delivering the paper all this…

Defend the Open Web: Keep DRM Out of W3C Standards

The DRM proposals at the W3C exist for a simple reason: they are an attempt to appease Hollywood, which has been angry about the Internet for almost as long as the Web has existed, and has always demanded that it be given elaborate technical infrastructure to control how its audience’s computers function. The perception is that Hollywood will never allow movies onto the Web if it can’t encumber them with DRM…