Monday, December 31, 2007

New Amazon Kindle

--A convenient, portable reading device with the ability to wirelessly download books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers--

Product Overview

* Revolutionary electronic-paper display provides a sharp, high-resolution screen that looks and reads like real paper.
* Simple to use: no computer, no cables, no syncing.
* Wireless connectivity enables you to shop the Kindle Store directly from your Kindle—whether you’re in the back of a taxi, at the airport, or in bed.
* Buy a book and it is auto-delivered wirelessly in less than one minute.
* More than 90,000 books available, including more than 95 of 112 current New York Times® Best Sellers.
* New York Times® Best Sellers and all New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise.
* Free book samples. Download and read first chapters for free before you decide to buy.
* Top U.S. newspapers including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post; top magazines including TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and Forbes—all auto-delivered wirelessly.
* Top international newspapers from France, Germany, and Ireland; Le Monde, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and The Irish Times—all auto-delivered wirelessly.
* More than 250 top blogs from the worlds of business, technology, sports, entertainment, and politics, including BoingBoing, Slashdot, TechCrunch, ESPN's Bill Simmons, The Onion, Michelle Malkin, and The Huffington Post—all updated wirelessly throughout the day.
* Lighter and thinner than a typical paperback; weighs only 10.3 ounces.
* Holds over 200 titles.
* Long battery life. Leave wireless on and recharge approximately every other day. Turn wireless off and read for a week or more before recharging. Fully recharges in 2 hours.
* Unlike WiFi, Kindle utilizes the same high-speed data network (EVDO) as advanced cell phones—so you never have to locate a hotspot.
* No monthly wireless bills, service plans, or commitments—we take care of the wireless delivery so you can simply click, buy, and read.
* Includes free wireless access to the planet's most exhaustive and up-to-date encyclopedia—
* Email your Word documents and pictures (.JPG, .GIF, .BMP, .PNG) to Kindle for easy on-the-go viewing.
* Included in the box: Kindle wireless reader, Book cover, Power adapter, USB 2.0 cable

Toni Morrison, Nobel Laureate, about new Amazon Kindle

Paper-like Screen

Utilizing a new high-resolution display technology called electronic paper, Kindle provides a crisp black-and-white screen that resembles the appearance and readability of printed paper. The screen works using ink, just like books and newspapers, but displays the ink particles electronically. It reflects light like ordinary paper and uses no backlighting, eliminating the glare associated with other electronic displays. As a result, Kindle can be read as easily in bright sunlight as in your living room.The screen never gets hot so you can comfortably read as long as you like.

See what others are saying about the Kindle screen:

James Patterson, author of You've Been Warned, "The screen is fabulous. You would expect that, with a screen, there would be a glare, it would be hard to read but it's not. There’s no glare. It's not backlit, which is kind of magical. I think people are going to be very, very surprised and delighted. This is a lot easier to read than a lot of books are these days."

Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball, "I'm telling you, after five minutes I've ceased to think I'm looking at a screen. It's not like reading a computer screen. It's more like reading a piece of paper. I think it's actually clearer, easier on the eye than the printed word."

Neil Gaiman, author of Stardust, "It's like paper and it’s very interesting. It’s very, very crisp. Very functional. Very readable."

~ from's website

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

A Nun in the Closet by Dorothy Gilman

The cloistered Abbey of St. Tabitha inherited a house and 150 acres of land in upper New York. Being a democratic group, they elected Sister John to venture out in the world to examine their good fortune and she chose Sister Hyacinthe to accompany her. Shortly after arriving at their house which was almost hidden by vegetation, they discovered money and a man who had been shot and requested sanctuary. Soon they met a group of hippies and other migrant workers. Though they were out in the world less than a week they encountered illegal drug trafficking, discrimination, hit men, migrant workers and their problems and the Mafia. Sister John and Siter Hyacinthe maintained their faith and composure while dealing with all these factors and came up with a plan for their new wealth.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Defenders: Indefensible

By Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis
Art by Kevin Maguire

The Sub-Mariner has always been my favorite Marvel character, and I fondly remember the inception of the Defenders comic book. Unlike most superhero groups, the Defenders was entirely unofficial – no club house or headquarters for them -- and was really a temporary alliance of some of the most powerful, if most anti-social, characters in the Marvel Universe. That anti-social dynamic between the Sub-Mariner, The Hulk, Doctor Strange, and the Silver Surfer is played for all it’s worth in this hysterically funny mini-series, now collected into a graphic novel. Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis don’t alter the dramatic tone of our heroes, but certainly have a good time putting their seriousness in humorous perspective. And unlike many comic artists, Kevin Maguire captures the myriad of emotions that play across our abused heroes’ faces, complementing Giffen and DeMatteis’s words perfectly. Namor's expressions as he tries to think of a reason to be humble had me laughing out loud.

The comedy lies in the deft execution of a fairly simple plot. Doctor Strange discovers yet another reality conquering attempt of the Dread Dormammu, but this time he’s allied with his much more intelligent, if untrustworthy sister Umar. Strange’s answer to this threat? Reuniting his old ‘comrades,’ who: 1) don’t want to be reunited, and 2) don’t consider each other comrades. Reluctantly, our heroes join forces, but of course, things go badly when they bring the fight to Dormammu’s dimension. Umar carts the Hulk off as her new plaything. The Sub-Mariner only wants some aspirin, and silence, from Doctor Strange, and the Silver Surfer -- well, he may make it to the battle, if he can tear himself away from his Earth counterparts. Somehow the Defenders overcome their bickering, take advantage of Dormammu’s self-esteem issues, and deal with this week’s menace to the multi-verse, much to this reader’s amusement. In an age where grim, ruthless comic books are the standard, it is refreshing to spend some time laughing with old friends.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Fool's Puzzle by Earlene Fowler

A Benni Harper mystery
Benni is not the person she was ten months ago. Jack, her husband, died nine months ago in an accident that is not totally clear. She struggles with losing him and with living day to day. As director of the Folk Art Museum she needs to be together and guide artists in preparing works for shows and display. If you know anything about artists, they can be unpredictable and tempermental as well as stand-offish. The coop artists at Benni's museum were less than a cohesive group. but they were preparing for an important festival. Each artist was working on their particular medium and working late hours. Benni had enlisted Eric to hang quilts and she was smoothing ruffled feathers and appealing to supporters for their attendance. Then Benni found Marla's body in a puddle of blood in one of the workrooms. Who would do this? Why? Chief Ortiz for some reason wanted to be personally involved in the investigation and he wanted people to be open with him about what they knew. He suspected that Benni was hiding something and trying to investigate this herself. Not a smart move. Another body was found and there was more questioning by the chief. Who was killing artists and was it just because of their chosen profession? Someone even took a shot at Benni. Maybe she was getting close to the killer and didn't know it. Reserve this book now. Go to our online catalog.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Mrs. Miracle by Debbie Macomber

She appeared out of nowhere just when Seth and his twin boys needed a housekeeper. The house was a shambles and Seth was a wreck. Her name was Emily Merkle. And she arrived with a wonderful pot pie for supper and a "Mother Goose" personality. The boys soon called her Mrs. Miracle and Seth picked up on the name. It was some time before Seth realized that the agency had not sent her. But there she was and everyone loved her. She fit right in at church doing what she could to help. She even encouraged Reba to date Seth. Not everyone was quite sure of Mrs. Miracle. Aunt Harriet began hearing voices and just felt that Emily was "other worldly."
Jerry and Sharon had been married for forty years and had raised Seth's twin sons after their mother was killed. Now the couple has grown distant and seem to have nothing in common. Suddenly Sharon asked for a divorce. How can Mrs. Miracle make this right? She has her hands full with Seth, the twins, Reba and her sister. Mrs. Miracle is certainly Heaven sent for all concerned.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Loving Natalee

Loving Natalee was easy to read and as someone who followed the case, I enjoyed the book. Beth is candid about her feelings and her account is sincere and heartfelt. The book walks the reader through the pain of losing her beautiful daughter. The reader feels her frustrations and the many yet unanswered questions surrounding the loss of her child. The story is inspirational as you learn how this courageous woman deals with a parent’s worst fear.