Ambassador Sworn in on a Kindle

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Suzi LeVine, incoming US ambassador to Switzerland, was sworn in using  a Kindle displaying a page of the 19th Amendment (which gave women the vote). It’s jarring, of course, in that way new things are, and we have to wonder if a president’s iPad will one day have the same mystique as Lincoln’s Bible. H/T: [Read More...]

Amazon MatchBook: Get Kindle Versions of Your Purchases

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Remember when Amazon AutoRip went live and almost every hard-media CD you’d ever bought from Amazon (even those you’d bought as gifts for others) was automatically available as an MP3 download or cloud streaming file? For free? That was great. Amazon MatchBook does something similar for books and Kindle. Books you’ve bought in hard copy [Read More...]

The Digital Pamphlet

The American Revolution was fueled in part by pamphlets: cheap, short booklets that bypassed conventional publishing routs and brought new ideas straight to the masses. It’s hard to imagine the revolution without Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and the ability of colonists to express and share ideas inexpensively and rapidly thanks to the printing press and a literate [Read More...]

eBook Sales Surpass Hardcover

Well that didn’t take long: American publishers are now bringing in more revenue from ebooks than hardcover books, according to a report published by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). The figures, which were posted on GalleyCat on Friday, show that net sales revenue from ebooks exceeded that of hardcover books in the first quarter of the year. The data was compiled from [Read More...]

Send eBooks to African Seminarians

And as long as we’re talking about Brandon Vogt, you can still contribute to his Africa eBook project, which is the kind of merger of faith and tech that we need. Brandon wants to send CD-ROMs full of classic and contemporary Catholic eBooks to seminarians in Africa. At first, being the privileged first world technut that I am, I thought, [Read More...]

The Weekly Benedict eBooks

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Jeff Miller–the Curt Jester–performs an excellent service for tech-lovin’ Catholics by compiling Pope Benedict’s various documents, speeches, and so on into both Kindle and standard epub format. You can find his archive here, and he usually updates them every week. For free! Cardinal Ratzinger’s writings were a key part of my return to the Church, [Read More...]


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