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July 27, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Amazon’s Kindle gets the Nicholson Baker treatment

Nicholson Baker, the novelist who battled to save card catalogs from digitization in 1994, takes on Amazon.com’s Kindle in the Aug. 3 New Yorker.

He’s pretty skeptical, especially about the Kindle’s promise for newspapers. His take after reading the New York Times on the device:

A century and a half of evolved beauty and informational expressiveness is all but entirely rinsed away in this digital reductio … The Kindle DX ($489) doesn’t save newspapers; it diminishes and undercuts them — it kills their joy. It turns them into earnest but dispensable blogs.

Amen.

But my favorite line is his summation of the media buzz around the Kindle:

Everybody was saying that the new Kindle was terribly important — that it was an alpenhorn blast of post-Gutenbergian revalorization.

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