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.
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.