The Kindle: Saving Your Eyes, Wallet, and the Environment: Page 2

Posted December 6, 2007

Mike Elgan

Mike Elgan

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Better delivery Kindle delivers your paper earlier, more reliably and -- best of all -- to you, not your house. So if you're not at home, you get your paper just the same.

Better "recycling" The recycling of newspapers is an expensive, environmentally unfriendly process. No paper to recycle is better than recycling. Your Kindle newspaper just goes away by itself after seven days.

Better pricing Kindle newspapers are cheaper for you and more profitable for the newspaper company. Everybody wins.

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Better discoverability You can search the whole newspaper -- or all back issues of your newspapers -- for keywords. I searched for "Kindle" and got 13 hits in today's paper. It turns out the Times has an article today called, "'Real Books Are Great, Except In Your Luggage," about e-book readers.

Better experience Paper newspapers can be annoying. I hate getting ink on my fingers. The ads can be overwhelming. And I don't like "jumps," where the story is continued on another page buried deep inside another section. Print newspapers are too big to read in some places, such as in an economy class airline seat. The Kindle frees you from all these annoyances.

For my money ($400), the Kindle is worth the price of admission just for The New York Times alone. This is the vision of newspapers that futurists have been dreaming about for a century. What they didn't imagine, is that the newspaper would also give you access to thousands of books, the Internet and your own personal documents as well.

So if you love newspapers like I do, buy a Kindle. It's better for the newspapers, better for the environment, and way better for you.

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