Peter Kafka

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Rejoice! The Kindle Coughs Up Page Numbers

Even people who love their Kindles complain about one weird flaw in Amazon’s e-reader: It won’t tell you what page of the book you’re reading. I’ve always assumed this had to do with the fact that the ability to resize type makes “page” a tricky concept for the Kindle software. But that doesn’t matter anymore–Amazon says page numbers, along with other new features, are coming to the e-reader in a software update.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work