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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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus