Man of the Crowd

There are some secrets which do not permit themselves to be told. Men die nightly in their beds, wringing the hands of ghostly confessors, and looking them piteously in the eyes- die with despair of heart and convulsion of throat, on account of the hideousness of mysteries which will not suffer themselves to be revealed. Now and then, alas, the conscience of man takes up a burden so heavy in horror that it can be thrown down only into the grave.

Edgar Allen Poe – unabridged (23:10)

The Decline of the Christian Bookstore

Yes, they sell sanitized music and “Jesus junk.” But something important gets lost when Christian bookstores disappear.

By Ruth Graham @ Slate

I was a frequent shopper at Christian bookstores in the seventies. Just this weekend I reminisced upon a bygone Christian bookstore I used to patronize in my youth. It was like a candy store for me, back then. I bought Corrie Ten Boom‘s book there, as well as other mind-expanding epistles for my youthful mind. I eventually graduated to a more eclectic library.

Conspicuous Consumption

In the future, the Kindle and its ilk will be obsolete; indeed, they are already nearly obsolete. Making notes in my Kindle is a laborious and time consuming process, and I cannot cut and paste on the Kindle. Highlighting is easy enough. I do greatly prefer reading on my Kindle than on my iPhone.

For a mere few hundred dollars more I can purchase a futuristic e-reader right now. I am particularly enchanted by the Onyx Boox Nova Pro 7.8 E-Reader, which would set me back about three hundred and nineteen dollars and ninety nine cents. This Onyx e-reader would allow me to write notes in e-books exactly as I do in traditional paper books, except only better. I hesitate purchasing this e-reader for a few reasons, cost being next to the top reason.

There are a few higher end e-readers out there that have excellent note taking features, for three to five hundred dollars. I anticipate that the future will improve the quality of these high-end e-readers while lowering their costs as they are mass marketed, assuming there is a mass market.

The incredible Sony DPT-RP1/B 13″ Digital Paper, for $598 exactly, strictly reads PDF only, so it wouldn’t work as an e-book reader if the file is not a PDF. And it costs $598.