The Future of Reading

I found this short clever piece “The Future of Reading (A Play in Six Acts) via Slashdot. It uses the words of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos against himself and his new Kindle device.

Act I: The act of buying

When someone buys a book, they are also buying the right to resell that book, to loan it out, or to even give it away if they want. Everyone understands this.

Jeff Bezos, Open letter to Author’s Guild, 2002

You may not sell, rent, lease, distribute, broadcast, sublicense or otherwise assign any rights to the Digital Content or any portion of it to any third party, and you may not remove any proprietary notices or labels on the Digital Content. In addition, you may not, and you will not encourage, assist or authorize any other person to, bypass, modify, defeat or circumvent security features that protect the Digital Content.

Amazon, Kindle Terms of Service, 2007


Review – Death by Rodrigo

My review of Ron Liebman’s Death by Rodrigo is up over at PopMatters.

Liebman, a senior partner in a law firm in Washington, D.C., is an engaging storyteller with a lot of knowledge of the inner workings of the legal system that he puts to good use here. It’s fun for the reader, and clearly fun for Liebman, to follow these two unpolished but street-smart attorneys and their sometimes hilarious escapades on behalf of their clients.