Monday, June 08, 2009

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

More Alexie v. Kindle

Over at Edrants, Sherman Alexie clarifies some of his remarks from BEA about the Kindle:
I consider the Kindle elitist because it’s too expensive. I also consider it elitist because, right now, one company is making all the rules. I am also worried about Jeff Bezos’ comments about wanting to change the way we read books. That’s rather imperial. Having grown up poor, I’m also highly aware that there’s always a massive technology gap between rich and poor kids. I haven’t yet heard what Amazon plans to do about this potential technology gap. And that’s a vital question considering that Bezos wants to change the way we read books. How does he plan to change the way that poor kids read books? How does he plan to make sure that poor kids have access to the technology? Poor kids all over the country don’t have access to current textbooks, so will they have access to Kindle?

He makes some good points. I recommend reading the whole interview.

UPDATE: Alexie has agreed to meet with Amazon.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Sherman Alexie, No Friend of e-Readers

At a panel of authors speaking mainly to independent booksellers, Sherman Alexie, the National Book Award-winning author of “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” said he refused to allow his novels to be made available in digital form. He called the expensive reading devices “elitist” and declared that when he saw a woman sitting on the plane with a Kindle on his flight to New York, “I wanted to hit her.”
I've never been punched in the face by a famous author, but I can think of better reasons why I might.