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Jakarta Post

Can you Kindle it?

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sun, March 14 2010   /  03:53 pm

In the run-up to last Christmas, messages from Amazon suggesting I buy a Kindle began polluting my inbox. I deleted every one with gritted teeth, mentally screaming "Don't want!", as if the Devil was trying to pester me into exchanging my print-loving soul for a literary iPod. But, as I began to investigate electronic publishing in Indonesia, I decided it would be good to actually test one of the evil things. Don't knock it before you've tried it, and all that. Gramedia were generous enough to lend me one for a week. Seeing the Kindle in the "flesh" melted away quite a number of my reservations. It did look like a literary iPod... in a good way. White and sleek, with an "electronic ink" screen that was incredibly close to paper. I ran my fingertips over its smooth service, intrigued as Rio Eka Putra, head of Gramedia's IT & Research department, gave me a demonstration. ...