Reading on the Light Rail

Two books that I've spied people reading this week are "god is not Great:How Religion Poisons Everything" by Christopher Hitchens and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by J.K. Rowling.

There has been plenty of reading on the train but I had a really hard time seeing the titles for some reason and I didn't want to stalk people as they read.

I did ask a passenger sitting next to me what book she was reading on her Kindle. She was reading news from the Arizona Republic. It was the first time that I got to look at a Kindle in person and the screen is not computer-like at all. It looks just like a printed page from a newspaper or book. And it holds 1,500 books or something like that. I may have to reconsider.


  1. I'm considering a Kindle too... though I really love the look and feel of books on my shelf.

  2. You're right, it's the smell and look of a book that's half of the pleasure. I hope to meet you soon, Fred. We have similar journeys.

  3. Beginning in Fall 2009, ASU is partnering with Amazon to try out the Kindle DX, Amazon’s latest digital reading device, to replace traditional textbooks in the classroom. Selected classes of students will begin using the Kindle instead of paper books, and we’ll be comparing how they fare relative to their paper book wielding counterparts. Read more at