In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 15, 2009 / 21 Iyar 5769

Kindle's ‘DX’ dilemmas

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The May 6 announcement by Amazon.com of a new, larger, more expensive Kindle DX electronic book reader is at once good news and possibly bad news, the stuff of which old "Laugh-In" jokes were once made.

The good news is manifold: "a large 9.7-inch electronic paper display, built-in PDF reader, auto-rotate capability, and storage for up to 3,500 books," as Amazon.com itself announced. The display is 2.5 times larger than the 6-inch display on my Kindle 2; the book storage capacity is roughly 233-percent greater. Oh, yeah: the $489 price tag is about 136-percent of the Kindle 2's $359 price.

Overall, I should be happy, right?

I am, but I'm also worried. Partly because Amazon.com's people haven't (at deadline) responded to my queries, I wonder just how good this new version will be in performance. The Kindle2 is an enjoyable e-book reader, but there are still some limitations. Will those limits increase with the new "DX" size?

Take the much-vaunted "PDF reader." This is important for many of the new customers Amazon.com is aiming to reach, such as college students. Some textbooks and other class materials may only be available in the Adobe Systems Inc. Acrobat Portable Document Format, PDF for short. Ditto for some electronic versions of daily newspapers, such as The Washington Times.

How easy will it be to get PDFs onto the new device? It could still be the e-mail-and-pray current mode, and/or a wired transfer from a desktop computer to the Kindle DX. That's in opposition to the one-click wireless download of Kindle-formatted books, newspapers and magazines.

Once I've got a PDF open, how easily can I move through it, and how easy will it be to annotate? According to a statement released by Amazon.com, "The Kindle DX holds enormous potential to influence the way students learn," said Barbara R. Snyder, president of Case Western Reserve University, in the statement. "We look forward to seeing how the device affects the participation of both students and faculty in the educational experience," Ms. Snyder added.

Well, if you can't underline a PDF textbook, or easily put notes in a Kindle-format textbook, then a student - or their parents -- might be a tad peeved. After all, $489 isn't chicken feed.

The larger screen size is a big plus: we're getting close to "full page" size for a Time magazine or something like it, and that's good. The Kindle "newspapers" that I've read - can digital "ink" really be called paper? - is formatted far differently than a print newspaper; this will likely continue in the "DX" version. Reading books, novels and the latest David McCullough history, for example, should be even better on the new, larger screen.

But, wait: this is a device for the Case Western students, and for academic types at Arizona State University, Princeton University, Reed College, and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, where trial Kindle programs will be launched this fall. It's been ages, but I can recall a professor or two saying, "Open your textbooks to page 425." If they do that now, can I "jump" there in the Kindle DX? I can jump to "Location 11374" or something like that in Kindle-speak, but can I get to a specific page?

The bottom line is a bit encouraging: more choices for e-book readers, more features, more capability, and more storage. Now if the product lives up to the hype, that'll be a pleasant surprise.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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