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Stress Test: Amazon's Kindle

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Is it really the be-all, end-all for bookworms?

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Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle has been called it the "iPod of the literary world." But with so many ways to get your information fix, how does it measure up against other mediums, both classic and modern?

To find out, Minyanville gave the fancy e-book reader its patented Stress Test.


Portability
Versatility
Vocal Interpretation
New Content
Immersion
Amazon Kindle:
Lightweight and portable, the Kindle can be used while working, driving or crossing the street.
Amazon Kindle:
Downloads different file formats and plays MP3s.
Amazon Kindle:
Kindle's Text-to-Speech feature offended the Authors Guild for too-closely resembling the monotone whirr of writers discussing their own works.
Amazon Kindle:
Dailies like the New York Times can be downloaded for just $35.88 more a year than it would cost to read them online.
Amazon Kindle:
The device hurls you into a magical, wondrous land made up of 16 shades of gray and adjustable fonts.
Standard novel:
You'll curry no favor with chiropractors or commuters when wielding Neil Stephenson's 960-page Anathem on a crowded subway.
MacBook:
Not only will it support more file types on a larger, backlit screen, it will reduce whatever novel you're reading to under 2 hours by playing the film adaptation on DVD.
Audio book:
Professional vocal timbre beats Kindle's robotic reader hands down, although it will never match its remarkable imitation of Stephen Hawking.
Graphic novel:
Sorry, pal. You'll have to wait in line on New Comic Wednesdays just like the rest of us.
Kabuki theater:
A single performance of Kanadehon Chushingura, one of the most important plays in the Kabuki repertoire, will change your life.
Edge:
Amazon Kindle
Edge:
MacBook
Edge:
Audio book
Edge:
Amazon Kindle
Edge:
Kabuki theater
Amazon Kindle MacBook Audio book Amazon Kindle Kabuki theater
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