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>This crazy digital world

>It wasn’t until I got home today that I remembered I had promised Kitty that I would see The City of Ember movie and review it for the website. I wanted to reread the book first but of course neglected to bring it home. Then I thought, Kindle! And sure enough the book was available for five bucks so I ordered it on my computer and then went to read it on the magic Amazon reading machine. Oops–the power had flatlined (despite the fact that I never use it) and the recharge cord was back in the office. Then I had the bright idea of downloading it from–twelve bucks more–and settled in to listen but was defeated by the excess of voiciness in the narration–I get that the Mayor wheezes while he talks; do it once and let it go. But Miss Palm, faithful Miss Palm, gently reminded me that while she was getting on in years she, too, was no slouch at e-booking, so a visit to and five bucks more finally has me happily reading. I’ll only have to leave the house to see the movie.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Elizabeth says:

    >Oh for Pete’s sake, any of your electronic devices that you don’t use for over a month will lose their charge. Don’t blame Kindle! However, here’s what IS peeving about Kindle. I’m in London and since Kindle isn’t available in the UK yet, the wireless function isn’t working so I can’t order books till I get back–and worse, my colleagues can’t email me manuscripts, which I hadn’t realized. What am I going to do? I’ll have to print manuscripts out, which now seems oh so tedious, plus I have to buy the new le Carre for the plane ride home…And I know you love your palm pilot, but it is a much more pleasant experience to read a whole novel on a Kindle than on a palm. When you can get that novel.

    Wow, what a privileged life I have. Complaining whilst in London that I can’t get something electronically. Life is just so very very hard.


    Little Princess

  2. Roger Sutton says:

    >Yes, stop your whingeing. When SHE was a princess Lilibet was touring bomb craters with NO Kindle, NO Palm Pilot, just a handbag.

  3. Roger Sutton says:

    >Actually, Princess, your colleagues can email manuscripts to you in the U.K., and you can put them on your Kindle via a USB connection.

  4. >Yes, if I’d brought that wire with me. Didn’t think of it, because I never used it… Want to fed ex me yours?

    This was my fear, that after becoming completely dependent on my Kindle, something would go wrong while traveling and I’d be stuck, stuck in the wild with no reading material but manuscripts I’ve already rejected. Because God knows there are no bookstores in London…

  5. Roger Sutton says:

    >Bring the thing down to the High Street and a shop assistant could set you up proper with the right cord.

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