McSweeney’s found “The Newspaper” to be the best e-reader

Mcsweeney's have a really clever satirical article on how a newspaper is the superior ereader. Here's an excerpt:

Each device had its strengths. For some it was speed; for others it was capacity. Some were better with shorter articles; others with longer works. And cost, as always, was a factor. But in the end, one ereader stood out.

The Newspaper.

The most obvious advantage of The Newspaper was the size of its display, which outclassed its rivals both in terms of size and elasticity. The Newspaper display could be read at full size or, when flipped open, twice its normal width. We also had no trouble reading copy when the display was flipped to half or even quarter size. One of our engineers even figured out how to make a hat.

About Nate Hoffelder (11471 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

2 Comments on McSweeney’s found “The Newspaper” to be the best e-reader

  1. That reminds me of Neil Gershenfeld’s book “When Things Start to Think” (2000) where he compares books to computers:

    “A book:

    1) Boots instantly.

    2) Has a high contrast, high resolution display.

    3) Is viewable at any angle, in bright or dim light.

    4) Permits fast random access to any page

    5) Provides instant visual and tactile feedback on the location.

    6) Can be easily annotated.

    7) Requires no batteries or maintenance

    8) Is robustly packaged.”

    He then concludes: “If the book had been invented after the laptop it would be hailed as a great breakthrough!”

  2. … and requires that the Amazon rain forest be chopped down to fulfil demand. How many trees are needed to produce an epub file?

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