9 years ago

How the world has changed in my lifetime!

Thoughts while reading The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, by Siddhartha Mukherjee As my 70th birthday draws inexorably closer, I find myself spending inordinate amounts of time thinking about the changes that have taken place during my lifetime. After all, 70 years is nearly a century — well, 7/10 of a century, […]

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9 years ago

How Charles Darwin REALLY came to develop the theory of evolution

Charles Darwin was by no means the first person to posit a theory of evolution. His own grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, a famed naturalist in his own right, had written about the idea decades before. Others had published speculation about evolution as well, some of them years before Darwin published On the Origin of Species. One of these was a Scottish gardener who, in 1831 (the year Darwin departed England on the Beagle), wrote up his own thinking about the principles of natural selection in an obscure book called Naval Timber and Arboriculture, which was ignored by one and all at the time (with the possible exception of ship-builders and foresters).

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10 years ago

The future of books: why I love my Kindle e-reader

The summer after I finished fifth or sixth grade (I forget which), my photo appeared in my home-town newspaper along with a two- or three-paragraph story. In the photo, I was carrying a teetering stack of books, my weekly haul from the public library. The story quoted one of the librarians about my seemingly unquenchable […]

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10 years ago

Comparing iPad vs. Kindle

No, I’m not going to tell you that one is vastly better than the other. It’s not that simple. Early adopter that I am, I purchased my first Kindle not long after the device came on the market. Within weeks, I had found a new love-object. It quickly became apparent that I was able to […]

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10 years ago

“How much should books cost?” and other misleading questions

If you have a Kindle, as I do, you’ve come across complaints in the pages of Amazon.com about the “outrageous Kindle price.” Most of the time, as you know, that price is $9.99. In my earliest encounters with this all-too-common complaint, I wondered whether there was a groundswell of concern for the financial health of […]

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10 years ago

More FAQs you didn’t ask

Truth to tell, not many people pose questions on this site. But I know you’ve got questions on your mind. So, here are more FAQs you didn’t ask. “Why do practically all your  reviews carry 4- or 5-star ratings?” I was afraid you’d ask that. But here’s the deal. I read books very selectively, picking […]

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