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Digital Book Burning?

Monday, Aug. 03, 2009 3:52 AM

If there's anything to recommend a love for print books, it's a story like this. has their digital book reader, the Kindle, a tablet-like device through which users can purchase and download content. They can even make annotations in the margins.

But what doesn't tell the user up front is that they can connect to your Kindle and delete content, as in the case of a copy of George Orwell's 1984 that turned out to be improperly licensed. So, poof - away it went - taking one student's notes on the book with it.

Cash For Clunkers appears to be the kind of stimulus the economy really needs - not bailouts to preserve financial executives' million-dollar bonuses, private jets, and office remodels.

My wife had her car in for an oil change over the weekend, and the dealership had sold 15 cars on Friday night alone.

Simple, isn't it? Put the money where it enables consumers to re-invest in the economy, not a boondoggle where banks take our tax dollars and charge their usual exorbitant interest rates as they loan it back to us.

That's $700+ billion that the banks owe the American people.

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