What TV Can Do For Books and What E-Books Can’t Do…

At least, it seems, “what E-books can’t do for…anyone expecting an iPad-replacement…”

Detroit Free Press Tech Reporter Mark W. Smith wrote an article in today’s issue documenting the disappointment, however trivial or, in some cases, substantial, that early buyers of Amazon’s Kindle Fire e-reader, -specifically that, it doesn’t measure up completely to being a “tablet” (like the iPad…)…

Well, is it such a surprise? At the end of the day, it’s still an e-reader, isn’t it? 

Still, one gets a chuckle from Smith’s pithy headline: 

Kindle Fire: Is it Amazon’s Edsel? -that some are potentially that incensed. 

Reign in your expectations, e-readers… you’ll get some more bells and whistles, but you ain’t getting an iPad (with the new Kindle, that is…)

I’m still getting-to-know my Nook Color (from Barnes and Noble) – the responsiveness of the screen doesn’t seem to be as awesome as Consumer Reports claimed – but that aside, I’m still finding it a satisfactory experience. Note to new E-Readers looking to “check books out” from Ferndale’s “Overdrive” e-book/e-library – you have to download Adobe Digital Editions, first! …and then you can start “downloading” books (for 2-week loan periods).


Moving on…
The age-old debate/gripe/regret of “adaptations” from novel-to-film: -they cut this part out, they changed this character, they didn’t do this or that or the other thing properly – they ruined it… and on and on…

Well… some book fans are noticing that television adaptations, from Game of Thrones, to Boardwalk Empire, and, yes, even True Blood… tend to do a much more satisfying job.

“Television and the novel, while not exactly soul mates, have a lot more in common than the novel and theatrical film…” writes Salon.com’s Laura Miller, in a post this week announcing forthcoming television productions of numerous book adaptations, including: Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, Jennifer Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work A Visit From The Goon Squad, and Neil Gaiman’s popular fantasy epic American Gods.

Salman Rushdie (whose developing his own show for Showtime), was quoted in the Observer as hailing television’s advantage over cinematic-adaptions being that the writer is “the primary creative artist.”

Read on…

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