The Speed Read

Michael Dirda finally meets his literary match. ... The new Kindle DX: bigger, faster, able to save the newspaper industry in a single keystroke. ... If you already own an e-book, there's a flow chart that'll help you decide whether to go digital or paper for any given book. ... If you decide to go completely digital, turn those useless books into art, as Thomas Allen has done with old pulp fiction novels. ... Incurable optimists launch a television show about books. The first episode of Open Book TV features writers who live in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn, such as Ishmael Beah and Jennifer Egan. ... Another incurable optimist founds a publishing company with the mission of publishing translations of Urdu texts. The first release? An 8,000-page, 24-volume fantasy epic. ... Searchers find the trail of missing poet, Craig Arnold. ... The Uncommon Reader author Alan Bennett's 75th birthday is Saturday, and he's dreading it. For good reason. ... Which translation has had the most effect on your reading and writing? The National Book Critics Circle asked the question, and has the answers. ... Adam Gopnik extols the quality of candles over booklights for late night reading in the marital bed. ... Moby Dick is hilarious, really.

By Rachel Hartigan Shea |  May 7, 2009; 10:46 AM ET
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Please keep the Speed Read coming. I look forward to it, and follow a lot of your leads.

Just wanted you to know that lack of comments does not mean lack of readers.


Posted by: Elaine10 | May 11, 2009 11:14 PM

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