I haz a Kindle!


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Gonna be hard to top this Father’s Day present next year, but for my very first Father’s Day, Eliza and Betsy got me a Kindle! (yes I know it’s not quite Father’s Day…sue me, they gave it to me early.)

So far, the thing is really intriguing. The display is magical, the closest thing to paper I’ve ever seen for readability, and it took me about 3 minutes of using it to get used to the controls. The UI could be slight springier, with just a bit of lag between button press and effect, but again, I think something I’ll get used to quickly.

The downside? No EVDO service in Sewanee, which means no impulse buys while laying in bed. That’s actually probably not a downside, now that I think about it.

Anyway, if anyone wants to play with a Kindle, find me at ALA…I’ll have it with me.

By griffey

Jason Griffey is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at NISO, where he works to identify new areas of the information ecosystem where standards expertise is useful and needed. Prior to joining NISO in 2019, Jason ran his own technology consulting company for libraries, has been both an Affiliate at metaLAB and a Fellow and Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and was an academic librarian in roles ranging from reference and instruction to Head of IT at the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Jason has written extensively on technology and libraries, including multiple books and a series of full-periodical issues on technology topics, most recently AI & Machine Learning in Libraries and Library Spaces and Smart Buildings: Technology, Metrics, and Iterative Design from 2018. His newest book, co-authored with Jeffery Pomerantz, will be published by MIT Press in 2024.

He has spoken internationally on topics such as artificial intelligence & machine learning, the future of technology and libraries, decentralization and the Blockchain, privacy, copyright, and intellectual property. A full list of his publications and presentations can be found on his CV.
He is one of eight winners of the Knight Foundation News Challenge for Libraries for the Measure the Future project (, an open hardware project designed to provide actionable use metrics for library spaces. He is also the creator and director of The LibraryBox Project (, an open source portable digital file distribution system.

Jason can be stalked obsessively online, and spends his free time with his daughter Eliza, reading, obsessing over gadgets, and preparing for the inevitable zombie uprising.

2 replies on “I haz a Kindle!”

Congrats! I’ll be interested to hear how you like it a few months from now. I have a post brewing about mine, but overall I like it. I was a little freaked out when I entered my amazon account info and the Kindle suddenly knew everything about me. I agree about the screen – it’s amazing in bright sunlight.

Too bad about the lack of cellular network in your area. I love having Newsweek magically appear each week for only $18/year.

I agree about the screen. I heard everyone complaining about the kindle, but when I checked one out in person I was pretty blown away.

Crossing my fingers and hoping I get one for fathers day.

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