The Real Genius Of The Kindle? The Return Of ‘Unitasking’


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Unitasking is genius? The book itself has been enabling unitasking for 500 years. I suppose the innovation here is unitasking in an electronic device. But that implies that what would be really great is a landline pushbutton phone — or, even better, a rotary dial. Doesn't it? Or am I missing something here?

Kara Monroe

It's so interesting that this article came along right now. I have had my kindle for about six months now but didn't actively use it until I was on vacation earlier this month. While on vacation I was amazed that in relatively short time reading I read three different books. Since returning from vacation, I've read five additional books on my Kindle. I had mentioned to many friends that I think the Kindle's design helps me read more quickly and become less distracted while I'm reading.

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