Monday, July 5, 2010

Parsing The Herald's Kindle Edition.


Happy wet Monday, kids.

If you're reading this in your office today -- hi Greenberg Gal!

It's no secret I'm a big fan of my Kindle.

I've fooled around with the iPad, and it's a fun device -- colors, Facebook, music, internet etc.

But if you are a reader, a lover of books, and you simply want a superior reading experience, you cannot beat the simplicity, functionality, and pleasant design of the Kindle. I actually prefer the reading screen to a conventional book, and I particularly enjoy having my NYT and WSJ waiting for me at 5 am each morning.

No ads, no messy newsprint, each article in its entirety, followed logically by the next one.

And when I travel I typically download the paper of whatever town I'm in -- whether it's the LA Times or the WP.

So I thought I'd give the Miami Herald Kindle edition a whirl.

Here's my four-word review:

It's embarrassingly bad. Seriously.

I don't think they are making much effort -- haphazard article selection, articles that repeat in different sections (national, local, sports), severely truncated articles, multiple typos and weird codes.

There appears to be very little thought behind it.

The NYT edition is state of the art, so it's probably not fair to compare the Herald edition to that elegant paper.

But they really ought to try harder.

13 comments:

  1. where exactly is your location, sfl-- office? van?

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  2. The Herald is a waste. I'd sooner read The National Enquirer.

    @12:40- sfls' office is on wheels.

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  3. @12:40

    I have it on good authority that the SFL office operates from the shadow dimension, where Galactus hid Zenn-La from the Silver Surfer.

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  4. SFL the guy from the sign shoppe called- he wants to know if you want 'Attorney on Wheels' painted on the van or just a big neon sign on top?

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  5. Hey SFL if a client is strapped for cash, do you accept 'magic brownies' as an acceptable form of payment?

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  6. Cheech and Chong album or Betty Crocker cookbook.

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  7. Serious question - how is it as a PDF reader (if you have the large version DX)? I'm thinking of using one in my practice as I am trying to go as paperless as possible. Is the page turning really slow? I don't really need all the added features of the iPad since I have an iPhone, so if I can get away with a DX, I'd like to choose that.

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  8. 7:31- eat a 'brownie' and the answer will come to you.

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  9. The good news is Kindle can now be shipped to customers outside the U.S.. I love it!

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  10. I have it on good authority that SFL's address of record is a mailbox store on Grand Avenue, next to the Grove Cleaners.

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  11. Anyone remember the old Grove headshop?

    (Just asking.)

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  12. @1:34

    Which one? There were at least 3 or 4. My favorite was the combination 'adult novelty store' and headshop; it was the best place in Miami to buy edible undies and rolling papers before a fun night out.

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