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I’ve been playing with a Kindle. Because it’s not available in Canada, I can only buy books or use it to read newspapers when I’m in the US (and I am fairly frequently). I generally like the interface. Visual cues of reading progress are nice and the device is comfortable to hold. But, I still like paper. I like marking up sentences, adding thoughts in the margin, and highlighting important ideas. I can do most of those things with a Kindle…but in an awkward, cumbersome way. Enter Printernet -custom printing for newspapers, magazines, and even wikis:

In the jargon of networks, this so-called “printernet” can have the same benefits as the Internet — massive parallel manufacturing with standards-based interfaces, real time production information and easy access for everyone. Each printer — the combination of the machinery and the intelligence that manages the machinery — is a print output node.
Each node is both part of the network and self-sufficient. When the nodes are working together mass customization of print product becomes commonplace at previously impossible speeds and quantities.

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  1. George, since I got my Kindle in February, I can’t put it down. I’ve actually read more books and papers since I’ve had it than I have in months. But just to let you know, I don’t take advantage of Whispernet as often as I should – there are so many free book sites on the Internet ( and Baen amongst others). I also use and the software Calibre to push RSS feeds of blogs and newspapers to my device. Suddenly, I can read all sorts of things on the go.
    I used to think I’d never get an ebook reader because of the touch and smell of paper. But something happened with the Kindle – the device somehow removes itself, the medium, and I can more easily concentrate strictly on the content.

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