According to what I can find on the web, odes are supposed to have an elevated style. That’s pretty tiring, so I’ve only done three lines:
O Kindle, slight site of dearest volumes,
Adept who dost translate desire into satiety,
Thou striveth to catch even fleeting curiosity.
I was inspired to write an ode on realizing yesterday that I had read an excited review in the NY Times that morning, and had read much of the book several hours later. And books are just about always less for the kindle, and sometimes much less. A number of classic texts are free.
There are a couple of downsides:
1. You don’t get page numbers, a bummer for references.
2. Non-US residents are having trouble downloading books, though it’s ok in England, apparently, where kindle is being launched soon. This may be a temporary glitch.
3. While quite a bit of philosophy is available, not much feminist philosophy is. I haven’t tried to figure out the reason for this, so I can’t say it’s an instance of disadvantages getting compounded.
Earlier we also considered other possible problems, including not supporting independent bookstores, here.