E-Books and Drunk Downloading

I know whereof she speaks:

Elif Batuman, author of “The Possessed,’’ found that her book purchasing tripled when she bought a Kindle. As she wrote in an essay for the Guardian last fall, her device encouraged a drunken rereading of the entire oeuvre of Agatha Christie, as well as more highbrow texts. “The Kindle is wonderful for drunk people,’’ she wrote, “because you can climb into bed, press one button, and ‘The Anatomy of Melancholy’ instantaneously materializes before you.’’

via With e-books on the rise, how far will transition to digital go? – The Boston Globe.


  1. Esteban says:

    My Amazon purchases have probably doubled since I bought a Kindle. I've also probably not purchased a book in a bookstore in 2 years, so no surprise to hear Borders is liquidating everything. In years past I spent many pleasurable hours browsing through books in Borders and B&N, so it's kind of a sad thing to hear, but I certainly wasn't helping keep them afloat.

    • Paul Kedrosky says:

      Same here. I haven't bought a paper book — other than textbooks, etc.– in two years, but I need only hear about a book before I'mfurtively ordering it on way to restroom.

  2. Carl Mercurio says:

    I also find I read more and purchase more books since I bought a Kindle — and I've been sober now for 295 days. Proof positive you don't have to be drunk to reread Moby Dick. I enjoy the free word games as well.