Reading the Kindle with Your Morning Coffee

Print devotees will likely find Amazon's newfangled e-reader an imperfect substitute for the old-fashioned newspapereven if it saves trees

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Great for reading, portable, and easy to use

The Bad: Easy to forget to charge the battery; the rare pictures don't look very good

The Bottom Line: A fair, if imperfect, replacement for the daily newspaper

My typical day begins with a stack of four newspapers waiting outside the door to my apartment. Picking them up is what I do between shutting off the alarm and turning on the coffee pot. Although I may be increasingly unusual in a world that no longer seems to love newspapers, I take the usual batch of what you'd expect for a New Yorker in my line of work: The New York Times (NYT) seven days a week and the New York Post (NWS) on weekdays. I also get The Wall Street Journal and Financial Times (TRI) six days a week. All told, it works out to about 100 newspapers a month, and after vacations and other delivery pauses, about 1,100 a year. And while I take care to recycle them all, I can't help but feel guilty about all that paper and all those trees.

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