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The edges of the device will also now be ‘buttons’ of a sort. According to what we’ve heard, instead of old-fashioned ’split’ buttons found on previous Kindles, these will be ’squeezable’ buttons that give off haptic feedback when activated. Theoretically, this should allow you to change pages without having to awkwardly reach over with your thumb to tap the ‘next page’ zone on the Paperwhite’s screen. And making the buttons squeezable keeps the sleek lines of the Paperwhite’s margins. TechCrunch

The music, pulled primarily from the Library of Congress Archive of Folk Song (now Archive of Folk Culture), spans nearly a century (1890-1976) and virtually every form that can be considered American music. This includes native American songs and instrumental music, music of immigrant cultures from all over the world, and uniquely American forms like blues, jazz and country. Dinosaur Discs

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Stephanie Doyle
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 08:57:05

    Just checking as I’m thinking about getting the paperwhite – but has anyone figured out how to move folders from one Kindle to the next. Any books I want to keep I save to my favorites folder – I would love somehow just to load that folder on to my new Kindle.

  2. Theresa Romain
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 09:03:59

    My parents own that folk music compendium! I recognize those covers from my childhood; I often flipped past them in search of a more intriguing LP like “Sesame Disco.” Glad to see it available digitally now; I grabbed the whole set. Thanks for the link, Jane.

  3. Erin Satie
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 12:39:18

    @Stephanie —

    I have the same problem! Upgrading from one kindle to another is really a pain.

  4. Eliza Evans
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 14:19:51

    Argh! I do not in any way shape or form need a new paperwhite. I got mine last Christmas and I really love it. But oh, I’m going to covet that new one. Maybe I can convince my husband to take mine and then I’ll upgrade.

  5. Dana S
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 17:24:56

    The ban of Sex Criminals pissed me off so much. Yes it’s explicit, but it’s clearly marked for adults and it’s not porn. It’s not even erotica. It uses sex as a plot point, where having sex causes time to stop, I’ve read the first two issues and neither the story or the art is in any way exploitative. In fact the first issue is actually has some really thoughtful commentary on women and sexuality and the incredibly confusing time when girls first discover their sexuality.

    The first issue is free on Comixology right now, and I think also still free and DRM free on Image’s website if anyone wants to try it. I loved it. I thought it was funny, sweet, smart, and very entertaining.

  6. Willaful
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 18:12:28

    Those albums are familiar to me too! My mom loved folk music when I was young. I’m looking forward to seeing if I recognize anything.

    A paperwhite with buttons… that might just swing the deal for me. We’lll see how it looks next Christmas.

  7. Dale
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 19:24:41


    As for why Apple would ban a racy comic from in-app purchase while allowing it in the iBookstore, iOS has a Parental Controls section to remove the ability to purchase books flagged as sexually explicit, while for In-App Purchases the only setting is whether to enable or disable in-app purchases altogether. Comixology could change their app rating to 17+, but that’d put it out of reach of many younger readers.

    So basically it comes down to flawed app ecosystem design. I won’t hold my breath waiting for Apple to make things more consistent.

    Edit: Nevermind, I see they’re already rated 17+. In that case, I don’t understand Apple at all here. Which is not uncommon for me.

  8. Sandra
    Nov 26, 2013 @ 17:41:50

    on the subject of eReaders: I really hate the push to buy new hardware. I get it, but I don’t like it.

    I got my Kindle Fire HD during 2012’s Black Friday sales (I don’t consider it old, but in eReader years I guess it’s older than dirt).

    All I wish for is a software upgrade to include some kind of book organization, like collections.


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