E-Readers Reviewed


E-Reders reviewed

by the good folks at Personal Tech

WHEN Amazon.com introduced its Kindle electronic book reader two years ago, the chief executive, Jeff Bezos, hoped the company was forever transforming the reading experience. The Kindle wasn’t the first e-reader on the market, but it came with a built-in advantage: a wireless connection to Amazon’s vast online bookstore. Today, when we think of e-readers, the Kindle comes readily to mind.

But it’s no longer just Amazon’s story. This year, new players have entered the e-reader space, while some familiar ones have hedged their bets by introducing new devices. Among Amazon’s eager competitors are Barnes & Noble, Sony, Plastic Logic, IREX Technologies and even Disney. We’ll see even more in 2010.

The complete review is here.

Latin Alternative Music Conference in NYC


The Big Apple is the Latin Alternative Music capital of the world for a week
The Big Apple was the Latin Alternative Music Capital of the World for a week.

The 10th Anniversary Edition of the Latin Alternative Music Conference just closed and the reviews are just coming in. Jon Pareles writing in the New York Times said:

Since the conference started in 2000 it has become a showcase, strategy session, networking tool and pep rally. It brings together musicians and businesspeople who are devoted to music that straddles boundaries of style and nationality.


Latin alternative music — a purposely open-ended term — has demographics in its favor, as the Hispanic minority in the United States grows and spreads beyond established urban centers. There’s the promise of a growing bilingual audience for music that reflects its own American experience. Mr. Norek said he saw increasing geographic diversity at this year’s conference, including aspiring Latin musicians from places like Denver, Nashville, Minneapolis and Orlando, Fla., well outside the music’s old strongholds.

Time to start making plans for LAMC/2010

BTW, a good source for Latin Alternative — I learned from the article — is this blog. Check them out.

Ernesto Bazan Photographs Cuba


An important project by the Italian-born Bazan. This is how the photographer and teacher describes his experience on his website:

Dear friends and students I have got the pleasure to let you know that after many years of hard work I’ve been able to publish my book on 14 years of my life in Cuba. In May of this year accompanied by seven of my students (we have nicknamed them The Magnificent Seven) we met in a small town near Verona to help my new “baby” come to light. The book is simply called BazanCuba. It only took 14 years of life and photography in Cuba, and afterwards two intense years of editing, layout, pre-press, and printing to bring the new book to the world.

NPR’s Heather Murphy calls the self-published book a “masterpiece” in this article. Go see for yourself if you agree with her — and me. BazanCuba