Wednesday, September 02, 2009

David Byrne blogs about the Kindle

The title of this post includes two words I never thought to associate with David Byrne: blog and kindle. First off, he has a website. It is a comprehensive site, with music and dvd info, art and books, touring and news. It also includes a journal, which he seems to update quite often. It is surreal to think of an artist that is seemingly apart from the world, adding to it without quite being part of it, blogging his daily thoughts and movements. He is currently touring in England, setting up an art installation in London and promoting his soon-to-be released book, Bicycle Diaries.
But the most interesting post had to do with Amazon's Kindle. Byrne recently purchased one to facilitate reading whilst traveling, and heartily agrees with the concept. He writes at length about the pros and cons of the Kindle and other electronic readers, and debates the change in the publishing industry that may or may not occur as a result. It is an interesting perspective, as he is an artist and author himself. He has been affected by the change in the music industry in the last 10 years and likens the rise of ebooks to the drastic effect of the MP3 on the music industry. Interesting stuff.

Check out the site here, and read his journal entry on Kindle here.

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