So You Want to Read Your eBooks in the Shower…?
Bill Quick

This Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite Is Humanity’s Greatest Achievement | TechCrunch

The Waterfi version is shipped in the original Kindle packaging without any outward appearance of having been modified. It looks and feels like a Kindle, albeit a slightly heavier version, and interacting with its touchscreen is the same as you’d find with an unmodified version. But because of Waterfi’s special treatment process, its Kindle Paperwhite is completely waterproof – submersible to above 200 feet in either fresh or salt water, for any length of time.

20 years ago, when I was telling the disbelieving denizens of misc.dot writing that ebooks were the wave of the future, and being mocked for my temerity, one of the favorite ripostes was, “Can you read your damned electronic machine in the bathtub?”

I didn’t have much of a response, given that I hate baths (soaking away in a tub full of your own floating slime?  ugh.) and only take showers, but now there is an answer to the rubber ducky crowd?  Yeah, I can read an ebook in the bathtub, and even do so under the bathtub water, if I wish.

Try that with your potential blob of dead tree papier mache.

I always know I’m probably on the right track when everybody tells me I’m wrong about something, and even if I’m not, nobody will want to buy or use it.

 

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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So You Want to Read Your eBooks in the Shower…? — 2 Comments

  1. I always know I’m probably on the right track when everybody tells me I’m wrong about something, and even if I’m not, nobody will want to buy or use it.

    Bill, Bill, Bill… You just don’t understand. This is simply nothing to get excited about. No one needs this, and no one wants this. If waterproof tablets were important, Apple would have come out with one. There’s no waterproof iPad, therefore this is simply no big deal.* QED.

    * Until Apple comes out with a waterproof iPad, at which point Apple will be seen as amazingly innovative and every competitor is a slow-moving, unimaginative troglodyte.

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