Kindle Edition of Freedom (Oprah’s Book Club)

Jonathan Franzenв_Ts Freedom is a member of Oprahв_Ts Book Club and is available on the Kindle and Kindle DX.В  Check out the Oprah show today, December 6, to hear Oprahв_Ts discussion of Freedom with Jonathan Franzen.В  Oprah calls this book a в__masterpiece.в__В  The reviews of Freedom are all over the board with a healthy mix of praise and criticism.

BrianB does a good job in summarizing the novel:

в__This is a big, rambling tale of modern Americans in their modern lives, people who reminded me of real people, a plot which kept me turning the pages of this compulsively readable, mostly entertaining novel. The tone is slightly condescending, as the quote above my review would suggest, mostly cynical, and ultimately hopeful by the end of the story, when his battered, bruised and bruising characters emerge from the wreckage of their lives, and bravely carry on.в__

Does Freedom measure up to Franzenв_Ts 2001 hit Corrections?В  Some say yes, others say no way.В  The plot contains all of the popular elements such as politics, sex and a portrayal of modern society.В  It goes to show that even the most stable, American Family can have major issues.В  Walter and Patty Berglund live in St. Paul, Minnesota with their teenage son Joey.

Walter gets caught up into extreme environmentalist activities, while his liberal wife Patty fights a political war with her right wing neighbors.В  Joey is in love with the neighborsв_T daughter, and then there is a love triangle going on between Walter, Patty and Walterв_Ts best friend Richard.В  Nothing like a love triangle to stir up even the most stable of marriages.

Freedom does a thorough job of exploring Pattyв_Ts past, including her failed basketball career and a sexual assault.В  These experience come back to haunt her and she battles depression and writes her autobiography.В  Meanwhile, Walter gets involved with a fight to save a West Virginia mountaintop from destruction by a coal company.В  Interesting that he would get so involved with something in West Virginia, when he lives in Minnesota.

As reviewer, James MacDonald в__Jim Macв__ puts it, “Hey you 77 million baby boomers – stop feeling sorry for yourselves and get off your buts. Sure mistakes were made and you made a few! Turn off your flat screens and reach out positively and stop the vindictiveness we see Americans embracing. We all make mistakes. Get real. Reach out. There is a “there there” but only if you reach out!!”

Some critics call Freedom boring and unrealistic.В  You gotta remember though, that it is a work of fiction.В  The events of the plot are a little outrageous, but is still able to relate to the readers.

So, tune into the Oprah show for the interview with Franzen and tell us what you think.

Kindle 3G vs Nook Color Brief Feature Review

This post is a brief side by side Kindle 3G vs Nook Color feature review. I won’t put any comments in this post about each feature so you can take a look at all technical details review them and decide for yourself which product do you like the most.

Feature Kindle 3rd generation 3G Nook Color
Price 189 249
Screen Resolution 600×800 1024 x 600 pixel
Screen Diagonal 6 Inches 7 Inches
Screen Type e-Ink LCD
Colors 16 grayscale colors 16 million colors
Input Embedded Keyboard Color Touchscreen
Connectivity 3G Amazon Whispernet using CDMA/CDMA WiFi
Weight 8.7 oz (247 g) 15.8 oz (450 g)
Dimensions 7.5 × 4.8 × 0.34 in (190 × 123 × 8.51 mm) 8.1 in (210 mm) (h) x 5.0 in (130 mm) (w) x 0.48 in (12 mm) (d)
CPU Freescale 532 MHz, ARM-11 800 Mhz ARM Cortex A8 based TI OMAP3621
Storage 4GB Total / 3GB User 8GB internal, 32GB expandable
Power 3.7 V, 1530 mAh lithium polymer, BA1001 Installed battery
Battery Lifetime up to a month with wifi off 8 hours with wifi off
Operating System Linux 2.6.10 Android 2.1
Manufacturer Amazon Barnes & Nobles
Applications Several games approved by Amazon Several apps and games approved by Barnes & Nobles
File Formats AZW, PDF, MOBI, PRC, TXT, PDF EPUB, PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, PPT, TXT, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MP3, AAC, MP4

Below is the same Kindle 3G vs Nook Color side-by-side feature review but in format which is easier to copy and paste.

Price:
Kindle 3G: $189
Nook Color: $249

Screen Resolution:
Kindle 3G: 600×800
Nook Color: 1024 x 600 pixel

Screen Diagonal:
Kindle 3G: 6 inches
Nook Color: 7 inches

Screen Type:
Kindle 3G: e-Ink
Nook Color: LCD

Colors:
Kindle 3G: 16 grayscale colors
Nook Color: 16 million colors

Input:
Kindle 3G: Embedded Keyboard
Nook Color: Color Touchscreen

Connectivity:
Kindle 3G: 3G Amazon Whispernet using CDMA/CDMA
Nook Color: WiFi

Weight:
Kindle 3G: 8.7 oz (247 g)
Nook Color: 15.8 oz (450 g)

Dimensions:
Kindle 3G: 7.5 × 4.8 × 0.34 in (190 × 123 × 8.51 mm)
Nook Color: 8.1 in (210 mm) (h) x 5.0 in (130 mm) (w) x 0.48 in (12 mm) (d)

CPU:
Kindle 3G: 800 Mhz ARM Cortex A8 based TI OMAP3621
Nook Color: Freescale 532 MHz, ARM-11

Storage:
Kindle 3G: 4GB Total / 3GB User
Nook Color: 8GB internal, 32GB expandable

Power:
Kindle 3G: 3.7 V, 1530 mAh lithium polymer, BA1001
Nook Color: Installed battery

Battery Lifetime:
Kindle 3G: up to a month with wifi off
Nook Color: 8 hours with wifi off

Operating System:
Kindle 3G: Linux 2.6.10
Nook Color: Android 2.1

Manufacturer:
Kindle 3G: Amazon
Nook Color: Barnes & Nobles

Applications:
Kindle 3G: Several games approved by Amazon
Nook Color: Several apps and games approved by Barnes & Nobles

File Formats:
Kindle 3G: AZW, PDF, MOBI, PRC, TXT, PDF
Nook Color: EPUB, PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, PPT, TXT, JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, MP3, AAC, MP4