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We bring you a couple of comments prompted by Laura Sydell's report last week on self-publishing and e-readers, plus reaction from our interview with Jakob Dylan about his new CD. Host Scott Simon reads comments from listeners.


Time now for your letters.

(Soundbite of music and typing)

SIMON: With that ancient sound of paper being ripped out of the roller of a typewriter, we bring you a couple of comments prompted by Laura Sydell's report last week on self-publishing and eReaders. Comments were about Apple's new iPad and posted on our Facebook page. Nevertheless, Sharon Redgrave complained about their incorporation into publishing.

She writes: There's nothing like having a new book in your hands. The pristine cover, the resistance to holding it open, the pages reluctantly giving way to being fluttered apart, the smell of new paper - bliss.

Jason Ryan Baggett(ph) says he was reminded of an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" in which the crew is seduced by a game designed by aliens trying to take over the ship. He writes: Only Captain Picard is wise enough to see the game for what it is - a foolish waste of time. Does anyone else see parallels between the iPad or really any Apple gadget and the game mentioned above? It's pretty obvious to me.

Our interview last week with children's party planner Rod Woodman about a proposed tax on professional clowns prompted a response from John Piotti, majority leader from the Maine House of Representative, who says: We were wrong to suggest that his state is hard-pressed to raise tax revenues. Maine's legislature has passed a comprehensive overhaul to tax laws that lowers income taxes while extending Maine's narrow sales tax base to some discretionary items like hiring a clown for a party. The tax overhaul doesn't result in any additional net revenue. In fact, it lowers the overall tax burden on Maine residents by tens of millions of dollars. This historic tax overhaul is on the ballot for repeal before it ever takes effect. And opponents are using these kinds of cheap shot soundbites to confuse the public and divert attention from the bill's merits.

After all that, thanks for all the compliments for our interview with Jakob Dylan about his new CD. Michael Reed posted this on our Web site: Yet another wonderful interview spiced with wonderful music from happy people who love what they do for its own sake. With so much unreasoning hatred, bitterness and strife that must be reported, it's great to have a break.

(Soundbite of song, "Holy Rollers for Love")

Mr. JAKOB DYLAN (Musician): (Singing) She's got you the minute you open the door. Battle songs filling their lungs, moving out under the sun...

SIMON: Love to hear from you. Send us an email by visiting and clicking on Contact Us. You can also reach us on or on twitter @nprweekend, I tweet @nprscottsimon, all one word.

(Soundbite of song, "Holy Rollers for Love")

Mr. DYLAN: (Singing) This world is crazy or maybe she's holy rollers for love. The world is crazy and making us holy rollers for love.

SIMON: This is NPR News.

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