E-Book Tarnishes The Reader-Book Relationship Commentator Andrei Codrescu is upset that passages on his eBook reader are highlighted. This happens automatically by a crowd-sourcing program. Codrescu says it takes the privacy out of reading.
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E-Book Tarnishes The Reader-Book Relationship

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E-Book Tarnishes The Reader-Book Relationship

E-Book Tarnishes The Reader-Book Relationship

E-Book Tarnishes The Reader-Book Relationship

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Commentator Andrei Codrescu is upset that passages on his eBook reader are highlighted. This happens automatically by a crowd-sourcing program. Codrescu says it takes the privacy out of reading.

ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

Well, some Kindle users seem to enjoy seeing what others find meaningful, but not commentator Andrei Codrescu.

ANDREI CODRESCU: Conformism does come of age in the most private of peaceful activities - reading a book, one of the last solitary pleasures in a world full of prompts to behave. My Kindle, sugar-coated cyanide.

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SIEGEL: Andrei Codrescu is the author of "The Poetry Lesson," which is available for Kindle, but highlight at your own risk.

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