CALL ME OLD-FASHIONED
Got an email today from the folks at Gansevoort Hotel Group, who are making Reader Digital Books available for poolside readings at their properties in New York City and the Turks and Caicos.
They say they're working with Sony to customize the Readers, so guests can view the hotel’s spa and dining menus as well.
As well, New York's Algonquin Hotel is offering "Amazon Kindles" pre-loaded with "best sellers and classics to use anywhere inside the property."
Nothing wrong with that, and it sounds convenient. But I don't get the idea of reading a "book" on some electronic device. I know perfectly sane people who swear by it, but it's not for me.
I'm not into collecting hardcover books or special edition books with gilded lining or anything (not like Helene Hanff, who wrote a delightful book called 84 Charing Cross Road and was devoted to a good, well-made book). No, I'm perfectly content with a five dollar paperback.
But I like paper. It's portable, it doesn't require batteries, and I don't have so much to lose if I drop it in the bathtub.
ALL THAT JAZZ - ONTARIO STYLE
It's coming up on musical festival time in Ontario. The Art of Jazz takes place in the Distillery District of Toronto June 5-7, while the Toronto Jazz Festival begins in town June 26. The Ottawa International Jazz Fesitval runs June 25 to July 5, while Kingston hosts the Limestone City Blues Festival Aug. 27 to 30.
It's still pretty tentative, but there are some signs of recovery in the airline industry down south. USA Today reports Continental last month found that traffic, as measured in passenger miles flown, was down 3.8 per cent from April of 2008. Not good, but a lot better than the 9.7 per cent drop they saw between March of 2008 and March of this year.