Why The Best E-Reader Is A Newspaper

In a satirical and quite witty “study,” McSweeney’s has just unveiled the results of its latest test: deciding which e-reader is the best.

They studied iPads, Kindles, Nooks, and Newspapers. That’s right. They compared the high-powered tech gadgets to the good ol’ fashioned printed page. What’d they find out? You might be surprised (or not surprised and just amused) so be sure to check out the full article here.

Here’s an excerpt on how the Newspaper, and books in general, compare to the iPad and other e-readers:

What concerned us most about The Newspaper was its lack of Wi-Fi. Information on the system was locked, while on other e-readers it was open, ubiquitous and current. Eventually, however, we found this advantage to be overstated, even misleading. Engineers using The Newspaper typically did so 30 to 60 minutes a day. Afterward, they went outside, formed relationships, and took in what life had to offer. Those using Wi-Fi-enabled e-readers tended to stay on the couch, scanning video sites for cats; eventually, downloading recipes for artichoke cheese dip they’ll never use.

There were other limits to The Newspaper’s capabilities. Yet, these we could live with as well. Books could be downloaded onto the other e-readers, but after several days, we became bored with this feature. It seemed, for our tastes, that too many married professors with too many tenure problems were having too many mid-life crises involving too many young mistresses. Also, we found that, even on a color monitor, we still couldn’t finish Swann’s Way.

Be sure to check out the full article here.