July 20, 2010

So, how's that e-reader making your poetry look?

Do any of the Poetry Peeps out there read poetry on a Kindle or Sony Reader? I'm just wondering, because I ran across this article in the SF Chronicle -- quoting Billy Collins -- he's not a fan:

Billy Collins, one of the country's most popular poets, had never seen his work in e-book form until he recently downloaded his latest collection on his Kindle.

He was unpleasantly surprised.

Read more: here.

It is so hard to reproduce stanza and lines length appropriately even on a blog for Poetry Friday, much less on a digital reader which is more concerned with the words than the poetic form. Sooo, e-tailers are supposed to do something about this. Eventually. But I have a feeling they're not that bothered by the whole thing.


1 comment:

Stella B. said...

Yep! E-tailers won't be bothered by it until poetry becomes a lucrative market. (Bwa-ha-ha-ha!)