Posted Saturday, March 3, 2012, at 4:31 PM
A few people have asked me if you need a Kindle to read The Rent Is Too Damn High. The answer is a resounding no!
For one thing, you can get a copy from Barnes & Noble for your Nook. It is also available from the iBooks store for your iPhone or iPad. But even if you don't have those gizmos, the Kindle edition can be read on a variety of platforms including on a PC, on a Mac, on an Android phone, on a Windows phone, on a BlackBerry, or even on the Web. It's true that if you don't have any electronic gadgets at all you can't read it, but if you can read this blog you can read the book.
The advantage of the e-book exclusive publishing format, meanwhile, is considerable. For starters, it's cheap—just $3.99—but even better it's just the right length. There's nothing wrong with big long books, but the vast majority of public affairs books are, in my opinion, too long. They're basically padded out versions of magazine articles.The Rent Is Too Damn High isn't like that. It's longer than a magazine article, but just long enough to spell out the argument. Short and sweet.