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Update (1/27/2012): I’ve updated this list to include several books I wasn’t aware of when I first published this post.

I noticed recently that I’ve been getting search engine referrals with the search terms “Harry Bosch chronological.” I assume that means people are looking for a chronological list of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels so they can read them in order. I don’t think that’s necessary, but who am I to deny my readers the information they want? I did a little research and put together a list. I haven’t read all of these yet, but I’ve commented on the ones I’m familiar with.  This list can be verified at Michael Connelly’s website.

  1. The Black Echo (5 stars)
  2. The Black Ice (Click here for my review)
  3. The Concrete Blond (4 stars)
  4. The Last Coyote (5 stars)

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Since writing “Eleven Reasons I Want a Kindle,” a few weeks ago, I’ve found some more information:

Here is a review (mostly positive) on readwriteweb.com. This was written before the device was actually released, and focuses more on the concept than the execution, but it’s still quite interesting.

This article, also on readwriteweb.com, discusses how Daniel Oran, a software developer turned author, has borrowed the concept of beta-testing from the computer world. For 99 cents, he is making the manuscript available in Kindle format, with the hope that readers will give him feedback before he finalizes it for publishing.

On another note, I’m just back from a splendid, three-week Christmas vacation visiting family and friends I haven’t seen since moving to Los Angeles last summer. I also finished several books, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed, and I’ll be working on reviews later this week.

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What is an Ebook?


An Ebook is a book in one of several electronic formats that can be read on a computer or PDA. One common format is Adobe PDF. Another is Microsoft Reader, which I have on my Toshiba e330 Pocket PC.

What is Kindle?

Kindle is a dedicated ebook reader: it doesn’t have the other functions of a computer like word processing or web browsing. It exists solely for reading, which enables the manufacturer to address many of the drawbacks associated with reading on a computer or PDA screen. For example, according to Amazon:

  1. Kindle can be read in full sunlight without glare.
  2. The device is ergonomically optimized, meaning that it is more comfortable to hold and read from than a laptop or PDA.

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Have you ever read a birthday card so fast that the person who handed it to you accused you of not reading it? Do you have to include a separate suitcase for your light reading when you go on vacation? If so, you might be a natural speedreader.

If you have a few minutes, please click here for a short reading speed test. When you are finished, enter your result in the poll below. Please only vote once so the poll results will be accurate. This poll is completely anonymous. I have no way of knowing whose statistics I’m looking at unless you tell me separately.

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