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She loves it now, but Oprah says she was reluctant to try the Amazon Kindle when she first heard about it. "I had a couple electronic books before, and I wasn't there because I was like, 'I need the book; I have to have the paper. I'm a reader. I'm a professional reader,'" she says.

When her friend brought her Kindle with a book already downloaded, Oprah was sold. "It was so easy," she says. "And the fact that it's wireless and you don't have to download them from your computer."

So what's on Oprah's Kindle? The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, of course. Also, The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama, Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones by Suzanne Somers, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, The Forever War by Dexter Filkins and Crack the Fat-Loss Code: Outsmart Your Metabolism and Conquer the Diet Plateau by Wendy Chant.

Jeff says he's just finished Oprah's Book Club selection and Pulitzer Prize–winner The Road by Cormac McCarthy. "Unbelievable," he says. "It's fantastic and deeply disturbing." He's also downloaded The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder and Cryogenic Engineering: Fifty Years of Progress by Klaus D. Timmerhaus and Richard P. Reed. "I'm a rocketry enthusiast, so liquid hydrogen is interesting to me," he says. "I realize how nerdy that is."

"You can tell a lot about a person by what's on their [Kindle] homepage," Oprah says.

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FROM: Oprah's Favorite New Gadget
Published on October 29, 2008


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