SPOTLIGHT: Amazon Kindle shows promise as low-cost means of accessing medical literature

The iPad may be garnering all the headlines, but don't count out Amazon's Kindle just yet. Just like Apple's blockbuster device seems to be more than a tablet computer, the Kindle is more than just an e-book reader. It could come in quite handy for anyone searching for medical literature. One advantage the Kindle has over the iPad, and just about any smartphone, is its free mobile Internet access. "We thought we might be able to exploit this access for another use," Megan von Isenburg, associate director of public services at Duke University Medical Center's library, said at a mobile healthcare conference in Baltimore last month. FierceMobileHealthcare

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