Howard Stern likes his Kindle, and that’s probably the best news the book industry has had since Oprah launched her book club. Stern opened his show Tuesday after Memorial Day by sharing the news that he hasn’t read as much lately because his glasses make it a pain. But the Kindle fixes the problem, the way he can adjust the font. Presto! Stern is back to reading and that means Stern’s listeners will be getting some new recommendations. Publishers are pumped.
Stern started with Worth Dying For: A Navy SEAL’s Call to a Nation by Rorke Denver — A SEAL’s name if there ever was one. Stern thought it was appropriate Memorial Day reading. Denver writes movingly about the value of service and what it ultimately means to a country. Stern was impressed, saying it was a “fascinating” read. Stern doesn’t now want every American to serve in a war, but he does dig the idea of service — making every American serve the country in some way for a year as part of citizenship is an idea he finds appealing. Stern is no book reviewer — he’s just, as “King of All Media”, a disseminator of information. Suddenly millions more people know about Denver’s book.