Monday, July 13, 2009
Villa-Lobos on the Kindle DX
It looks like people are using the Kindle DX, Amazon's new 9.7" wireless reading device, to read scores at the piano. There are scores of each of the pieces in the Prole do Bebe series for sale in the Kindle Store, at US$2.36 each. These scores are in the public domain in the U.S., though not in other parts of the world.
There's an interesting blog post about using the Kindle to read scores here; it includes some thoughtful comments.
It's unfortunate that the Kindle isn't yet available in Canada. I'll be one of the first to buy one here once Amazon signs up a Canadian wireless provider. Kindle's ability to load PDF format files and its high resolution greyscale screen makes it a natural for score reading, and in 2010 Villa-Lobos scores go into the public domain.
Kindle + imslp.org = an awesome score-reading platform. (I'm spending too much time tweeting!)