US Ambassador Sworn in on E-Reader

The Kindle paperwhite 3G on display after a news conference in Santa Monica, Calif., Sept. 6, 2012. Amazon showed several new models of the Kindle tablet at the news conference. (J. Emilio Flores/The New York Times)
The Amazon Kindle.
J. Emilio Flores/The New York Times

A little bit of history was made yesterday when Suzi LeVine was sworn into her post as the US ambassador to Switzerland using an e-reader.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below has remarks from LeVine. She says she chose to take the oath over an e-copy of the constitution as a sign of American entrepreneurship and innovation and all that good stuff. However, the very first reason she lists for why she went digital? “It was what I had.”

So. Who forgot the constitution?

Similarly, the Washington Post notes that a group of firefighters in New Jersey recently became sworn in on an iPad version of the Bible, because “nobody could find a version in print.”