39 Chris Danielson


4/17/09 UPDATE: Due to the threat of a winter storm, we decided to stay over in Santa Fe tonight and will not be able to attend the Colorado meetup tomorrow at 11 a.m. So we’ll try again in May…

Colorado Kindle Chronicles Meetup Saturday April 18 at 11 a.m!

News (2:34) – The Wall Street Journal gives credence to the rumor I passed along six weeks ago, namely that a larger-screen Kindle 3 is due out by this year’s holiday shopping season.  The WSJ report is picked up by Fast Company and others, including Abhi’s blog, which offers some additional smart analysis of the report.

Tech Tip (4:21) – Courtesy of yisroel parker, who tipped me off to zoolert.com, which keeps track of Kindle books that are too expensive and lets me know by email when the price falls to $9.99.

Interview (6:45) – Chris Danielson, director of public relations for the National Federation of the Blind, spoke with me by phone on Monday, April 13, about the Federation’s ongoing ReadingRights campaign to save the Kindle 2’s text-to-speech capability in the face of opposition by the Authors Guild.  Chris and busloads of others held a protest on April 7 at the Guild’s NYC headquarters (where the photo of him was taken – for other photos of the protest click here).

Quote (18:27) – From “What Two Young Women Found in the Rockies” by Dorothy Wickendon in the April 20, 2009 edition of The New Yorker. Click here for an abstract of the article. Full article online requires paid registration.  Read by the male and female Text to Speech voices of the Kindle 3, and a human for comparison.

Comments (23:20) Dan Meyers on Calibre, Dorian Nisinson on Amazon’s deranking snafu, Larry Goss on pricing, Ted Inoue on Kindle 2 contrast, James Chang on contrast-problem coverage in Wired and engadget, and Robert Brownson on cool Kindle covers at Strangedog.com .

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Comments 2

  1. Gilles Brunet wrote:

    Thank you Len for the great job you are doing for us.

    I listen to your podcast since 1 month. I would like to buy a Kindle but it is not available in Canada yet. Do you know if Amazon plans to introduce it here? I am in Montreal.

    PS In the Quote section, you wrote K3 instead of K2. Your mind is ready for the next release 😉



    Posted 20 Apr 2009 at 8:31 am
  2. Ted Inoue wrote:

    Hi Len,
    I understand your not wanting to dwell on the contrast issue, none of us want to bring the Kindle down since it’s a really great device.
    I think there’s often a misinterpretation of our reaction to these issues. We love the Kindle and the reason we’re pushing so hard on this issue is that we know that the device can be even better and more useful to a broader range of customers through simple modifications. We’re fighting FOR the Kindle user base.
    Those who have tried the modifications have been amazed by the increase in clarity, giving them the ability to read at on or two font sizes smaller and in poorer lighting conditions.

    all the best,

    Posted 20 Apr 2009 at 12:38 pm