News (1:55) – Stephen Windwalker wonders if the latest Kindle 2 firmware update, 2.0.3, might address the screen contrast issue. Ted Inoue weighs in, saying probably not. Blog Kindle suggests the new update may have something to do with Amazon’s planned pullback from Text to Speech in the face of Authors Guild opposition. Meanwhile, a feisty ebook publisher, Vellum Publishing, offers a bold solution for the contrast problem on its 13-book catalogue, including a screenplay I bought, The Harvard Man, which has good-looking bold text, but I confess that I didn’t get very far into it before putting it down in disgust at the gore and a misspelling.
Tech Tip (8:23) – From MobileRead, clarknova’s Kindle 2 hack that enables you to customize your Kindle’s screen savers. Not for the technologically faint of heart, but Amazon says it won’t void the warranty. (Scroll down to March 2, 2009 post.) Go back to Episode 20 for a refresher on how to do this on your Kindle 1, or consult these instructions from phuocle at MobileRead.
Interview (16:35) – Pam McCarthy, deputy editor of The New Yorker, tells how the magazine decided to create a Kindle edition which in February immediately soared to the Number One bestseller spot among all magazines offered for the Kindle. This is a telephone interview recorded on April 21, 2009.
Quote (37:00) – “The Bells: How Harvard Helped Preserve a Russian Legacy” by Elif Batuman in the April 27, 2009 issue of The New Yorker. With audio of the bells from a related New Yorker podcast by NewYorker.com and Curtis Fox Productions.