2 UPDATES (7/26/09) – Courtesy of Andrys Basten – thanks, Andrys!
1.CORRECTION: Plastic Logic will be going with AT&T (not Verizon, as I say in the podcast) as it has European GSM while Verizon has only CDMA. Amazon is with Sprint (not AT&T).
2. “The rest of the story” – The student mentioned by Mignon Fogarty in her podcast is Justin Gawronski, as reported by The New York Times. Andrys tweeted that someone (NYT’s Brad Stone) should let Justin know that he should check his “My Clippings” file as that has all book notes duplicated (though interspersed with notes from other books, but she recommended a Word macro that will put the My Clipping file’s notes in order by book). Andrys was talking to another blogger on his website (and she wrote about this here) and who should come onto the site while they were discussing the My Clippings file but Justin! I love how Andrys put this as follows in her email this morning: “Only on the Internet. It was a like a play, in which people come to the door at just the right time. He checked his Kindle file, and sure enough the notes were there. Afterward, the blogger (Ken Kennedy) helped him get another copy of that book that was legal. So Justin is set.” Click here for the Ken Kennedy post and don’t miss the comments, wherein Justin makes his dramatic appearance.
News – Jeff Bezos posts a classy apology for Amazon’s Orwellian moment, earning a kudo from Andrys Basten. Mignon Fogarty in her excellent new podcast, Behind the Grammar, notes that one of the retracted Orwell books had been annotated by a student for school. Oops! Barnes & Noble teams up with Plastic Logic to challenge the Kindle. New evidence via USA Today that the Kindle is seeping into the mainstream.
Tech Tip – Note: The promised trio of tech tips turns out to be only a duo on the podcast, proving that I should have paid more attention to the missing second one from Larry Goss – about how to use your Kindle 1 or 2 to do math tricks. I’ll be sure to include it next week. The tech tips actually related on the podcast are 1) How to submit your blog for Kindle subscriptions, and 2) and how to read word definitions in larger font on the Kindle 2 or DX, courtesy of Allen MacDiarmid.
Interview – Leading tech blogger and columnist Mike Elgan returns to the podcast to give an engaging, insightful update on the State of the Kindle. Click here for his last visit to the show, on January 2, 2009. He’s also a lively and informative Twitterer.
Content – Check out Jan Zlendich’s excellent blog, The Kindle Reader, for frequently updated tips on good reading for your Kindle. The Kindle Quote is from my sister’s new creation, Stephanie’s Bible Blog, newly available for subscription at the Kindle store.
Note: I’m sorry this episode is a day late, the first time I’ve missed my Friday deadline since I began the Kindle Chronicles on July 26, 2008. Thanks to a true genius at the Cambridgeside Apple Store, Justin Granger, the recording of my interview with Mike Elgan was rescued this morning from the crashed hard drive on my MacBook Air. Thanks, also, to my mother for loaning me her MacBook Air for a few days, so I could complete this episode and upload it.
Cheers, Len Edgerly