53 Mike Elgan

Mike photo2 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.

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News – Jeff Bezos posts a classy apology for Amazon’s Orwellian moment, earning a kudo from Andrys BastenMignon 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.

Audio Comments – Stephanie Bowe, Joshua Tallent, Linda Hopkins, Rick from North Reading, Mass., Peggy Poellot, and Bryan Person.

Email CommentsStephen Windwalker (a guest on the show here and here)  and Robert W. Rutkowski.

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

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Comments 8

  1. Fred Zelders wrote:

    Great that the interview was recovered!
    TKC 53 is on my iPod touch now :-)
    Im going to listen this evening, after we reached a small town near Venray (Netherlands) where we will stay for a few days.

    THANKS Len!

    Posted 26 Jul 2009 at 12:43 am
  2. Justin Gawronski wrote:

    Howdy, just wanted to let you know that the now infamous Justin Gawronski (me) has run into your website haha. Anyways, I just wanted to comment and appreciate what you wrote!

    Posted 27 Jul 2009 at 9:09 am
  3. Errol wrote:

    I’m glad to discover that the Mike Elgan interview was saved. I’ve just downloaded the podcast from iTunes and will listen to it after this post.

    Great podcast Len, been a listener since the beginning and have never missed a week.

    Posted 27 Jul 2009 at 11:06 am
  4. Steve @SCMProfessor wrote:

    Thanks for the mention about the macro I wrote. You and I had tweeted about it before, and you expressed concern that it was only Windows Word compatible. I have looked into it, and there is no easy way (read: no way) to make it work with the Mac version of Word.

    I have several friends at Penn State that ARE working to convert it into an Adobe Air app, which when done will expand the feature set, to include creating documents in various formats (txt, doc, pdf) based on the notes and highlights. Hopefully that will be coming “real soon now” as it is part of their group learning initiative.

    Cheers.

    Steve

    Posted 27 Jul 2009 at 1:55 pm
  5. Andrys wrote:

    Hey, Justin

    Glad you found this.

    I saw the follow-up in the NY Times yesterday. Good to see you again.

    – Andrys

    Posted 27 Jul 2009 at 7:54 pm
  6. Ken Kennedy wrote:

    I’ve now found the site as well, so the gang’s all here. *grin* Look forward to hearing tonight’s podcast…I’m going to go add your feed to my podcatcher now. A Kindlecast sounds right up my alley!

    Posted 31 Jul 2009 at 1:47 pm
  7. Errol wrote:

    Legendary interview. Len, at some point in the future you must interview Mike Elgan again. I love to hear what this guy has to say. Keep up the excellent work.

    Posted 31 Jul 2009 at 2:49 pm
  8. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Errol, thanks! I fully intend to return to Mike Elgan on a regular cycle. I haven’t quite figured out why he’s so energizing and enlightening to listen to. Partly I think it’s because he’s usually right, but time will tell about that. In addition, he has a calm, thoughful optimism to his approach to technology, not just the Kindle.

    Posted 31 Jul 2009 at 4:24 pm

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