News – Item 1: My telephone interview yesterday July 29 (audio incorrectly has it as “yesterday.”) with Justin D. Gawronski, a plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit filed against Amazon in the wake of the Orwell snafu. Comments on the lawsuit by Andrys Basten and Abhi. Item 2: Clues to what improvements may lie ahead for the Kindle, gleaned from an online Amazon survey. Item 3: Nicholson Baker pens a mainly unfavorable review of the Kindle in this week’s edition of The New Yorker. Click here for his five books at the Kindle Store. Click here for the book that finally made his Kindle disappear, just like Jeff Bezos promised.
Tech Tips – Courtesy of Larry Goss, how to do math on your Kindle 1 or 2 and how to go directly to web links from a document on your Kindle home screen.
Interview – Amazon’s Kindle VP Ian Freed looks back on the first
618 days since the launch of the Kindle. He considers the elements of the Kindle’s “flow” state of reading. And he reveals that, although he and his team think about an international debut for the Kindle “all the time,” he can’t say it’s coming soon.
Kindle Content – How to find the best Anthony Trollope novels and then download this one from Project Gutenberg using the free GutenMark prettifier tool, courtesy of David Emberson’s excellent guide, The Kindle 2 Cookbook. Highly
recommended. The Kindle Quote this week is the conclusion of Nicholson Baker’s “A New Page: Can the Kindle Really Improve on the Book?” in the August 3 edition of The New Yorker.
Comments - Paul Levin worries about Kindle bashing. Suzanne Levin (I think they’re related) of the Chick with Books blog gets her happy hands on a DX. Jesslyn Hendrix reports on a major upgrade to Kovid Goyal’s free eBook library program, Calibre. Mary McManus lusts for the rumored Apple tablet especially if it will include a Pixel Qi screen. An audio commenter from Oregon urges you to consider asking for a price rebate on the Kindle 2 even if you bought one more than a month before Amazon dropped the price by $60.
Next week’s guest? - With help from my contact at The New Yorker, I am inviting Nicholson Baker for an interview. I hope he accepts, because I’ve admired his writing for a long time, and I’d like to learn if he’s still reading his Kindle after finishing work on the review heard round the Kindlesphere.