TKC 56 Steve Shank

Steve Shank and granddaughterDATE CORRECTION – In the audio I say it’s October 14 instead of August 14.  Must have been a touch of fall in the air yesterday….

News – Sony announces (and the New York Times scoops) plans to convert Sony’s eBook store to the EPUB format by the end of the year. More coverage here , here, and here. Abhi says “wow,” Paul Biba says, “fantastic,” and David Rothman chides the Times for underplaying the DRM part of the story. Will Amazon hop on the EPUB bandwagon? Also, via Andrys Basten, news of a generous couple’s donation of 10 Kindles for an experiment at the Belmont, Mass., public library.

Tech Tip – How to buy and feed a Kindle if you don’t live in the U.S.  You might check out the “Using Kindle Outside North America” thread on the Amazon forum, as well as several links offered by a listener.  Also, Len Charnoff has done a helpful tutorial video inspired by last week’s tech tip on Zoolert.

Interview – Steve Shank of Arizona is a Kindle fan with 35 years of experience introducing new technology, dating back to his days as an early employee of Apple.

Content – Stephen Windwalker’s useful new Kindle guide, Free: How to Get Millions of Free Books, Songs, Podcasts, Periodicals and Free eMail, Facebook, Twitter and Wireless Web with your Amazon Kindle, contains a way to download well-formated Project Gutenberg titles directly to your Kindle, using “Magic Catalog.”  Steve is offering free chapters here.

Comments – Peggy Poellot, Dan Meyers, Larry Goss, and Charles Tay on last week’s Nicholson Baker’s interview, a hack to change the Kindle’s fonts, Len Charnoff’s poignant tale of The Family Kindle, and comments on the Podcamp Boston 4 session.

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Comments 4

  1. Pat Hawn wrote:

    Did you say “October”? Did I sleep too much? Love your show…keep up the good work. Never miss an episode!

    Posted 15 Aug 2009 at 8:33 am
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Pat, thanks for the correction!

    Posted 15 Aug 2009 at 6:02 pm
  3. Steve Gold wrote:

    Hi Len,

    The Kindle has left the techy world. Today, Sunday, August 16, on Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld’s Fox News Channel show “Sunday Housecall” he referenced it in a segment about proper weight limits in childrens’ book bags.

    He opened the segment with words to the effect that wouldn’t it be great if every kid had a Kindle.

    My wife and I have vacationed several times over the years in Ogunquit, Pemaquid Point and Bar Harbor. Your steadfastness in delivering your weekly podcasts rather than taking a sabbatical to enjoy the delights of a summer month on the coast of Maine is admirable and appreciated, I’m sure, by all your faithful regular podcast listeners among whom I count myself.

    Best regards,

    Steve Gold

    Posted 16 Aug 2009 at 5:24 pm
  4. John Zielke wrote:

    Hi Len,

    Love the podcast I have only been listening since I purchased the Kindle DX in June, I have found it very interesting…

    Thought I would let you know I am not such a great Kindle typist so I decided to take one of your links and make it more friendlier for the kindle.. Instead of typing the following just type

    Or, type the following to preview the link first.

    Love the show…

    I have found the kindle chronicles very interesting… Keep up the great work.

    John Zielke
    Fallon, Nevada

    Posted 21 Aug 2009 at 11:44 am