TKC 57 Michael Seringhaus

Seringhaus-300News An analyst named Jim Friedland offers bullish Kindle sales estimates, and Steven Windwalker has more via TeleRead.  Also, Rupert Murdoch gets his way. Click here for reaction on Amazon forum.

Tech Tip – From Bufo Calvin’s Frequently Asked Questions, a hidden Kindle DX game of Gomoku. Also, via Andrei Pushkin’s blog kindle and clarknova of the MobileRead forum, I install the hack for relief from the monotony of my Kindle 2’s default screensavers.  You can find similar hacks via Andrei’s blog for customizing the screensavers on the Kindle 1 and DX.

InterviewMichael Seringhaus , a 3rd-year student at Yale Law School, opines in The Hartford Courant on what he feels are serious drawbacks for readers in the Kindle’s Terms of Use.  His lengthy scholarly article on the topic is scheduled to appear around the end of the year in the Yale Journal of Law and Technology. (Thanks to listener Paul Levin for emailing me Michael’s column in the Courant.)

Content – Via Andrys Basten and Jeffrey Trachtenberg in the Wall Street Journal‘s Speakeasy – Amazon maintains $9.99 as the price for Dan Brown’s next blockbuster, The Lost Symbol – but will the same be true of Stephen King’s next big novel, due out in November?

Comments – A question from Omaha about the CyberPad and an audio excerpt from Stephen Windwalker’s latest Kindle guide, Free,  with a tip on how best to listen to this podcast or any other on your Kindle.  Also, a Kindle meetup in Portland, Maine, with Leslie Nicoll of KindleBoards.

Note: I could use your support for my “Taming the Kindle” panel proposal for South by Southwest Interactive 2010.  Stephen Windwalker kindly posted this pitch and info on how to vote for my proposal using the PanelPicker.  If you want to go directly to the PanelPicker to offer a thumbs up, click here.  It also helps if you can take the time to leave a comment on my PanelPicker page. Thanks!

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  1. thorn wrote:

    i agree with mr. seringhaus, that all of the messing around one might potentially have to do with drm-protected, kindle-specific books might make amazon’s kindle editions ‘value subtracted’, compared to other e-books. i’m experiencing that in some measure now, just because i *know* that i have a lot of excellent-quality, entertaining, *completely free* material on my kindle that i can easily re-download any old time i decide to move to a different device; whereas with kindle editions, i’m paying for the privilege of eventually not being able to read my stuff. that irony is not lost on me at all.

    so i buy comparatively few kindle titles from amazon. i simply don’t want a bunch of purchases to become inaccessible before i get around to reading them; so i buy as i read. i sure don’t download as i read, though. i’ve downloaded a *huge* amount of free content. in fact, i read a pile of free texts before i even cracked the second book i purchased from amazon.

    if i could be assured that i wouldn’t be flagged as a thief (or license agreement violator) down the road for trying to read my own paid content, i would not hesitate to ‘overbuy’, as i’ve been doing for decades with print. but until then, i’m happy to buy kindle editions at my current book-completion rate. i still think that kindle has the most of what i personally need in an electronic reader. but the technology’s too young for me to become too brand-loyal too soon.

    Posted 25 Aug 2009 at 7:37 pm

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