TKC 58 Bufo Calvin

Bufo Calvin 2News – Sony announces its Daily Edition model, available sometime in December.  Why “Is it a Kindle Killer?” is the wrong question, according to Scott D. Anthony in a Harvard Business Publishing piece.  The DE will have a cool connection to public libraries via OverDrive. A new rumor has it that the Kindle is coming to Europe next week as soon as the end of this show in Berlin. (Stephen Windwalker‘s eagle eye leads him to be skeptical of the rumor.)  In fallout from Amazon’s Orwell Problem, the company slows down its process for reviewing new content on the Digital Text Platform, and MobileReference tells its side of the story about the offending copy of 1984.

Tech Tip – Andrys Basten shows how the free program Calibre enables you to use  your Kindle for quick access to Google’s trove of public domain content in the EPUB format.

Interview – Bufo Calvin, a prolific and much-loved poster at the Amazon Kindle forum, talks about the most frequently asked questions, what he’d like to see in the next Kindle, and more.  His Kindle books include Free Books for Your Kindle. He also makes some news on the podcast by announcing the launch of his brand new blog, I Love My Kindle.  As a separate tidbit from the interview, click here for a recitation of his highly original work in the style of a fable for children, “The Happy Little Bookworm.”

Content – Jon Stewart gets off a good Kindle joke while interviewing Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America. Stewart mocks this version of the book. Click here for the version that costs half as much and uses a lot fewer trees.

Comments – Mary Hundle tells a success story using Zoolert. Bufo Calvin on the Kindle 2 and DX screensaver hacks (you can click here for the Amazon Customer Service statement that they won’t void warranty), and Bob Lee on an entertaining review of the Kindle in Scientific American.

Note: Thanks to all of you who have given a “thumbs up” to my panel proposal for South by Southwest in Austin next year!  If you would like to help me out, please click here to vote for my “Taming the Kindle” proposal.  This will increase my chances of getting chosen to present the panel.  You’ll have to create a SxSW username and password, but you don’t have to plan to attend the event in order to vote. Thanks!

You can click here for details of my drama in the waves sent to Ocean Park, Maine, by Hurricane Bill.

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Comments 6

  1. Mario wrote:

    Les, I just finished listening to the podcast: great show. Your interview with Bufo Calvin was interesting and very enjoyable to listen to.
    I’m glad I found your show.
    You got my vote for the SSX convention.

    Posted 29 Aug 2009 at 2:28 pm
  2. Lynn Godkin wrote:

    First, thank you very much for your blog. I listen (through ITunes) every Friday on my IPod.

    Concerning Bufo’s comments about the blind reading the DX in college. As a university professor I have long had a problem using DVDs in my classes where the deaf are enrolled. Many teacing DVDs have closed caption, but most do not. I can use those only when hearing students are enrolled.

    As well, students who are reading the closed caption can’t always follow the videos at the same time.

    I would be interested in more information about how Kindle can be adapted to the sight impaired. The deaf, however, are winners. They might have been mentioned by Befo.

    Keep up the great work!

    Lynn Godkin

    Posted 29 Aug 2009 at 5:02 pm
  3. Pat wrote:

    Hey Len.

    You made a comment, in passing, that you use your Kindle2 more often than your DX. I’d be interested in why.

    You got my vote at SXS. I only listen to 2 podcasts and I always enjoy yours so much. Thanks for all the effort you invest for us.


    Posted 30 Aug 2009 at 2:55 am
  4. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Pat, I do find I use my Kindle 2 much more than the DX, because of the form factor. I don’t have a lot of reasons to use PDF files in my normal work, so the native PDF capability on the DX is not that big an advantage for me. I love the soft leather cover that I splurged to buy for my K2 – every time I touch it, I enjoy the feel of it. When I do use the DX, mainly to try things out for the podcast, I realize its display has better contrast and readability. But its size and weight put me off and make me feel as if I still work at a corporation, instead of living this good hardworking retired life as a family guy, podcaster, traveler, and gadget hound.

    Posted 30 Aug 2009 at 3:04 am
  5. Mark wrote:

    I noted an interesting feature/defect in the Kindle edition of “Wilderness Warrior.” As with most biographies there are a large number of footnotes in this book. Unfortunately the footnotes in the text are not hyperlinked to the footnotes (as they are in the other kindle format titles I’ve read), and the footnotes at the end of the kindle format edition are not numbered — as a result it is near impossible to tie a footnote to the spot in the text where it is referenced.

    Posted 06 Sep 2009 at 2:22 pm
  6. Bob Zimmerman wrote:

    Speaking of problems with receiving blogs on the Kindle, I had so much trouble with the “NY Times Latest News” I canceled it. And just this week I stopped receiving the ILMK blog. A restart seemed to fix it. We’ll see. I have also cleared cookies/cache as suggested yesterday.

    Posted 23 Dec 2009 at 7:05 am

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