Monthly Archives September 2009

TKC 62 Brad Stone

News – iRex Technologies teams up with Best Buy and Verizon to form the newest challenge to the Kindle’s dominance of eBooks. Engadget gets its hands on an iRex DR800SG and is not impressed. Other smart commentary here and here. Meanwhile, Amazon announces the winner of its Your Amazon Ad Contest. Click here to watch the whimsical “Kindlicious” video that won $20,000 in Amazon gift cards for Angela Kohler.

Tech Tip – Another handy little keyboard gem from Andrys Basten of Kindle World.

Interview – Brad Stone, technology reporter in The New York Times’s San Francisco bureau, talks about secrecy at Apple and Amazon, Dan Brown, a Kindle developer apps store, and the brilliant description his 22-year-old daughter had of his Kindle recently.

Content – Jan Zlendich of Kindle Reader highlights a promising list of new historical fiction titles for the Kindle.

Comments – Mary McManus on True Compass, Al MacDiarmid on Adrienne Cousins’s cool set of web links for the Kindle, and Len Charnoff on the mysterious 2.0.3 firmware update to the Kindle 2.

TKC Mobile Extra – Belmont Library

Mobile version of September 16, 2009 tour of the Belmont Public Library’s Kindle downloading process.

TKC Video Extra – Belmont Library

Here’s what the process is like for checking out one of the 10 Kindles available at the Belmont, Mass., Public Library. Filmed on September 16, 2009.

TKC 61 Maureen Connors & Emily Smith

News – Stephen Windwalker’s prediction that the new Dan Brown blockbuster would sell more Kindle copies than print on the Amazon Store looked like an eerie foretelling this week. Motoko Rich of the New York Times asks if this is the second coming of eBooks. Also, Google’s cool new Fast Flip is described as “Google’s Kindle” by the Motley Fool and as the “Latest Attack on Amazon Kindle” by Silicon Alley Insider. And don’t forget you can now buy a refurbished Kindle 2 for only $219.

Tech Tip – Thanks to Bufo Calvin for last week’s tech tip. And to Andrys Basten for an amplification that will help save you key strokes.

Interview – Maureen Connors, left in photo, is director of the Belmont, Mass., Public Library. She and Emily Smith, technology librarian, told me all about their impressive Kindle experiment on a visit I made to the library on Sept. 16.

Content – It felt like Santa coming down the chimney Monday night when Amazon delivered my copy of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol overnight. And it’s an ironic week for Stephen Windwalker to promote the new paperback edition of his essential The Complete User’s Guide to the Amazing Kindle 2.

Comments – Jim Jones, Len Charnoff, Paul Levin, Allen MacDiarmid, Dorian Nisinson, Rick Askenase on the return of MobileReference to the Kindle Store, John C. Adamson, and Delores Martin.

TKC Extra – Cushing Academy Library

After my interview with Dr. James Tracy, headmaster of Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass., I learned about details of the school’s new high-tech library. Bruce Lemieux, Director of Technology, and Susie Carlisle, Dean of Faculty and Admissions, described a mockup of the library. After that, we walked down a level in the main building of the school to the library itself.

TKC 60 Dr. James Tracy

News – Ted Kennedy’s memoir, True Compass, will not be issued in eBook format when the hardcover is released.

Tech Tip – a good way to save a few keystrokes when you are looking for things on your Kindle 2 or DX.

Interview – Dr. James Tracy, headmaster of Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass., describes his secondary school’s commitment to 21st Century education and how it led naturally to a radical move to a nearly all-digital school library.

Content – Stephen Windwalker has a list of five books you can buy for your Kindle almost for free.

TKC 59 Abhi

News – Amazon makes amends to those whose copies of 1984 were removed from Kindles in a copyright snafu. No word yet on whether this rumor of a Kindle launch in Europe will turn out to be true. Tech Tips – New firmware is apparently out for the Kindle 2 and DX.  Click here for […]