TKC 62 Brad Stone

Brad Stone 2News – 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.

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Comments 4

  1. Jeffry Nimeroff wrote:

    I love the innocuous statement about Engadget not being impressed when the article clearly says they “don’t know how to feel.”

    At least try to have some integrity.

    Posted 29 Sep 2009 at 9:59 am
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Jeffry, I may have been flip in characterizing the Engadget first look post in my show notes text. But the following quote from their post still leaves me feeling that “is not impressed” is not completely shy of the mark: “the interface is totally minimal and a little nonsensical without the stylus. A bar on the left side gives you a “tactile” method of pushing right or left to turn the page, but it feels pretty janky.” Still, I appreciate your making the effort to keep my feet to the fire, since I aim to be a fair source of information, even though this podcast has, from the start, had an obvious orientation and enthusiasm for one specific eReader. I will try to do better….

    Posted 29 Sep 2009 at 10:31 am
  3. Stephanie Bowe wrote:

    I appreciate that you mentioned how formatting issues disrupt your reading. This has happened to me. I have found several instances of no spaces between words, of line duplication, and of having an entire line skipped between every paragraph (this means I have to hit the next page button a lot). I almost feel like the publishing industry doesn’t care as much about e-books, they focus on the paper and just throw a kindle version together without much oversight. This isn’t amazon’s responsibility. Should we contact a publishing house each time there is a formatting mistake found? Wouldn’t they be able to fix it for all future downloads or could they update everyone’s copy?

    Posted 07 Oct 2009 at 5:49 pm
  4. Ron wrote:

    Interesting. ‘Pending lawsuit’ against Kindlicious commercial creator Angela Kohler. See COMMENT:

    Posted 11 Dec 2009 at 6:09 pm