TKC 68 Karen Oland

Books on Knob thumbNews - More information, via FierceWireless, on Amazon’s parting from Sprint for Kindle wireless coverage (except for the DX), and Andrei Pushkin’s reasoning on why we probably won’t be seeing new wirelessly transmitted Kindle firmware updates any time soon.

Tech Tip – Via listener Mike Detlefsen, a handy way to find out at Amazon when a book was published, and an additional resource for similar information, Fantastic Fiction. Also, Andrei Pushkin updates his Unicode Font Hack for the Kindle International, and Al MacDiarmid turns me on to a font-enlarging hack from Ted Inoue.

Interview - Karen Oland of Books on the Knob highlights some non-Amazon sources for Kindle content, including Baen Books, Fictionwise, and Smashwords. Click here to subscribe to Karen’s blog on your Kindle.

ContentSudoko for your Kindle from MobileReference, and a Kindle crossword puzzle from Puzux, the first company to bring quality interactive content to Amazon’s Kindle.” For a look at what these offerings may foretell, I’m singing, “What’s it all about, Abhi?”

Comments – Steve Shank, Rick Askenase, Will DeLamater with a question from the Kindle Educators Group, Jim Jones, and Mike Detlefsen.  Also worth checking out: Will DeLamater’s thoughts on last week’s interview with Michael Koenig of the Darden School of Business.

Cambridge Meetup Scheduled – Please email me at PodChronicles AT Gmail if you can attend a Kindle Chronicles meetup Wednesday, November 11, at 2 p.m., probably at Darwins Ltd. in Cambridge, at 148 Mt. Auburn St.

Next week’s guest: I’m working on final scheduling for an interview with James Fallows, senior correspondent at The Atlantic and an insightful Kindle owner and observer.

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Comments 4

  1. Al MacDiarmid wrote:

    In addition to the places mentioned by Karen in the interview, http://www.feedbooks.com has a catalog that can be put onto the Kindle which is just a bunch of links to all their books. Clicking on the link downloads the book to your Kindle. Of course you can also access the web site from your computer, which I find easier, and install them from there. All are DRM free and cost free as well. I read 23 of the 24 “Tarzan of the Apes” books using that site. I have also read all the books on http://www.stevejordanbooks.com. He has bundled prices as well as singles, highest cost is $3.50 and the bundles are lower by the book. Also DRM free. Baen has not only Sci-Fi and Fantasy but also Alt History. My introduction to e-book reading was via the free book by Eric Flint, “1632”. I read it on my Palm T|X before I got a Kindle, in June of 2005.

    On another note, note that the spelling on the graphic on your show notes spells the game Sudoku. In Japanese the last U is almost silent. Thus in Hiragana my name has only 5 letters, “ma ka dai ma du” If you say that and make the last u nearly silent, then it sounds quite close to my name.

    On the note about not having any updates or mods for folders, there is no reason why they cannot have a download from Amazon to install them ourselves. Everybody who wants folders is able to download and install a legal binary file, or better yet wrap it into an exe or dmg file. They avoid the whispernet charges and we get the feature. This is not rocket science, or even computer science, except on Amazon’s end.

    Al in Bardstown, KY

    Posted 06 Nov 2009 at 1:17 pm
  2. Vern Elmore wrote:

    The font-enlarging hack for K2 is great. We have done two K2’s here. My in-laws have a K1. Is there a similar hack for the K1?

    Keep up the good work on the podcast. It’s very helpful.

    Vern Elmore
    Escondido, CA

    Posted 07 Nov 2009 at 9:09 pm
  3. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Vern, I just checked Ted Inoue’s site, and I don’t see a similar font hack for the Kindle 1. Sorry!

    Posted 08 Nov 2009 at 4:51 pm
  4. thorn wrote:

    i did my own kindle ‘educational experiment’ spring semester 2009. i began that semester using my ipod touch with ‘evernote’ for class readings; switched to using kindle 2 for class readings when that arrived for those articles that would convert (otherwise, it was back to ipod). i quickly learned which pdf’s would and would not convert. i committed to that learning curve ‘out of the gate’, because i have lived through an entire graduate degree and 9 years of professional life trying to figure out *how to avoid printing*, while keeping my reading load light and portable. i can’t possibly be the only person who has reached a point of hyperventilating at the thought of printing pdf’s, reading the stuff on 8-1/2 x 11, and then having to decide what to do with it afterward.

    using my kindle for those course readings changed my academic life, as well as my reading life in general, because it was suddenly easy to do class work anytime i had to wait for anything. no more curly-cornered, wrinkled, coffee-stained printer paper with smudged inkjet toner. and if i happened to finish a weeks’ reading, say, mid-commute on Thursday afternoon, i always had a novel i could move back into. because it was my kindle. i had an entire *bookcase* with me. except it was a little different: how many bookcases house 15-30 page articles as tidily as they house bound books, without all kinds of added stuff (sheet protectors, D-ring binders, etc.)? as a result, i got all of my class reading done in plenty of time, and read 4 novels in addition.

    i’d predict that once the access and compatibility issues have been simplified for academic kindle users, anyone who has spent their life printing pdf’s or html articles will heave the enormous, relieved sigh of the newly unburdened when they realize they no longer have to stand by the printer hoping that the paper and toner hold out ‘for just these last few pages’. (hint: give it up. it never really does, right? especially if the printout is important and time-sensitive.)

    for a while after i changed my own practice, it was hard to get used to how simple it was. i kept feeling like i was forgetting to do something important.

    Posted 10 Nov 2009 at 8:06 pm

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