TKC 72 Sarah Rotman Epps

News – 1) Inkmesh analyzes 11,604 eBook titles and finds that Amazon is the clear winner in lowest prices, with Barnes & Noble a distant second and Sony “doesn’t even seem to be trying.” 2) no nook yet – my nice email from William Lynch, president of Barnes& . 3) Amazon reports that November was the best ever for Kindle sales. Sandeep Aggarwal of Collins Stewart comes up with a weirdly low estimate of 500,000 for total Kindle sales in 2009.  Sarah Rotman Epps is a lot closer to reality, I’d wager, at 1.8 million Kindle sales in ’09.  4) A fun David Pogue video on eBooks and a more substantive comparison of leading eReaders by his paper.

Tech Tip – Bruce Bouchard helps me find an old French dictionary and a Spanish-English dictionary as well as a 1913 Webster’s Unabridged and a very big Collaborative International Dictionary of English, courtesy of the MobileRead forum. These can all be made your primary Kindle dictionary. Another one I liked enough to pay money for: the Merriam-Webster French to English Translation Dictionary.  My dream English dictionary is not yet available for Kindle, but one day…

Interview (Begins at 17:00) – In a telephone interview on November 29, 2009,  Forrester Research’s eBook/eReader sage, Sarah Rotman Epps, talks about what’s ahead for the Kindle, the Nook, the looming Apple tablet, and much else.  Additional coverage of Sarah’s forecasts here.

Content – Opening this court file on my Kindle and DX in PDF and converted-to-Kindle formats.

Comments – Ann Miner’s link to Seattle Channel interview by Nancy Pearl with Paul Collins that wandered into a Kindle discussion at about 22 minutes (iTunes podcast link); Craig Scarberry’s recommendation of the excellent Books on the Nightstand podcast; Jean Remple on OCTO covers (more on covers here and here); Ann Miner with a good idea for Amazon; Marcy MacKenzie on a meetup with Bob Cope; an Amazon PR spokesman confirms the Facebook post stating that “a better way to organize your Kindle libraries” is coming; Jim Jones links to the Cushing Academy of Canada-Sony Reader style; Tom Lichty links to a charming coming-of-Kindle-age column by Margie Boulé in The Oregonian; Kevin Warner, a new Kindle owner from Down Under; Len Charnoff’s tutorial video on Inkmesh; audio comments from Pastor Mark Pierce of Church Requel and Bob Lee.

Next Week – Let’s try this again: Brent Evans of GeekTonic is scheduled to join me for first impressions of our yet-to-be shipped nooks.

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Comments 6

  1. Al MacDiarmid wrote:

    I suspect that the ..better way to organize your Kindle libraries.. is going to be through the EXIF headers in the book’s file structure. It already sorts by author or title by this. If Amazon has come up with some method of adding tags to the EXIF on a DRM document, then allow us to search on those tags, it would solve the organization problem, but it will not be folders because that is outside the EXIF structure. I would be happier with tags than folders because files can be assigned to only one folder at a time whereas it can have as many tags as desired. Right now we can change the EXIF headers on non-DRM files using Calibre. We can change an ..unknown.. author to the actual name and it should display and sort properly in the home page. I will have to try that to make sure as I have not done that yet. I tried on a DRM file and of course that didn’t work. (For some reason this box will not accept a quotes input, thus the ..)

    Posted 05 Dec 2009 at 5:31 am
  2. Al MacDiarmid wrote:

    Did I hear you say that Ellen gave away nooks to her audience? Lots of comments to say that she gave away certificates to get them when they get delivered.

    Posted 05 Dec 2009 at 11:30 am
  3. Al MacDiarmid wrote:

    Len – I just changed an author in Calibre and sent it to the Kindle. It showed up with the change. Great for those books that show up with my name when all I did was send it for conversion. Once again, cannot do that with DRM books.

    Posted 05 Dec 2009 at 1:14 pm
  4. Chris Westergaard wrote:

    Len – I loved the interview this week. Ms. Epps’ thoughts about the nook release match my own opinion, and the talking points I’ve been sharing with my friends. They come to me as the e-reader expert, only because I’m the only one in our group who actually owns one.
    I did get a chance to see a PDF loaded natively onto a K2, and I wasn’t impressed. I really like having the bigger screen on my DX for reading that format. I suspect Amazon feels the same way, and only upgraded the K2 firmware to match the features of the nook. It’ll work in a pinch, but if that’s your bread and butter, I’d still recommend a DX.
    Looking forward to hearing your nook unboxing next week.

    Posted 05 Dec 2009 at 11:15 pm
  5. thorn wrote:

    Nancy Pearl also has a book review show on Seattle Public Radio that is accessible as a podcast. She’s great, and very smart. Not at all about the electronic reading — but very good on book content, generally. Warning, though. Listening to her will have you buying more books. She wrote “Book Lust,” is featured regularly on NPR, and if you become a real fan, I believe the Librarian Action Figure may still be available from Archie McPhee.


    Posted 07 Dec 2009 at 2:10 pm
  6. Mary wrote:

    Please, Amazon, don’t give the Kindle something else to do. Ms Epps suggested apps for the Kindle. The Kindle is a READER. I am not looking for things to distract me when I’m reading. Have you ever wished for a game or other distraction to be attached to one of your print books? Of course not. I expect the Apple tablet to be a multipurpose device but I do not need the Kindle to be one.

    Posted 09 Dec 2009 at 2:27 pm