TKC 74 Eric Engleman

Eric Engleman thumbNews – The Kindle iPhone and iPod Touch app 1.3 now works in more than 60 countries.  Via the New York Times, Stephen Covey — not Stephen King — makes the e-deal heard round the publishing world. Anne Rice wonders if it’s a good idea. The nook is rooted, the nook is rooted! Audio interview with Robbie Trencheny, the California high school student who started NookDevsClick here to follow him on Twitter.  Mr. and Mrs. GeekTonic post their must-read reviews of the nook.

Tech Tip – Len’s 2Doo list 2.o, with help from Larry Goss.  Also, your host proves to be a dim bulb in the case of a Mighty Bright clip-on light that wasn’t getting the nightime job done.

InterviewEric Engleman, senior technology staff writer at TechFlash, pretty much covers just one company – Amazon. That gives him a lot of time for hard work and the development of  good sources, which gives him unusual insight into what’s ahead for the Kindle and its competitors.  We spoke by Skype/landline on December 15, 2009.

Content – Via Bufo Calvin’s blog, I learn that Barnes & Noble’s Fictionwise has a Kindle store!

Comments – Esmeralda deTrafford’s downloading woes down under, Bruce Bouchard on Babylon Dictionary software, Vern Elmore on eBeam, Ted Inoue on Kindle version 2.3 fonts (The one I use for a slightly darker and larger font on my Kindle-US is named update_CModBold_K2iv23.bin), Craig Findlay’s net additional cost in the U.K. to upgrade from a Sony PRS505 to a Kindle International is only 20 pounds sterling – thanks to eBay, Alex Bowman looks forward to the next TKC meetup, Craig Scarberry on Cory Doctorow, Al MacDiarmid’s trouble updating to 2.3, Peggy Poellot speaking up on behalf of the original Kindle, Blair Savin’s sunlight 2.3 problem, and Richard Fischer on the Magic Catalog of Project Gutenberg.

Next Week: Will TKC’s staff succeed in their (actually, her) reasonable request for just one week off a year to celebrate Christmas?  Stay tuned….

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  1. Greg wrote:

    Hi Len,
    Thanks for your work on Kindle Chronicles. After getting my wife a Kindle2 for her birthday in July (at her request, surprisingly) I liked it so much I asked for one for my birthday in September. I have since found your podcast and enjoy it each week. The tip on the Calibre program is much appreciated–it’s almost like itunes for your Kindle.
    Regarding the screen resolution question: I upgraded manually to Version 2.3 several weeks ago for the PDF handling update. (I’m experimenting with the usefulness of the Kindle for work.) This wasn’t an issue for my wife, so I left her’s at Version 2.0.3.
    After listening to this week’s podcast I was curious and decided to do a side-by-side comparison to see if there is any difference in the screen resolution. I expected there really wasn’t, so was surprised by the comparison results.
    I set both Kindles to the Settings page for the comparison.
    Version 2.3 has a lighter background color than Version 2.0.3. The type on Version 2.3 also seems slightly bolder. The result is Version 2.0.3 almost looks like it’s in a slight fog in comparison to Version 2.3.
    After seeing the difference, I will probably now upgrade my wife’s Kindle just for the better resolution.
    Hope this helps,
    Happy Holidays,
    Keep up the good work.
    Greg in California

    Posted 19 Dec 2009 at 11:43 am
  2. ereaderuniverse wrote:

    Come join our e-book reader community !

    Posted 23 Dec 2009 at 12:02 pm

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