TKC 81 James McQuivey

News – Amazon says it will have to capitulate to Macmillan, but when? Five days after its notice of capitulation, at least two best-selling Macmillan books still have no Buy buttons at Amazon.

UPDATE: Just after recording the episode, I checked Amazon for Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, and it’s now available in hardcover for $13.46.  No Kindle edition at any price. Brad Stone and Motoko Rich break the story in Bits.

Forrester’s James McQuivey says that by capitulating Amazon actually wins in the short term and long term.  Dave Slusher of Evil Genius Chronicles echoes a twitterer’s question — “How does increased competition (Apple’s iBooks to Amazon) result in higher prices to consumers?” — and adds, “That, sir, is an excellent question and one worth thinking about.”  Or do Amazon simply look like fools?

News item #2: Amazon reportedly buys a touchscreen maker.

News item #3: 93 percent of these eReader owners are very or somewhat satisfied with their devices.

Tech tip – Via Andrys Basten’s Kindleworld, Steve Brady (aka The Professor) creates a Word macro (Windows only) that might bring some order to your My Clippings file.  To see your highlights and notes online, click here.

Interview – This is the conclusion of my conversation on February 1, 2010, with James McQuivey, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, where he covers media technology. In this part, James describes what his Forrester associates are calling “The Kindle Flame.”  That’s the next version of Kindle, the one that will really get the fire going. Click here for the first half of the interview at The Reading Edge.

ContentInstapaper just keeps getting better for Kindle users.

Your comments – Lots more discussion of the Apple iPad, and a way for authors to autograph Kindles!

HOW TO WIN A KINDLE AND ACCESSORY – Click here to check out out my new Facebook “Reading Edge” page. If you become a fan, you will automatically be entered to win a brand new 6-inch Kindle and one accessory from Octovo.  The drawing will at noon on April 1, 2010. Thanks to Elle Moran and Octovo for sponsoring this contest!

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Comments 5

  1. Andrys wrote:

    Really interesting interview and I love that there is now the podcast to discuss all the e-readers.

    That WORD macro for the Kindle’s My Clippings file is definiitely useful.
    I wish a Mac version were available.

    For those unfamiliar with the Kindle file system and the ‘My Clippings’ file’s place in it, including how highlighting and notes are recorded (in three places), I have an added blog entry which is expanded from a Q&A in the comments area.

    That’s at

    Posted 05 Feb 2010 at 10:39 pm
  2. Sue Beebe wrote:

    I am very disappointed with Amazon’s lack of support for Kindle owners who live out of the ATT coverage areas. I want to order a new Kindle global, only to find that I do not have coverage for it. I tried to order a Kindle 2, US, refurbished, only to find that Amazon, didn’t have any more. I feel that Amazon should make an effort to use all 3G coverage and not exclusively ATT, so that all customers can be covered.

    Posted 06 Feb 2010 at 2:32 pm
  3. Tim Ingram wrote:

    I have a kindle 2 that I just received from them 2 weeks ago I would be willing to sell. It was a replacement for one in warranty.
    Just email me if want it because I could use either one.

    Posted 08 Feb 2010 at 8:52 am
  4. Flatland wrote:

    I’ve posted a fairly thorough tutorial on using Instapaper with your Kindle:

    Posted 09 Feb 2010 at 9:59 am
  5. Chris Westergaard wrote:

    Thanks for mentioning Instapaper as your tech tip this week. I try to recommend the service to all people, Kindlers or not. When Marco (the developer of Instapaper) first updated the Kindle feature with a downloadable version to complement the email version, I thought the improvements were impressive. The improvements in graphics and photos added to text were good enough, but I actually emailed him asking for the article chapter marks as well. He responded back immediately, remarking that he was trying to get those added, and lo and behold, here we are. It’s just my favorite way to save and read long articles that I find from my RSS feeds, I feel like I’m creating a personalized news magazine.
    I did also purchase his iPhone Pro app as well, just to help support him and the development of the product. It’s got some amazing features as well.
    Thanks, and keep up the amazing work!

    Posted 10 Feb 2010 at 8:39 pm

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