TKC 83 Stephen Windwalker

Photo by Betty Scharf

News – Amazon releases the Kindle for BlackBerry app.  Lance Ulanoff worries about the screen size.  Motoko Rich of The New York Times gets a scoop: Perhaps rumors of Apple’s opposition to discounted prices for bestsellers was a tad exaggerated?

Tech Tip – How NOT to uninstall your screensaver and fonts apps in order to update your Kindle 2 to the new 2.3.3 .  I make some errors and am rescued by a member of KindleBoards, who pointed me to this folder of up-to-date tools for installing and uninstalling hacks. Thank you, Heather!

Interview – Stephen Windwalker’s Kindle Nation is the third-bestselling blog at the Kindle Store.  He’s also just released a new, comprehensive survey of Kindle Nation citizens, which has information the major publishers AND Amazon ought to be paying attention to.  I interviewed Steve in person on Feburary 17, 2010, in Arlington, Mass.

Content – EduKindle creator Will DeLamater is beta-testing a new tool for creating content for the Kindle with Wikipedia and other sources. It’s named eReadUps and you can submit a request to become a beta tester.  Nice!

Comments – Richard Fischer, Heather Hollick, Marie Sotiriou with a podcast recommendation, Maurice Lawles, Bob Anderson, Brian Rupert, Craig Scarberry, Sean, and Bruce Kessel.

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 6-inch Kindle and one accessory from Octovo.  The drawing will take place at noon Mountain Time on April 1, 2010. Thanks to Octovo for sponsoring this contest!

ONE MORE THING…. With this episode, I’m announcing that a fan of the podcasts on my Reading Edge Facebook page, Sergeant Andre B. Corbin, will be taking a complimentary Kindle and accessories with him when he deploys for active duty with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan next month, courtesy of M-Edge Accessories.  I saw that Andre had expressed the hope he’d win the Octovo drawing for the Kindle on April 1st (see above), so I contacted Patrick Mish, CEO of M-Edge Accessories, to see if his company might be interested in donating a Kindle and accessories for Andre.  Patrick quickly agreed, and they are working with Andre on the details, which I’ll have for you next week. Congratulations Andre, and thank you for your service!

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Comments 5

  1. Andrys wrote:

    I think Steve Jobs sprang surprise on his new partner(s) as they are just now negotiating these “inserts” into the Agreement… as whispered/leaded by people involved.

    Jobs probably re-thought the situation or had intended this in the beginning when roping in the publishers 🙂

    I had been thinking Amazon could just give $5 credits on $15 bestsellers and then what would the other stores do…

    Posted 19 Feb 2010 at 9:52 pm
  2. Andrys wrote:

    “whispered/leaked” 🙂

    Posted 19 Feb 2010 at 9:53 pm
  3. Rick Limpert wrote:

    This is a great idea. I have an old Sony Reader hat is collecting dust with many books on it that I’m sure a serviceman or woman would be able to put to good use. I’m sure others of us have Kindle 1’s in great working order that they might want to donate as well. There has to be a way to make sure these could get some use still. This is something to look into.

    Posted 20 Feb 2010 at 5:00 am
  4. Errol wrote:

    I was looking forward to the Stephen Windwalker interview, but I’m disappointed that Stephen Windwalker did not discuss how many copies his Kindle Guide sold in the run-up to Christmas 2009 and early 2010.

    Posted 20 Feb 2010 at 5:21 pm
  5. Ron - Cheap Kindles wrote:

    Thanks for the eReadUps reference.

    I’ve been using Kindlepedia (by e-book Architects too) and find it very useful. Now I tested eReadUps and I’m hooked. Its “search” feature and the ability to add multiple articles at the same time makes it a superior choice. Also, I understand eReadUps is the only tool that converts content to epub format, which is great for owners of the Sony reader as well.

    Posted 02 Aug 2010 at 2:57 am

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