Monthly Archives May 2010

TKC 97 J. A. Konrath

News – Item 1: CEO Jeff Bezos made some illuminating comments about the Kindle at the company’s annual meeting on May 27, 2010. Click here for audio of the entire meeting. Item 2: Penguin and Amazon reach a deal, which means Penguin’s books are migrating back to the Kindle Store. Item 3: Barnes & Noble launches a fairly full-featured iPad app. Stephen Windwalker spots a serious fail in the magazines/newspapers area. Item 4: O’Reilly Media’s servers have a tough time keeping up with demand during a one-day $10 e-book sale on May 21, 2010. (Thanks to Bill C for the tip.)

Tech Tip – Jesslyn Hendrix shares the following steps for resetting the “furthest page read” sync location on a book in your Kindle collection:

Use the same device for all of the steps below before opening the book on a different one, the below example is using a single Kindle

1. Set the Synchronization off on your Amazon Account (Go to Amazon -> Your Account -> Manage Your Kindle -> Manage Kindle Device Synchronization -> click the “Turn the Synchronization off” button to turn off the synchronization)
2. Wait about a minute, then exit & re-enter your book
3. Go to the beginning of your book on the Kindle
4. Sync to the furthest page. If it tells you that you’re on the furthest location, you’re good to go. You must get this exact message “Already at furthest read location”, If not, see 4.1.
1. Select Cancel on the sync message that is displayed, exit and re-enter the book to attempt the reset again. (I think that the Amazon databases have to get reset-thus the delay; in any case, it always works for me on the 2nd attempt). Proceed to Step #5 if you get a message “Already at furthest read location”
5. Turn on the synchronization setting on your Account – your Furthest Page read will be reset to your new location.
6. On your other devices–if further along in the book, you will have to go to the beginning of the book, but once done the Furthest Page Read location will sync with your Kindle.

Interview – J. A. Konrath’s AmazonEncore deal has everyone in publishing talking, it seems. In a Skype interview on May 26 linking us in Denver and Chicago, Joe told the back story and details of the deal, in which Amazon will release the Kindle version of the seventh book in his Jack Daniels police mystery series, Shaken, on October 26, 2010, to be followed on February 22, 2011, by the paperback edition. Click here for a free sample of Shaken and click here for a Digital Book World Roundtable discussion of Konrath’s accomplishment.

Content – You’ll have to listen to the podcast for this one.

Comments – Craig Scarberry on the iPad, Kipp Poe Speicher on his new blog, Allen Day on the new social media features of Kindle 2.5, Bob Anderson on Travels with Kindle, and Jim Jones on Mike Elgan.

TKC 96 Mike Elgan

News – The Kindle for PC application gets an update. And coming this summer: Kindle for Android. Click here for Engadget’s story. Tech Tip – Amazon’s Kindle Support section has lots of good ideas, especially for new Kindle users.  This week’s tip explains how to set a limit on the cost for sending a personal […]

TKC 95 Jay Marine

News – Something seems fishy to me in the Apple rankings for top free iPad applications, which has Apple’s iBooks at Number one, and Kindle for iPad at 11, despite four times as many ratings left for the Kindle app. Also, University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business completes its DX experiment, with mixed results.

Tech Tip – A consideration of the difference between e-books and e-book apps.

Interview – Jay Marine, Amazon’s Director of Product Management for the Kindle, spoke with me from Seattle on Tuesday, May 11. His job in such conversations is to avoid any predictions of future products or enhancements, and let’s just say he’s good at his job. But if you listen between the lines, you’ll hear encouraging passion regarding Amazon’s commitment to keep those Kindle innovations coming.

Content – A new e-book trove of William Styron titles is now available on Kindle.

TKC 94 Ken Clark

News – My Kindle was updated wirelessly with the 2.5 software, so I’m bringing you my hands-on impressions of the six major enhancements it contains.

Tech Tip – How to use the new Daily Refresh capabilities of your Kindle library in the cloud.

Interview – After working by e-mail and phone for two months on the creation of E-Books for Troops, Ken Clark and I finally had a chance to meet in person here in Cambridge, Mass., on Monday, May 3. After our planning session, we finished up by doing this week’s podcast interview.

Content – Is Google finally getting serious about launching Google Book Editions this summer? Stephen Windwalker has his doubts, despite a Google guy’s guarantee at a panel discussion in New York City.