News – Item 1: Amazon.com 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
- 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)
- Wait about a minute, then exit & re-enter your book
- Go to the beginning of your book on the Kindle
- 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.
- 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”
- Turn on the synchronization setting on your Account – your Furthest Page read will be reset to your new location.
- 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.