Monthly Archives June 2010

TKC 101 Russ Grandinetti

News – On the longest day of the year, this week saw one of the shortest price wars in memory, the Seven-Hour E-Reader War between Barnes & Noble and Amazon.  Who won? I’d say Amazon did, by undercutting the nook’s new price by $10, at $189 compared with $199 for the nook.  Om Malik and […]

TKC Extra: 6-13-10 Call-in Show

We had a fun time on Wednesday, June 16th at the Kindle Chronicles 100 Call-in Show at BlogTalkRadio. Joining me during the hour were Brett McNeill from Olympia, Washington; Alan Rose from Gunnison, Colorado, Jim Jones from Omaha, Nebraska, and Karen Haggland from Detroit.  We talked about the podcast, what’s coming for the Kindle, and […]

TKC 100 Darlene

Pastor Mark Pierce of Church Requel gets us off to a centennial-style start with a creative audio tribute. Thanks, Mark!

News – Amazon updates its Kindle for iPad application to version 2.1 and posts a manual download for the new Kindle software, 2.5.2 .

Tech Tip – More about Instapaper, courtesy of listener Joel Anderson.

Interview – My wife Darlene (and Claire) return to the podcast to celebrate 100 episodes and consider the benefits of Collections and what a serious reader needs next from the Kindle.

Content – Paul Biba and ResourceShelf highlight OpenLibrary’s new Kindle connection.

Comments – Audio from Jim Jones, Bob Anderson with feedback on TKC content, Craig Scarberry on dictionaries and iPad apps, Tony Roberts with a couple of items from past episodes that rubbed him the wrong way, Andrys Basten on speculation about a low-low-low-priced Kindle, and Linda Hopkins on TKC 200.

Thanks to Brett McNeill, Alan Rose, Jim Jones, and Karen Haagland for joining me for the TKC 100 Call-in Show on BlogTalkRadio on June 16!

TKC 99 John Just

News – Item 1: Seth Godin’s free advice for Amazon with reaction from Abhi and a followup interview by The Wall Street Journal. Item 2: A slippery slide on e-book market share at Steve Jobs’s WWDC keynote sparks controversy and a suggestion by Stephen Windwalker for what Jobs should have said.

Tech Tip – Via Kes Woodward, a reminder of the joys of Instapaper and a new resource, Longform.

Interview – John Just, assistant superintendent for management information systems at the Pinellas County School District, visited with me by Skype on June 7 about what would apparently be the first high school in the nation to issue Kindles to all students instead of textbooks. Click here to send John a tweet with information that might be helpful in the project.

Content – Thanks to Zoe Winters, I have read my first paranormal romance in five decades as an otherwise-omnivorous reader. Kept, the first of a trio of novellas in her Blood Lust series, is a well-written, sometimes sexy, sometimes funny account of a heroine who can shift into the form of a cat and back. Click here to listen to the full “Whiny Indie Authors” episode of her podcast that I excerpted in this TKC episode.

Comments – Tom Semple’s rebuttal to a couple of points made by James McQuivey in the interview last week, GuitarLover 1999 on the Joe Konrath interview, and Al MacDiarmid on the wonders of Calibre.

TKC 98 James McQuivey

Correction: In the podcast, I have the date of the Kindle launch at Target wrong. It’s Sunday June 6, not June 5.

News – Item 1: It looks as if Bloomberg got the scoop on plans for the next Kindle, reported to becoming in August. Engadget adds some details, including the codename, Shasta. Item 2: Andrys Basten at A Kindle World has this about Amazon’s delay in rolling out the 2.5 update for Kindle software. Item 3: Consumer Reports in a comparison of the Kindle and the iPad declares the Kindle “the better e-books choice for most people.” Here’s what CR has to say about three other e-ink e-readers. Item 4: If you want to help the cause of Kindle domination, you might stroll on over to your local Target store Sunday (June 6) and help answer customer questions when the first Kindles show up for sale. Item 5: Stephen Windwalker and Julie Bosman of the New York Times each have data indicating this e-books thing isn’t likely to blow over soon. Click here for the podcast episode in which Bosman reports on BookExpo America. Click here for the Digital Book World Roundtable podcast recorded live from BEA, hosted by Guy LeCharles Gonzalez.

Tech Tip – Bufo Calvin relates steps you should take if you lose your Kindle.

Interview – James McQuivey in a conversation recorded on June 1, 2010, explains why he’s worried Amazon may be about to miss a once-in-a-lifetime shot, if they don’t come up with an iPad killer. James is vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research.

Content – Looking for something good to read on your Kindle? Check out Jan Zlendich’s Kindle Reader blog. You can subscribe to it on your Kindle for 99 cents a month by clicking here.

Comments – Rick Askenase emailed me the link to a good Wall Street Journal piece about e-books and publishing. David Deitrick emailed me the following procedure for adding non-Amazon (or non-iBooks) content to your iPad:

Import the files I want to put in the iPad into Calibre that came from sources other than Amazon.
.MOBI files seem to work. The .AZW are copy Protected and won’t convert. OTOH, I think that all of the .AZW files are available in my Kindle for iPad application
1. Select the .MOBI files that you want to convert (this works for PDF files as well)
2. Convert the files to EPUB
3. Select the files that you want to put on the ipad. If you don’t touch anything, the files you selected for the conversion will still be selected.
4. Click on “Save to disk”
5. Select a folder or director in which to save your files. I picked “ConvertedForIpad”
6. Click on “Choose”
7. You will then find a bunch of sub folders of Authors. Select the folders you want on the iPad and drag them to the iTunes icon in the Dock (on a Mac, I haven’t tried this on a Windows machine).
8. The books will be imported to the “Books” section of the iPad Device in iTunes.
9. Select the “Sync Books” box and either “All Books” or “Selected Books” and then the books you want on your iPad
10. Sync the iPad. The books show up in iBooks with any cover art that was in Calibre. The News feeds that are configured in Calibre will also convert and download into iBooks.