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.

ContentPaul 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 Hagglund for joining me for the TKC 100 Call-in Show on BlogTalkRadio on June 16!

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Comments 13

  1. Werner Aguilar wrote:

    Dear Len – I have religiously listened to every episode of your podcast for the past 16 months since the purchase of my Kindle-2. I have posted comments before – I’m the guy who listens to your podcast very early on Saturday morning with my coffe and toast and my ten dogs. I think the Darlene episodes are the best. She holds no punches and says it straight. Tell Darlene thanks for her honest, insightful and wonderful comments. By the way when your Yorkie Claire started barking during the podcast, that wasn’t an interruption, she was actually talking to my dogs and all other dogs who were listening to your podcast. Claire was translating your podcast into dog talk. My dogs say thanks to Claire for the dog translation and comments about the Kindle. You might consider having Claire as your guest for a special dog podcast. Think of all the dogs that would listen to it. You would become famous in the canine world. Congratulations on your 100th episode. Looking forward to the next 100. Thank you Len.

    Posted 19 Jun 2010 at 4:14 am
  2. Marie Sotiriou wrote:


    Congrats on the 100th episode!

    Darlene spoke about the limitations of the Collections function when you share Kindles in your account. I think that she was referring to the lack of book organization on the account page on the Amazon website, but there is a feature of collections that may be helpful.

    Andrys Basten posted a great overview of the new 2.5.x functionality which included this section on Collections:

    “Collections can be transferred across registered Kindle devices and you’ll be able to import collections from your other Kindle devices under the Archived Items page, using “Add Other Device Collections.

    If you re-download a deleted book, it will download to the collection or category it was a part of before.

    Collections can be transferred across registered Kindle devices and you’ll be able to import collections from your other Kindle devices under the Archived Items page, using “Add Other Device Collections.”

    You can find the full post here:

    I am unable to test this feature since I currently only have a K1, but this info may be useful for people who share Kindles on the same account.

    I have enjoyed listening to the TKC podcasts for the last couple of years!

    Thanks for all your work on the Kindle Chronicles!


    Posted 19 Jun 2010 at 5:42 am
  3. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Marie, thanks for this info on Collections! I will pass it along to Darlene, and I’m sure she is going to appreciate info about Collections that I was not able to provide for her during our interview. This is simply terrific.

    Posted 19 Jun 2010 at 6:19 am
  4. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Woof, woof, bark bark, grrrr! (Claire approved this message.) I loved this, Werner, and so did Darlene.

    Posted 19 Jun 2010 at 6:20 am
  5. Wayne Choy wrote:

    Congratulations on TKC #100! You can still set the Primary Dictionary. After you click on the Menu button from the Homepage, you need to click Menu button one more time and a further menu will appear that allows you to do this. Thanks for all the great podcasts, and looking forward to the next 100 and more! WC

    Posted 19 Jun 2010 at 10:29 am
  6. Wayne Choy wrote:

    Sorry, that should have read “After you click on the Menu button from the Homepage and select Settings, you need to click Menu button one more time and a further menu will appear that allows you to do this (set the Primary Dictionary).” WC

    Posted 19 Jun 2010 at 11:01 am
  7. Len Edgerly wrote:

    That’s how I remembered it used to work with 2.3 software. Now with 2.5 when I go to menu from homepage, then settings, then menu again, these are my choices: Turn Wireless Off, Shop in Kindle Store, Update Your Kindle (grayed out), Restart, Reset to Factory Defaults, Legal, and Sync & Check for Items.

    Posted 19 Jun 2010 at 11:04 am
  8. Wayne Choy wrote:

    I checked again, Len, and noticed you refer to 2.5 and my version is 2.5.2 and I have the Change Primary Dictionary option on the second menu you mentioned above. You may need to download 2.5.2 as I recall your being one of the earlier wireless recipients of vers. 2.5. I have an older U.S. model of K2 and live abroad, receiving it just months before they announced the global version so I had to wait until the manual download of the software became available recently and it was 2.5.2.

    Posted 19 Jun 2010 at 12:06 pm
  9. Wayne Choy wrote:

    Also, I have just read that a further iteration, vers. 2.5.3 is now being pushed out wirelessly to some users:

    But apparently it is not yet available for manual download.

    Posted 20 Jun 2010 at 4:58 am
  10. Jim Corkrum wrote:

    Am a recent subscriber to your podcast and enjoy it thoroughly. You recent story about InstaPaper was wonderful and now use it nearly everyday. Today, I downloaded the 2.5.2 upgrade to my Kindle 2 and immediately started creating categories for my books.

    Works like a dream…except for InstaPaper articles. They apparently cannot be moved into collections.

    Any ideas for a solution?

    Posted 20 Jun 2010 at 5:17 pm
  11. Patricia Snyder wrote:

    Congratulations, Len, on your 100th episode. It’s a tribute to your intelligence and desire to communicate.

    I downloaded the software update wirelessly to my Kindle. But I have to say that my most pleasurable reading experience comes from my Ipad, especially when I refer to one of my downloaded cookbooks for a recipe. Whatever is in color in the paper cookbook comes out in color on my Ipad. I also own an original Sony Reader which has about 15 books on it. I throw that into my bag if I travel and just want to read and won’t be using the Internet. I, occasionally do the same with my Kindle DX, the one that, with its leather cover, is the same weight and size as my Ipad.

    Amazon is going to have to dance pretty fast to keep up with the Ipad. It is the reading device of choice among the very serious readers that I know. With the Kindle app, we buy books from Amazon and enjoy them on the Ipad.

    By the way, the sound quality of your end of the podcast was very poor for some reason. Once again, congratulations.

    Posted 22 Jun 2010 at 12:27 pm
  12. Pat Montgomery wrote:

    My dogs also say hello to Claire.

    Loved Darlene’s comments about Twitter and Facebook regarding the Kindle. I agree that they are useless and why would Amazon have added those to the new Collections upgrade?

    I am having trouble with my Collections. Because I read and have large numbers of cozy mystery series eBooks, I ended up giving each author a listing to keep them all separate. I still have seven pages of Collections and they can’t be alphabetized. Annoying for me.

    Congrats on your 100th episode.

    Posted 24 Jun 2010 at 5:00 pm
  13. thorn wrote:

    happy 100th!

    i’m with darlene on facebook & twitter being not that great an added feature. very surprised, however, that there’s no interface with goodreads or librarything. both are excellent social networking sites — that are *actually about books*. i find that i talk very openly with other reading people about what i’m reading; but would feel weird having my quotes showing up on facebook. but if i could interface easily with goodreads or librarything to write a review right after finishing a book, that would be stellar.

    and — i do like the categories feature, because i don’t share a kindle account at this point, but the idea to categorize the archives is an excellent one.

    Posted 16 Jul 2010 at 5:26 pm