News – 1. A study by Jakob Nielsen finds that participants read more slowly on a Kindle or an iPad than on a traditional book. Abhi raises some reasonable questions about the findings. 2. A 2006 Amazon patent comes to light and may cause problems for the Barnes & Noble nook and the Alex by Spring Design. 3. James Patterson reportedly becomes the first author to sell a million e-books.
Tech Tip – Tom Semple helps me improve my earlier idea for Darlene, on how she could e-mail a list of recommended titles to her sister and friend. Here are the steps Tom outlines for e-mailing the screen shots as a PDF directly to their Kindles instead of to their personal e-mail addresses:
1. connect Kindle via USB
2. navigate with Finder to /Volumes/Kindle/documents
3. select screen_shot*.gif files and Open with Preview (Mac only; PC would require another program)
4. if there’s more than one .gif file to send, Preview opens a sidebar with thumbnails of each. Select all items in the sidebar by clicking in it and choosing ‘Select All’ from the Edit menu (or use Command+A)
5. from File menu, choose ‘Print selected images’
6. ideally, set up a custom Paper Size the size of Kindle’s screen (3.5″ x 4.75″) and select that as the Paper Size (results in smaller file)
7. click PDF dropdown and choose ‘Mail PDF’. this will launch the mail client and attach the PDF to a new email
8. address the email to the Kindles (you could set up an email address Group for this) and send
9. (cleanup) close Preview and delete the .gif files from the Kindle.
Content – A favorite author of mine, Lewis Hyde, has a new book available for pre-order in Kindle edition, Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership. Whispernet delivery is scheduled for August 17. Click here to watch Hyde’s presentation at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
Interview – Lawrence Schwartz, Marketing Director at E Ink Holdings, Inc., in Cambridge, Mass., explains how come the new Pearl E Ink screen looks so good on the Kindle DX Graphite which arrived here in Ocean Park, Maine, this week.
Comments – Rebecca, Loren Casuto, and Jean Remple weigh in on last week’s provocative comments by my 14-year-old nephew visiting from Nebraska. Tom Semple announces his new website on digital publishing. Marie Sotiriou links to a great “On the Media” episode about the future of the book, featuring comments by Bob Stein, founder of the Institute for the Future of the Book.