Monthly Archives August 2010

TKC Video: K3 Speed Test in Ocean Park

In this video, I compare the speed of 3G v. WiFi on a pair of Kindle 3s set up with identical configuration except for the wireless connection. Both are set to enable Java and Images, and cookies and history were cleared before the test. WiFi here at the cottage in Ocean Park, Maine, where the […]

TKC 110 Darlene

News – 1) Early reviews of the Kindle 3 are uniformly positive, including judgments by David Pogue,  Wired Magazine, Fast Company, and The Telegraph. 2) The Jackal backpedals with Random House, putting a premature end to a Kindle exclusive on some great backlist titles. 3) Amazon touts record sales of the Kindle 3 without saying […]

TKC Video: A Fireside Chat

In this fireside chat on a stormy day at Ocean Park, I compared the WebKit browser in the new Kindle 3 with the browser in the Kindle 2. I looked at the speed with which they both arrived at a web page, and I considered the differing views of the web page by each. I […]

TKC Video Extra: K3 Review

I’ve been reading on and exploring a new Kindle Free 3G +WiFi for three days now, using an Amazon review copy that arrived here in Maine on August 18.  This video presents what I think is so great about the Kindle 3, as well as one disappointment I have in it. I had already pre-ordered […]

TKC 109 Craig Findlay

News – 1. Blogger Keith Peters takes a VERY close look at the Kindle and iPad screens. 2) Amazon updates its Kindle for PC app. Andrys Basten comments. 3) The expected shipping date for new Kindles slips again, to September 17. 4) Stephen Windwalker is finishing up his latest Kindle Nation survey. 5) The IRS gives unusually fast approval to the 501(c)(3) application of E-Books for Troops, making it official that donations to the nonprofit are tax-deductible. Also, we launch Kindle 2 for Troops, a way that you can send in your Kindle 2 and we’ll distribute it to a soldier in Afghanistan. Thanks to Mike Cain, iReaderReview, TeleRead, and Stephen Windwalker for helping to spread the word!

Tech Tip – Allen MacDiarmid alerts me to a better way to highlight long passages on the Kindle, and also shares a shortcut for Text-to-Speech controls.

Interview (12:01) – Craig Findlay of Kelso, Scotland, is an avid Kindle user who is delighted with the opening of Amazon’s new Kindle U.K. store. In a Skype call from Maine to Scotland on August 18, 2010, we discussed the pace of e-book adoption in the U.K., the pricing of e-books, and more. Craig is going to take this creative writing course at Open University, the better to publish his own novel on Kindle some day.

Content – Common as Air: Revolution, Art and Ownership by Lewis Hyde looks like a great read, and I have an interview scheduled with the author on September 2, 2010.

Comments – Judy Lin on Kindle gifting, Chris Baker on my Wolf Hall Tournament of E-Readers video, Amy Leigh on her 10 Kindle Cases You Can Build For Free post, Rick Askenase on the Kindle tipping point, Jean Remple on Bob Stein, and Steve Wisener on bundling e-books with print books.

You can help! Click here to give a thumbs up to my South by Southwest Interactive panel proposal, “Surviving the E-Book (or EBook) Revolution.”

TKC 108 Russ Grandinetti

News – 1. Will Amazon make it possible to give Kindle books straight to your Kindle? Is that a good idea? 2. Plastic Logic abandons the Que ProReader before launch. Click here for the interview I did with Maureen Mellon at the Que’s booth at CES in January. 3. The National Federation of the Blind commends Amazon for the accessibility improvements included in the next generation of Kindles. 4. Blogger Mike Cane urges Jeff Bezos to pounce on the opportunity to buy Barnes & Noble.

Tech Tip – Courtesy of the Me and My Kindle blog and Teleread, a reminder on how to delete a whole bunch of typing with one click.

Interview (starts at 12:03) – Russ Grandinetti, Amazon’s Vice President for Kindle Content, in a conversation by Skype and phone on August 11, 2011, talks about social media, Google Editions, and whether there will be serious shortages of the Kindle 3.

Content – Pete Hamill’s upcoming book on immigration, They Are Us, will skip print altogether and go straight to e-book format this fall.

If you’d like to support my panel proposal for South by Southwest Interactive 2010, titled “How You Can Survive the E-Book Revolution,” with Joshua Tallent, please click here and vote for the proposal and leave a comment. This might improve our chances of being selected to present the panel at SXSW. Thanks!

If you are itching to pre-order a Kindle 3 but don’t know what to do with your trusty Kindle 2, check out E-Books for Troops early next week. Ken Clark and I are cooking up a great solution.
News – 1. Will Amazon make it possible to give Kindle books straight to your Kindle? Is that a good idea? 2. Plastic Logic abandons the Que ProReader before launch. Click here for the interview I did with Maureen Mellon at the Que’s booth at CES in January. 3. The National Federation of the Blind commends Amazon for the accessibility improvements included in the next generation of Kindles. 4. Blogger Mike Cane urges Jeff Bezos to pounce on the opportunity to buy Barnes & Noble.

Tech Tip – Courtesy of the Me and My Kindle blog and Teleread, a reminder on how to delete a whole bunch of typing with one click.

Interview (starts at 12:03) – Russ Grandinetti, Amazon’s Vice President for Kindle Content, in a conversation by Skype and phone on August 11, 2011, talks about social media, Google Editions, and whether there will be serious shortages of the Kindle 3.

Content – Pete Hamill’s upcoming book on immigration, They Are Us, will skip print altogether and go straight to e-book format this fall.

If you’d like to support my panel proposal for South by Southwest Interactive 2010, titled “How You Can Survive the E-Book Revolution,” with Joshua Tallent, please click here and vote for the proposal and leave a comment. This might improve our chances of being selected to present the panel at SXSW. Thanks!

If you are itching to pre-order a Kindle 3 but don’t know what to do with your trusty Kindle 2, check out E-Books for Troops early next week. Ken Clark and I are cooking up a great solution.

TKC 107 Baratunde Thurston

News – 1: The next-generation Kindles are temporarily sold out, and the ship date has slipped from August 27 to September 4. Andrys Basten details more features of the Kindle 3. 2: Amazon updates the Kindle for iPad/iPhone/Touch app. 3: Jeff Bezos explains to Charlie Rose the difference between an iPad and a Kindle. Hint: one of them is not used to play Angry Birds. 4: Are Shuffled Row and Every Word the first two Kindle Apps? 5: I receive direct confirmation from the Google Books Team that the soon-to-be-launched Google Editions e-book store will not debut with the Kindle as a supported partner device, but you will be able to buy my mother’s book in non-DRM’d PDF format for reading on your Kindle.

News That Broke Too Late for Audio: Amazon announces the opening of its new U.K. Kindle store.

Tech Tip – You can make a nice e-book from your WordPress blog with the Anthologize plug-in. Thanks to Chris Martin for this tip!

Interview – Baratunde Thurston, Web and Politics Editor at The Onion, was my very first interview guest two years ago on TKC 1, which was uploaded on July 26, 2010. So it was great to talk to him again for an update on his Kindle habits, including the sad news of his original Kindle’s untimely end on the streets of New York City. We spoke via a Maine-to-NYC Skype connection on August 4, 2010.

Content – Stephen Windwalker releases an important new book, How to Price eBooks for the Kindle: A Pocket Pricing Guide for Authors and Publishers to Maximize Sales and Royalties with the New 70 Percent Royalty Option. Mrs. GeekTonic reviews FantasticFiction, a good site for finding e-books to read on your Kindle, and Candy Yates recommends KindleIQ, a site that will notify you of free e-books and price decreases.

Comments – Thorn on the too-many-ebooks problem and Patrick Scott with a good question on K3 hardware.