TKC 107 Baratunde Thurston

Photo by Alexa Lee

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!

InterviewBaratunde 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, 2008.  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.

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Comments 3

  1. Tom E wrote:

    In today’s message you write “the ship date has slipped from August 27 to September 4.”

    Did you mean that no kindles will ship before Sept 4, or did you mean that new orders will not ship before Sept 4? If the former, has amazon actually confirmed that, and where can we eager readers confirm it as well?


    Posted 06 Aug 2010 at 12:41 pm
  2. Rick Askenase wrote:

    Andrys Basten at has a post yesterday sorting out the shipping dtaes. Original dates of August 27th still apply, and new orders are shipping around Septmeber 4th.

    Posted 07 Aug 2010 at 9:56 am
  3. Errol wrote:

    Great interview Len. I throughly enjoyed this weeks show. The UFO resemblance sound and Baratunde Thurstonand comments had me in stitches of laughter.

    Posted 07 Aug 2010 at 5:21 pm