TKC 110 Darlene

News – 1) Early reviews of the Kindle 3 are uniformly positive, including judgments by David PogueWired 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 how many they sold.  4) J. A. Konrath reports that he sells 60 times more of his books at the Kindle Store than he does at Apple’s iBooks store.  5) Seth Godin has had it with traditional publishing.

Tech Tip – Paul Levin provides my first Kindle 3 tip, using the WiFi to transfer personal documents without a charge.

Interview (10:55) – My wife Darlene and I compare notes after a week of trying out a review copy of the Kindle 3.

Content – If you’re looking for new Kindle-related podcasts, be sure to check out eBook Ninjas and Unruly Guides.

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Comments 14

  1. Marcy McKenzie wrote:

    I LOVE the graphite K3. Using the sym key for numbers is far easier than using the alt key combinations. The cursor control is great. The smaller page turning buttons work well, esp. with Darlene’s thumb knuckle directions! This is the best Kindle yet!!!

    Posted 27 Aug 2010 at 9:49 pm
  2. Tom Semple wrote:

    Thanks for the podcast recommendations, I’m interested in both of them.

    Regarding ‘sticky’ Shift key:
    I wasn’t aware of this feature, though I’ve been using K2 for 18 months and it is there also. By coincidence, I discovered it playing around with my just arrived K3 earlier, before listening to TKC.

    The only time it is not sticky is when you the cursor is positioned in the page somewhere and you want to begin typing a note. If you want that first letter to be upper-case, you have to hold down the Shift key. Or, if you only have one finger available, enter any key to get into text entry mode, then push Del to delete the character you just entered. Now Shift will be sticky while you enter the note, as long as you follow it up with a keystroke within a second or so. Seems like they could fix this to have stickiness on that first letter, but the workarounds aren’t awful.

    The ALT key functions in much the same way, so one finger number entry with the ALT+QWERTY number entry is easy to accomplish. Entering a sequence of digits (for example to jump to a Location) is faster if you can hold the ALT key down, however, since you don’t have as many keystrokes to execute.

    For screen captures, I’d been trying to hold down Shift+ALT+G simultaneously, which is really awkward. How refreshing to realize that Shift, ALT, G in leisurely sequence does the same thing.

    Posted 28 Aug 2010 at 6:19 am
  3. Tom Semple wrote:

    Just read Marcy’s comment, I must disagree heartily about number entry being easier with SYM (way too much cursor navigation required…)! Fortunately both methods are available, so we can both be happy…

    Posted 28 Aug 2010 at 6:26 am
  4. Tom Landini wrote:

    Thanks, Darlene. You saved me at least $139 when you helped me realize my Kindle 2 is just fine for my purposes.

    Posted 28 Aug 2010 at 6:09 pm
  5. Michael B wrote:

    Echoing Tom’s comments above, thanks for your great reviews of K3. Having Darlene’s input as well as yours gives two very valid reviews from two different user’s points of view. I was all ready to plop down the money for a K3 WiFi/Wireless, but after hearing the podcasts and seeing the videos, I’ve decided my K2 is perfect for me. There are a lot of nice features on K3, but here are the reasons I’ve decided to stay with K2:

    1. I have large hands, so the new Page Forward and Back keys as well as the new controller seem like they would be difficult to me. Darlene’s comments about constantly thinking about how to turn pages while reading was a help, as I’ve never thought about this with K2 even when I first began using it.

    2. I’m one of those that doesn’t believe that smaller and lighter is always better. I like the perfect size and heft of K2. It feels substantial in my hands and is just about the weight of a good sized hardcover book.

    3. I don’t like the idea of having to use the extra SYM keystroke to get to the numbers entry.

    4. Don’t like the fact that the book title (and I assume magazine name and article title) are not displayed on each page.

    None of the new features seem that much better to make it worth spending hundreds of dollars when my K2 works great. The K2’s screen is pleasing to read, the page turn speed seems fine, I rarely use the web browser. For now, I’m still enjoying my K2. I will keep my ear to the ground to see if there are any future improvements to K3 that seem like it may be worth my money.

    Thanks for a great podcast and website. You’ve saved me money!

    Michael B.

    Posted 30 Aug 2010 at 12:43 pm
  6. Jay Cooper wrote:

    One can change line spacing on the Kindle 2–albeit via a hidden shortcut.

    Instructions here:
    Tip: Change line spacing on Kindle 2

    Posted 30 Aug 2010 at 9:05 pm
  7. Michael B wrote:

    Well, it looks like I may have spoken too soon about keeping my Kindle 2. It seems the wireless portion of it quit working yesterday. Have troubleshooted (troubleshot?) it to the best of my ability and it looks like the wireless feature has died. Buying a new K3 looks to be in my future. Would have preferred to stay with K2, but perusing ebay and other sites, a new K2 proves to be more expensive than the K3.

    Thanks again Len for great info and comparisons.

    Posted 01 Sep 2010 at 2:11 am
  8. Michael B wrote:

    PS – this is a double bummer because now with K2’s wireless not working I can’t donate it to e-books for troops.

    Posted 01 Sep 2010 at 2:32 am
  9. Errol wrote:

    Hi Len, I went to vote for your proposed idea at SXSW 2011, but I was greeted with the following message: “Voting is currently closed. Your vote has NOT been saved.”

    Great show as always.

    Posted 01 Sep 2010 at 5:07 pm
  10. Bob Lee wrote:

    Like Al McD., I like to read during TV commercials so would enjoy being able to set the sleep timer.

    I found what works really nice is to just flick the 5-way down after 5 minutes or so to move the cursor. You can do it without looking at the Kindle, and moving the cursor resets the sleep timer.

    Posted 01 Sep 2010 at 11:42 pm
  11. Andrys wrote:

    Michael B,
    If your Kindle 2 is still under warranty, contact Kindle Customer Support at 866-321-8851 to get a replacement. Then you can donate it to e-books for Troops.

    Maybe if you reset it, your wireless will wake up. I’ve never heard of one where the wireless just stopped working. Call Kindle support anyway even if you’re over warranty, as this is really an odd problem.

    Good luck!

    Posted 02 Sep 2010 at 3:17 am
  12. thorn wrote:

    have either of you tested the new, improved pdf interactivity features? if i were taking classes again, i might order the 3 myself. no one has really mentioned that in any of the reviews i’ve seen. I hate pdf’s, but really being able to use the dictionary with them, and the ability to annotate and underline wouldbat least make them bearable, since we’re obviously stuck with them for some time to come.

    great show – loved darlene’s insights on the k2 and k3.

    Posted 02 Sep 2010 at 4:43 pm
  13. Andrys wrote:

    I am SO behind, but enjoyed the duo review! Reminded me of a gentle “I remember it well” – the first Kindle 3 days.

    1. Re the sticky capital. Works on Home page for searches if you press Return or Del to bring up the search bar w/o entering a letter. The sticky capital does its thing.

    In a book — For notes or searchbar, press spacebar. Brings up appropriate boxes with ability to start a capital letter w/sticky shift.

    Those are also true for Kindle 2.

    2. Also, yes, re the line spacing we had (undocumented) for Kindle 2 …

    I found that the shift-alt-number if you chose ‘5’ was the exact line spacing for Kindle 1 which had really wide spacing.

    It changed down to ‘2’ but did nothing with ‘1’. I did use that a lot.

    3. I like Darlene’s half-glass full on everything and tend to agree w/her a lot. One area where I differ in response though, I did just post about on the forums.

    I did really enjoy the K2 although I always wished it were darker. I was reading my Kindle the other day and became a wee upset that the characters were suddenly grayish and not black anymore and I pondered having to call for a replacement since my fonts had strangely faded.

    Turned out I had not looked and had picked up the Kindle 2, which is not that much bigger and they both are being protected by the same type of cover (Cole Haan saddle, which I just love and got both on discount and, Darlene, it is SO LIGHT!).

    See some comparisons and why there is this difference (thanks to Keith Peters)

    I actually have become addicted to the K3 beyond the K2 reaction, mainly because of that beautiful clarity. And I value a lot the ability to change the contrast of PDFs (manuals, guides, non-fiction docs) and love that we can use the dictionary on those now and make ntoes.

    Posted 06 Sep 2010 at 8:18 pm
  14. Michael B wrote:

    Andrys –
    Thanks for your note. I have reset the device several times now to no avail. I’m still able to download items via computer, but it’s kind of a bummer to do it that way all the time.

    I didn’t think to call Amazon as the unit is out of warranty. I will give them a call anyway.

    Posted 08 Sep 2010 at 4:40 am