TKC 113 Lewis Hyde

News – 1) The Motley Fool Money podcast crew considers Best Buy‘s decision to carry the Kindle 2) Amazon’s new Kindle ad goes viral, and Apple watcher John Gruber says it’s a good one.  3) Best-selling author David Morrell goes directly to Amazon for the latest Kindle-exclusive publishing deal. Blogger Mike Cane calls it more evidence that “ebook = Kindle, Period.”

Tech Tip – For those times when you get so immersed in your Kindle book that you forget what time zone you’re in…

Interview (12:39) – I spoke with Lewis Hyde, author of Common as Air: Revolution, Art and Ownership, by Skype and telephone on September 8, 2010.  Among the surprises he has experienced since the book’s publication last month was Ward Sutton’s impressive “Drawn to Read” comic-strip review at the Barnes & Noble Review and the amazing online afterlife of a rave review by Robert Darnton in The New York Times.

Content – 1) David D in Utah told me via Twitter that he uses his Kindle browser to read the daily Mass scripture readings posted at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops site.  When I checked it out, I discovered the Mobile Gabriel feature that includes Kindle-friendly MobiPocket files, including this one for September’s readings.  2) In answer to a question from the Kindle Women, I give my thoughts on why it makes sense sometimes to pay for Kindle blog subscriptions, even though you can read the blogs for free on the Internet.

Your Comments – Jennifer Jacobsen tips me off to the “Why Books?” conference here in Cambridge, Mass., on October 29, 2010. Jim Palmer asks how to switch content from his Kindle 2 to a new Kindle, in preparation for donating the Kindle 2 to E-Books for Troops.

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Comments 6

  1. Richard Askenase wrote:

    I just shifted all my books from my original DX to me new DX, ALONG with my collections. It worked very easily. Do this while you have BOTH kindles!!

    After making sure that all the books are in the collections you want, First sync the original kindle to Amazon (from Menu with wireless on, hit sync). Then on the new Kindle download each book separately (either from the new kindle using the archives OR from your Manage your kindle page). (Remember, that if you are dowbloading a lot of books, they will take time to index, so do maybe 50 at a time and leave the Kindle plugged in to keep charging while indexing.)

    Finally, once your books are all downloaded and the wireless is on, go to the archives on the NEW Kindle. The top item will read “Add other device collections.” Click on the collections you want (presumably all of them). It will download the collections to the new kindle AND sort your downloaded books into the same collections as on the original Kindle.

    Check to make sure that everything is right. Then, a) de-register the old kindle, and b) reset the old kindle to factory setting which will empty the kindle.

    Posted 17 Sep 2010 at 1:23 pm
  2. Andrys wrote:

    Len, like you there are a lot of things I like about the Kindle blog subscriptions though I can get them free.

    Re the Day/Date/Time tip
    You actually CAN get that while reading a book, so I updated my blog article on that (again). The key is that you have to use the option to search the full Kindle (as is done at the Home screen).

    I explain this at

    Posted 18 Sep 2010 at 10:44 am
  3. Andrys wrote:

    Hmm, I should have been clearer. It’s the RSS feeds that I can get for free, but I like the navigation in the Kindle blogs. I also like that NYT Latest News updates a few times a day.

    Posted 18 Sep 2010 at 11:24 am
  4. janecollins wrote:

    You were asking for blogs; Slate magazine, though a bit more than a blog (2.49 a month) is excellent quality and arrives daily…

    Posted 18 Sep 2010 at 4:08 pm
  5. Andrys wrote:

    Totally agree with Jane. Slate is my favorite magazine in Kindle edition so far – I like their regular collections of reactions to news stories from a variety of newspapers, which helps me to get a better perspective on things rather than depend on one or two regular sources.

    They have some excellent original stories too, including journals by writers who are investigating stories in other regions of the world.

    Posted 20 Sep 2010 at 5:58 am
  6. Pat Montgomery wrote:

    I spent this evening catching up on your previous Podcasts. (I was about 3 or 4 behind) Lots of good information to keep me interested.

    Did check out the last two KindleWomen podcasts with the link listed and found them both rather annoying, at best. I couldn’t get through the first 5-6 minutes of either one.

    Thank you for keeping your Podcasts on a reasonably professional level. And yes I do enjoy a little humor here and there and always enjoy some background noise from Claire. Also liked her cameo on one of your videos.
    Pat M.

    Posted 28 Sep 2010 at 3:08 am