Updated TKC 115 Robert Darnton

Note: This replaces the previously uploaded TKC 115, which had one track missing, including the interview with Robert Darnton.

News – 1) Kindle for the Web. 2) Kindle for BlackBerry PlayBook. 3) A tipster tells TechCrunch an Amazon Tablet is coming. 4) Andrys Basten reports evidence that Amazon did indeed learn its 1984 lesson. 5) Listener Tom Semple on why my report last week suggesting Amazon may be softening on ePub was probably unfounded. 6) A beta Kindle plug-in for Adobe’s InDesign publishing program, with comments from Joshua Tallent, co-host of the ebook ninjas podcast, on its significance.

Tech TipKindleMinds summarizes the steps to jailbreak your Kindle and add your own screensaver photos.  More info is at the MobileReads forum.  Have you tried it? Did it work?

Interview (14:56) – I visited with Robert Darnton on September 29, 2010 at his office in Wadsworth House, the second-oldest building at Harvard, where he is Director of the University Library. He is the author of The Case for Books: Past, Present and Future and a new book titled Poetry and the Police: Communication Networks in Eighteenth-Century Paris, scheduled for publication on October 4 by Harvard University Press. Kindle and other e-book formats are in the works, but no date set yet for release. Click here for the Harvard University Press listing and here for link to free audio files of songs from eighteenth-century Paris.

Content – Have you compared The New Yorker on Kindle and the new iPad app? Which do you prefer? I’m still making up my mind.

Comments – Jim Jones on the “iPad Guy” and “Kindle Girl” TV ad and Robert Green on Esquire’s Rule 695 for Social Networking and the Internet.

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Comments 4

  1. Karen wrote:

    About the screensaver hack:

    If you are comfortable doing manual updates, you will be able to do the hack by following the instructions. I had no problem, and I found lots of Kindle screensavers ready to go at http://www.photobucket.com. I learned that it isn’t necessary to have a black and white picture, I put a color picture in and it worked fine. If you add more pictures later, you must do a restart for them to show up. I follow the discussion board at Amazon and no one has mentioned having serious problems. Karen

    Posted 03 Oct 2010 at 10:23 pm
  2. Wayne Scott wrote:

    Suggested tech tip.

    I have had a Kindle 3 for a month now and am really enjoying it, but I keep needing carry around my ipod for podcasts like yours.
    (Great interview with Mr Darnton, BTW!)

    From the documentation it appears that the audiobook player only supports Audible content, but from a hint on another website I found that you can put any MP3 in the “audible” directory and it will appear as an audio item on the home screen. Then podcasts can be played and the Kindle will save your place and allow you to resume at will.

    Also by adding an “.is_audio_player” file to the root of the Kindle my linux machines will automatically treat the kindle as a mp3 player and sync podcasts whenever I connect.
    http://old.nabble.com/Documentation-for-.is_audio_file-td22235886.html

    -Wayne

    Posted 06 Oct 2010 at 8:48 am
  3. James Reed wrote:

    I’m James Reed and I review the best new ebook fiction by indie authors.

    Don’t know who this guy is, but for those who know who J.A. Konrath is, him and Blake Crouch, Jeff Strand and F. Wilson got together to write a Kindle-only ebook for Halloween called “Draculas” and I didn’t think it was that great because it was about zombies, not vampires like advertised.

    I’m the first one to write a full review of the complete manuscript and it’s here if you want:

    http://digitalspotlightfictionreview.blogspot.com/2010/10/advance-review-for-draculas-by-ja.html

    Posted 07 Oct 2010 at 11:19 am
  4. Dorian Nisinsin wrote:

    I wanted to ask your listeners if anyone else was having serious problems with the Kindle for Mac app. a few months ago my Kindle for Mac stopped working. It had worked before for several months. Now when I launch it I get the outline of the window with Kindle for Mac in menu bar an the spinning wheel forever. It is impossible to unregister from the app because of this.
    I contacted Amazon Tech support and after a week of trying everything they said they could not fix this. I’ve tried deleting the app, deregistering it and reinstalling. No joy. Anyone else? Solutions? Hope for the future?

    As always thanks for the podcast Len.

    Posted 10 Oct 2010 at 1:10 pm

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