TKC 116 Sarah Diment

News – 1) Harvard Library Director Robert Darnton, my guest on last week’s show, says the gathering he hosted last weekend was a success, because a clear consensus emerged in support of creating a National Digital Library, as reported in this post by The Chronicle of Higher Education.  2) Amazon updates the Kindle for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch application with “Book Extras” imported from Shelfari.  I bought out Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth to see how the Book Extras work.

Tech Tip – A nudge from listener Paul Levin was all it took to get me to try the screensaver hack on my Kindle 3.  It works, but proceed with caution!

Interview (11:05) – Darlene and I drove to the Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit, Maine, on October 1, 2010, so I could interview Sarah Diment, the owner/inkeeper. She has launched an innovative program of loaning Kindles to guests. Click here to follow Sarah’s tweets about the Beachmere.

Content – It’s frustrating when I find a book I really want to read on my Kindle, but it costs an astounding $35.20.  The book is The Collapse of Complex Societies by Joseph A. Tainter, published in 1988 by Cambridge University Press.

Comments – Heather Hollick on dueling dictionaries, Chris Kroehler on his new Kindle 3 and the UK Store, and Russell Southard on the benefits of Kindle reading while on military deployments, with his shoutout for E-Books for Troops.

Next Week – I’m scheduled for a followup interview with John Just on exactly how his school district in Florida is managing content for 2,200 Kindles at Clearwater High School.

Note: I’d like to thank the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) for bringing me to Missoula, Montana, this week for a Board meeting and reunion of my fellow former chairs of the organization.

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Comments 4

  1. Roxanne McHenry wrote:

    Len, Hope you’re enjoying Missoula and the Board meeting (just a couple hours south of me). I attended the Flathead River Writer’s Conference here last week with about 70+ writers (and I saw a couple writers reading Kindles during the session breaks, besides myself).

    The Arts are alive and well in Montana!

    Posted 08 Oct 2010 at 8:49 pm
  2. Kevin Kline wrote:

    New listener and New Kindle 3 owner… Maybe? Okay, my new kindle shows up and I start buying and reading and listing to the new text to speech. Love it as I was a Hugh audible book user.

    So the rumor hits that Amazon may release an Android Tablet…. So now I wonder if I should return my kindle. I’m a Droid user, read books on the kindle for droid and for pc and sometimes on the new iPod touch. The Kindle 3 really only does books… Do you think going to a tablet (Amazon Tab) or others like the new Galaxy Tab and read my books on a tablet… a computer that does more than just read books. Troubled…. But I like the new Kindle text to speech function..reader and audio books in one. Your thought?

    Posted 09 Oct 2010 at 8:03 am
  3. Harry Turner wrote:

    You think $35.20 is expensive. Academic published Routledge have released a slew of back catalogue titles onto the Kindle store in the last two weeks. I’ve seen prices as high as $180!

    Posted 11 Oct 2010 at 7:46 am
  4. choo wrote:

    oh So now I wonder if I should return my kindle, good list thank

    Posted 21 Nov 2010 at 6:53 pm

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