TKC 130 Libby Malin Sternberg

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News – 1) David Letterman doesn’t know what page he’s on in an e-book.  Joshua Tallent and the eBook Ninjas know how to fix that. 2) The Kindle is winning the War of the Tweets. 3) The Telegraph in London reports on Jonah Lehrer’s suggestion that e-books are too easy to read.  Lehrer’s followup piece is here. 4) Kindle for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch gets an update with a terrific new interface with Project Gutenberg and other sources of free classics. 5) The Kindle app is an early arrival at the Mac App Store and zooms to Number Three in the free apps. 6) Nora Roberts joins the Million Kindle Club.

Tech Tip – Are weird things happening to the dictionary when you receive a loaned Kindle book?

InterviewLibby Malin Sternberg, an author and editor-in-chief of Istoria Books, penned a pithy op-ed piece on e-books in The Wall Street Journal. (To find the full column, you can Google “Libby Malin Sternberg Wall Street Journal Kindle.”) I spoke with her on January 10, 2010, about pure reading, Kindle bashers and digital publishing.

Content – Thanks very much to James Fallows of The Atlantic for this blog post making the case for E-Books for Troops.  Highly recommended Kindle reading: any book-length reporting by Fallows, including Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China, Free Flight: Inventing the Future of Travel, and Blind Into Baghdad: America’s War in Iraq.

Bonus Read: Click here for the New York Times profile of Colorado’s new governor, John W. Hickenlooper.

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Comments 4

  1. Alan Morris wrote:

    I recall at the start of my MBA we were taken through speed reading techniques (Tony Buzan) as a way of successfully negotiating the volumes of material necessary to pass the course. The thinking at that time was that comprehension improved with the speed of reading; this is the opposite of the thinking in the Telegraph article.
    My feeling is that the level of understanding is related to the quality of the reading experience (lighting, font, mood etc) and both speed and understanding increases if the environment is right.
    I have a number of eBooks with very non-standard fonts and found them painful to read. My resulting experience was not one of greater understanding but more a desire to slap those responsible for inflicting special fonts on me just because it is possible.

    Posted 15 Jan 2011 at 3:57 pm
  2. Bob wrote:

    I read Libby’s WSJ article. Very funny, and very true! Another thing I’ve seen along these lines is this video, which is Medieval Tech Support trying to help a monk transition to a book from using scrolls. See->

    Posted 17 Jan 2011 at 12:57 am
  3. Joyce Schultz wrote:

    I have been reading on a Kindle for about 2 years, and I have to say I have never missed page numbers. I realize that people’s reactions are colored by previous experience, however. Pre-Kindle I really didn’t bother with page numbers. If someone asked how far along in a book I was I would answer, “About 1/3 of the way,” or if the questioner had read the book before me I might recount what was occurring at my juncture in the book. I actually once tried to train myself to remember a page number when I put a book down, but I could never do it…always relied on the bookmark. I also do not belong to any structured book clubs, so I don’t have that kind of reference point.
    But it was not until I heard this podcast and the comments about page numbers that I realized that there are precedents for using a marker system other than page numbers. I sing in a choir, and the music is marked with measure numbers. Those measure numbers refer to the same location whether a musician is reading the vocal score with 10 pages or a flute part printed in one page. Further, not every measure has a numeral written by it, so when the director says to begin at measure 9 the musician knows it’s somewhere between measure 5 and 10, closer to 10.
    The other marker system that came to my mind is even more well-known. When someone refers to a location in the Bible they do so by chapter and verse. So no matter which particular printing of a given translation or for that matter which translation, all can locate the same place easily.

    Posted 01 Feb 2011 at 6:04 pm
  4. Sef Ramos wrote:

    I just heard your podcast and you mentioned Darlene could not follow along with a reading group because she was using a kindle with out page numbers. The search feature is great! If they are flipping pages to get to the line or paragraph to discuss it the first person reads a few words and you just type that in to search while having the book open. I do this to follow along in my literature course and I find the passages faster than the people flipping through. I also noticed that you can do this with google books. Search in the text while having it open. On the kindle you can also highlight and make notes just like you would in a paper book which is the reason the professor gave for buying her edition of Heart of Darkness.
    Thanks for the great podcast Len, I still need to catch up!

    Posted 08 Feb 2011 at 3:41 pm