TKC 131 Catherine MacDonald

News – 1) What would the demise of Borders mean for Kindle competitor Kobo? 2 ) Kindle Nation Daily has just released its winter survey. Learn all about the survey here, or simply click here to participate.

Tech Tip – Hunter Davis provides a creative solution to last week’s query about how to take notes on your Kindle. You might also want to try Will DeLamater’s Notepad tool.

Interview (starts at 16:22) – Catherine MacDonald, who lives on the island of Gozo in the nation of Malta in the Mediterranean, spoke to me on Tuesday, January 18, 2011, by Skype about how she and her husband came to create the Kindle Lending Club.  It’s one of several startups taking advantage of the Kindle’s new lending capability to put borrowers in touch with lenders. Their Facebook page already has more than 8,000 “likes”, and you can also follow the action on Twitter.

Content – Via Andrys Basten’s A Kindle World blog, I learned about the Chrome extension that enables you to move an article from your browser to your Kindle very easily.  Click here for more from Lifehacker.

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Comments 3

  1. Mark wrote:

    just listenedto the show for the first time and loved it and I have now subscribed on iTunes.
    Keep up the good work and thanks again!



    Posted 22 Jan 2011 at 8:58 am
  2. Heather Hollick wrote:

    Another great podcast, as usual.

    However, I hope the juxtaposition of the first two opening comments was not lost on you. First, you mention your guest interview with a person who started a web site for people who love to read but are looking for a way to get books without paying for them.

    The second article is about the demise and pending bankruptcy of Borders.

    I am not necessarily saying that the the Kindle Lending Club will hurt authors and publishers. I just want to implore people that if you find value in something, pay for it.

    Everybody has a right to a roof over their head and food on their table. Creatives put their work out there in an effort to do just that. Honor them.

    In the grand scheme of things, books are relatively inexpensive. In terms of hours-of-enjoyment per dollar, a $10 book can give me days, if not weeks, of pleasure. In contrast, a $4 cup of coffee gives about 45 minutes.

    We all want to feel honored and valued for what we do. Let’s offer authors (and yes, publishers and distributors) the same. Borrow a book if you are not sure if you will find value in it. Pay for it if you do.

    Posted 23 Jan 2011 at 11:49 am
  3. Barbra Annino wrote:

    I like how you think, Heather!

    Barbra Annino
    Author of Opal Fire

    Posted 25 Jan 2011 at 4:09 pm

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