TKC 134 Neil Strandberg

News – 1) Amazon releases a preview version of Kindle software 3.1 with significant new capabilities.  2) The New York Times adds e-books to its Bestsellers List, as reported by the Beyond Black Friday blog.  3) Amazon updates the Kindle for PC application — click here for info on it from Andrys Basten — and announces a new app for the upcoming Hewlett-Packard TouchPad tablet.

Tech Tip – Courtesy of Marie Williams’s KinWorm blog, here’s how to listen to podcasts on your Kindle. Click here for video.  Click here to contribute to her work.

Interview (starts at 10:22) – On February 8, 2011, I visited in person with Neil Strandberg, manager of operations at Denver’s Tattered Cover Book Store, about how the e-book revolution looks from the vantage point of one of the nation’s most highly regarded independent booksellers. (Thanks to Stephen Windwalker for his helpful background briefing on the plight of indies, based on his own experience as a bookseller back in the day.)

ContentJeffery Deaver, who was invited to write a new James Bond novel, has been reading Ian Fleming’s From Russia with Love and sharing his highlights and notes publicly for Kindle users. His new book will be titled Carte Blanche and is available for pre-order on Kindle here. I found it fascinating to see what Deaver considered noteworthy in the classic Fleming novel, through the use of Public Notes.

Note: If you purchased and read Stephen Baker’s excellent Final Jeopardy after listening to my interview with him last week, please consider leaving a review of the book here.  I left one myself, here.

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Comments 3

  1. Rick Askenase wrote:

    Len, I thought this was one of your best episodes. Neil was very forthcoming about his bookselling/ebook experience, with Google and otherwise, and is articulate in setting them out.

    As you know, I am NOT a bookseller, rather, just a consumer. But he echoed my own thoughts about the Google ebook initiative with bookstores. That is, THAT IT MAKES NO $$ SENSE! By clicking on Google, you just buy the book from it, and NOT the bookstore. So, no profit there. Really, it is just letting the snake into the garden. Makes no sense at all.

    While I do not do anything on the social netwroks at all, I disagree with his observations, that they play little role in book reading and book enjoyment. I do believe that there are many reading groups working through networks like Facebook (or some book related podcasts) that make great use of this and the participants really enjoy them. As an example, and you interviewed the founder last year, the Kindle Boards site has a whole section devoted to certain book series with a communal reading and commenting going on (Diana Gabaldon is very popular) and I remember reading early last year or previous, that there was a similar effort regarding the book “Infinite Jest” where chapters were assigned, read, and commented on (this was on a site devoted to that). So, I do think that this has a great future, and can excite people about reading new authors.

    I am also intrigued by the public notes in ebooks, and can see, for example, a teacher using it in a classroom assigned book, as well as political commentators on current events books/polemics. And, of course, it can just be fun to follow a favorite author/personality who feels like making their comments public (and possibly raising their public esteem). Lots of possibilities here.

    Posted 12 Feb 2011 at 9:34 am
  2. Marie Williams wrote:

    Hi Len

    I was thrilled to be featured in your Tech Tip section this week. Thank you so much! I hope it inspires other Kindlers to try out listening to “The Kindle Chronicles” and other podcasts on their Kindle.

    All the best, Marie

    Posted 12 Feb 2011 at 4:39 pm
  3. A.O. wrote:

    I haven’t listed to this podcast yes, so maybe this was mentioned. If anyone is wondering if the new page numbers are coming to the Kindle 2, the answer is no. But the I received from Amazon stated that the Kindle team would be made aware that someone is interested in the new feature for the Kindle 2 model.

    Posted 12 Feb 2011 at 11:34 pm

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