TKC 135 Darlene

News – 1) Amazon releases a new and improved version of its free Kindle app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. 2) The book lending site formerly known as Kindle Lending Club has a new moniker, but the same well-designed tools to loan and borrow Kindle titles. 3) Seth Godin has a deal for us. For every 5,000 people who sign up for his free Domino Project e-mail letter before February 21, 2011, he and Amazon will lower the pre-order price for his upcoming book, Poke the Box, by a dollar. Click here for his video about what he’s up to. BTW, Seth will be my guest next week for TKC 136. 4)  Borders files for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the federal Bankruptcy Code 5) The final chapter of Stephen Baker’s Final Jeopardy! finally arrives on my Kindle, late in the day on the day after IBM’s Watson gave a digital thumpin’ to the best human Jeopardy players on the planet.

Tech Tip – Yes, Virginia, you CAN read digital books you purchased at the Google eBookstore (or even better, the Tattered Cover) on your Kindle. The eBook Reader Blog shows us how.

Interview – My wife Darlene solves the mystery of the more than 250 mystery books that have been gathering dust for the past two years on the bookshelves of our bedroom here in Cambridge. Books mentioned: The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Understanding Media by Marshall McLuhan.  If you, like me, are a fan of the McLuhan classic, please click here to the “Tell the Publisher!” you’d like to read this book on Kindle.

Content – Kate Harper’s helpful article about how to publish articles for the Kindle store is titled How to Publish and Sell Your Article on the Kindle: 12 Tips for Short Documents, and it costs 99 cents. She’s offering another article, free to Kindle Chronicles listeners, showing how to create a cover for a book you’d like to publish for Kindle.  Details in the audio.

Links Mentioned in Comments

The BBC’s Wilbert Rideau interview.

Beyond the Book podcast interview with Michael Cairns on the challenge e-books pose to the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) system.



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  1. Mike Poteet wrote:

    Hi, Len! I am a new Kindle owner and am so glad to have discovered your podcast. I look forward to each week’s episode (and became a paid subscriber just today — thanks for all your hard work!).

    I was interested to hear you and Darlene comment that you are not aware of a book’s size or length when reading it on Kindle. While I may not be aware of how many pages a book has (at least not until I get my 3.1 update!), I do find myself constantly distracted by the status bar at the bottom indicating my progress. It often makes me unconsciously treat reading the book as a race, or one more task to be completed.

    Do you know of any way to turn off the status bar? It doesn’t seem to be an option, and I really think it should be.

    Again, thanks for a great podcast!

    Mike Poteet
    Havertown, PA

    Posted 18 Feb 2011 at 11:20 am