TKC 150 Dave Pell

News – 1) TechFlash’s Bethany Overland has a good overview of Amazon’s recent forays into the world of Big Publishing.  2) My new Nook arrived today, and I like it, with caveats. Instapaper’s Marco Arment has a thorough comparison of it with the Kindle 3 here.

Tech Tip – How to sign up for free articles each week delivered to your Kindle by Delivereads.

Interview (starts at 18:55) – Some friends of Dave Pell gave him a Kindle six months ago to help him with his Internet addiction.  It worked, sort of, except now he’s back on the Internet looking for great articles to e-mail directly to the Kindles of a fast-growing number of subscribers to his new creation, Delivereads. Dave blogs here and twitters here.  I reached him by Skype in San Francisco on June 1.

Content – Be sure to check out Amazon’s Sunshine Deals for the Kindle – more than 600 books for 99 cents, $1.99 and $2.99.  Offers end June 15, 2011.

Next Week’s Scheduled Guest: Susan Orlean, author of a bestselling Kindle Single, Animalish.

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  1. Tom Semple wrote:

    Regarding the ‘non-dark’ fonts, I suspect it is probably because the fonts have not been sufficiently ‘tuned’ to the eink display. Witness how many times a Kindle update has mentioned ‘darker fonts’. The eink has only 16 greyscale levels, and if you just take a font designed for an LCD screen (with typically 256 greyscale levels) and use it on a 16-level greyscale screen, there’s going to be some difference, if not degradation. So each glyph in each font needs to be adjusted so that (for example) a vertical stroke that is 2 pixels wide is rendered in exactly two vertical rows of pixels and not 3, where antialiasing kicks in and gives a single vertical column in black with some light grey on either side, hence a stroke that appears ‘lighter’ or less distinct.

    From most accounts, including yours, Nook is a solid release, but I would say it is an update or two away from achieving its full potential (something which Kindle owners can relate to). Whether B&N will take the trouble to adjust the fonts (or indeed is even licensed to be able to do so) is another question. Perhaps we’ll also see improved PDF handling, landscape viewing, and the return of the webkit web browser of Nook 1gen, with an improved touch interface.

    BTW I am guessing that the Nook screen’s greater ‘inset’ from the surrounding bezel is due to the presence of the IR sensors that surround the screen and that provide ‘touch’ sensitivity. Since they aren’t built in to the bezel itself, there has to be some additional space built in to define the layer a finger needs to penetrate to activate a touch event (others note that you don’t actually need to physically touch the screen, just get very close to it).

    And thanks for the Pell interview, which I think highlights one of the Kindle’s more overlooked and useful features: ability to funnel content to it (with conversion) via its @kindle.com email address. Together with Kindle’s limited but useful web browser, it is a clear plus over the Nook’s (or Kobo etc.) lack of leverage of wi-fi capabilities. Kindle could improve this further by adding a ‘save to Kindle’ feature to its web browser (to save content shown in Article mode for offline reading).

    Posted 06 Jun 2011 at 2:40 pm

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