TKC 156 Dan Kennedy

News – 1) Amazon announces a $25 price drop for the Kindle 3G with Special Offers, to $139,  thanks to to a new sponsorship by AT&T. 2) The Wall Street Journal cites people who know in giving details of Amazon’s tablet plans, as well as reports of a Kindle 4 and 5. Long live E Ink!  3) Google E-Books get their own device, to be sold at Target stores beginning July 17. Click here for a TechWorld review.

Tech Tip – If your Kindle doesn’t know what time it is, Michael Gallagher will help you get it straight with a Q & A at his Free Kindle Books and Tips blog. Click here to subscribe to Michael’s blog on your Kindle.

Interview (Begins at 13:26)Dan Kennedy, an assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, caught my eye with his lively review of Douglas Coupland’s Marshall McLuhan biography.  So I was glad to have a chance to visit his office for a chat about McLuhan on July 11, 2011.  More McLuhan links: the Playboy interview, a clip from Tom Wolfe’s interview with McLuhan in 1970, the iconic “Annie Hall” cameo appearance, and audio of a full lecture at Johns Hopkins.  As we approach the centenary of McLuhan’s birth on July 21, 1911, I have undertaken my own personal exploration of McLuhan’s life and work, with an eye to understanding e-books in a deeper way.  I’m calling it Understanding McLuhan and have added it to a long-dormant Tumblr blog which you can check out here.

Content–  Foreign Policy has published another worthwhile e-book, Tsunami: Japan’s Post-Fukushima Future, available for $4.99 on Kindle. Buy it now and support the Japan Society, which will send proceeds directly to tsunami relief efforts on Japan’s northern coast.

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Comments 5

  1. MarcC wrote:

    Please post the time-stamp for the interview so we can jump directly to the interview in the audio stream.

    Posted 16 Jul 2011 at 2:14 pm
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Good idea, Marc. The interview starts at 13:26 and I updated the post. I usually add that info but sometimes forget.

    Posted 16 Jul 2011 at 3:31 pm
  3. Al Dimmitt wrote:

    I really enjoy the podcast, and look forward to the weekend, when I know that my Stitcher notification will alert me to its availability. Thanks.

    As a Kindle user for the past two and a half years, and an Audible subscriber for longer, I have recently begun thinking about the various means of experiencing the “written” word. Several years ago, I asked a librarian friend whether she considered herself to have “read” any of the many books that she had listened to. She did not. She viewed listening more as entertainment. We talked about the types of material that worked better in one or another format.

    I’ve also found myself being redundant in formats. I have audible and kindle, kindle and paper, audible and paper, and (rarely) all three. The cross-platform availability is interesting, especially as the kindle catalog has ballooned. Interestingly, I was milling in B&N (which seems increasingly odd) and was looking for a paper copy of a detective novel from a new series I had discovered, and was devouring on the kindle. To my surprise, the retailer had nothing by this author. I have become accustomed to having to fall back on paper, but was not expecting to have it work the other way.

    All that said, I agree With your guest that the ereader may alter when, where, how, and perhaps what we read. In its present form, however, it doesn’t change what reading is and does.

    Thanks for your good work! It is obviously a labor of love for you.

    Posted 17 Jul 2011 at 12:59 pm
  4. Avi Solomon wrote:

    Thanks for an excellent interview about McLuhan – he’d have fun reformatting the Gutenberg Galaxy to render on the Kindle:)

    Posted 18 Jul 2011 at 3:58 pm
  5. Max wrote:

    I was initially upset that after purchasing my wife a Kindle 3G with Special Offers for her birthday 2 weeks ago, I found the price reduced a week later by 25 dollars. Official Amazon policy says that refunds will not be offered in the case of price reductions, nor do they price match. But after hearing about the special support given to Kindle users I decided to call.

    Lo after 15 minutes on the phone, half on hold, a credit to my credit card was put through (to be good in 3 days). Excellent support from Amazon. And I must say after having my Kindle, Wi-fi only, for 3 months now I am amazed at how seamless an experience Amazon offers. I doubt any other e-reader would be as easy.

    Posted 19 Jul 2011 at 12:36 pm