TKC 157 Jeff Kingston

News – 1) Amazon announces Kindle Textbook Rental.  PaidContent’s Laura Hazard Owen has a smart story on it.  In this video, Chris Pirillo wishes they’d done it when he was in college. 2) My hands-on review of the new iRiver Story HD, optimized for the Google eBookstore.

Tech Tip – My wife Darlene appreciates how the Shelfari “Book Extra” information helps her organize books in a mystery series, but she wishes Amazon would offer more organizing tools for her archive.

Interview (begins at 17:13)- I spoke on July 18, 2011 (Eastern time) by Skype with Jeff Kingston, Director of Asian Studies at Temple University Japan. He is the editor of Tsunami: Japan’s Post-Fukushima Future, a timely e-book published by Foreign Policy Magazine. Nearly all of the $4.99 purchase price is being donated to the Japan Society, which will send proceeds directly to tsunami relief efforts on Japan’s northern coast.

Jeff also alerted me to Direct Relief  –  a great organization because 100 percent goes to charities. It has an endowment to cover its overhead and costs and works with some excellent Japanese nonprofit organizations that need funding because there is still so much work to do in the Tohoku region. Click here to contribute to tsunami relief through Direct Relief.

Content – Amazon’s Big Deal sale of more than 900 Kindle books for 99 cents, $1.99 and $2.99 ends July 27th. PaidContent has the story here.


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Comments 3

  1. Jim Jones wrote:


    Very interesting insight on application of the emerging genre of contemporaneous history (oxymoron?). I think the awareness-raising aspect is particularly potent. As you and Professor Kingston were discussing the ability to report on large events in an almost real-time manner, though, my thought was that I hope the brave new world of digi-publishing still has room for the more reflective pieces that might not come out until a year later. Especially for public policy concerns, but even for a richer understanding of the focal topic, a little distance can be very helpful (underscoring your comment about the desirability of some kind of “date-stamp” in these kinds of pieces).

    Posted 22 Jul 2011 at 12:40 pm
  2. Julie wrote:

    I understand your wife’s frustration with series. I keep a text file on my computer that I update frequently that includes books I’ve read, complete with a mini synopsis, and the order of the books in a series from info I’ve found online. Upload into Calibre and send via WiFi to my Kindle. Latest version is always saved in DropBox. 🙂

    Very helpful for my addled brain!

    Posted 25 Jul 2011 at 2:51 pm
  3. Karen Horvath wrote:

    Len, you can edit Metadata in Calibre the ebook converter software, I’m not sure it would stay edited if you sent the book back to the archive.

    Posted 25 Jul 2011 at 4:17 pm