TKC 170 Eric Loss

News – Amazon on November 3rd launched the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, a game-changing add-on to the $79 annual Prime membership. Everyone from David Pogue to MIT’s Technology Review wonders how they can afford to offer free e-books to customers. The Wall Street Journal quotes a worried publisher and notes that the six largest publishers are not participating. Click here for an interesting take from the perspective of public libraries. Paul Biba of TeleRead breaks down the 5,156 books in the Lending Library by category.

Tech Tip – How to send personal documents to your Kindle, again. I keep needing to remind myself exactly how to do this effortlessly. Also, you can still use your @free.kindle.com email address to make sure the transfer doesn’t cost you any 3G/Whispernet charges.

Interview (Starts at 15:37) – I spoke with Eric Loss, 25, on October 31st, as he was, among other tasks, figuring out what books to put on his Kindles for a very long trip. He will soon set sail from Los Angeles aboard his 36-foot yacht named Odyssey on a solo, nonstop circumnavigation of the globe that he estimates will take seven or eight months. Click here for the blog that he plans to update during the adventure using a satellite phone. In our conversation, Eric mentioned a book that inspired him. It’s The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier, unfortunately only available in paper. Click here for a beautiful video set to music of Moitessier on his boat.

Content – Here are some of the titles that caught my eye in the trove of books now available for free lending on your Kindle if you are a Prime member:  Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond, Charlie Wilson’s War by George Crile, Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl, U.S. Army Hand-to-Hand Combat by Department of the Army,  Indignation by Philip Roth, A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews, Let’s Roll by Lisa Beamer, Man on Wire by Philippe Petit, and My Remarkable Journey by Larry King.

Next Week’s GuestLance Ulanoff, editor-in-chief of Mashable.

Next Google Plus TKC Hangout – Wednesday, November 9 at 2 p.m. Mountain Time.

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Comments 3

  1. Doug Stevens wrote:

    When I heard the comment that the Kindle keyboard’s browser no longer worked over 3g, I thought for sure that was wrong, as I’d been using it last week. I tried it last night, going out of wifi range and trying some bookmarked websites. It worked fine. I have version 3.3 firmware.

    Posted 05 Nov 2011 at 10:24 am
  2. Dan Meyers wrote:

    I’m pretty sure he is wrong as well. The fine print for the Kindle Keyboard 3G and the Kindle Touch 3G are below.

    Experimental Features
    WebKit-Based Browser
    Kindle Keyboard features an experimental web browser based on WebKit to provide a better web browsing experience. Now it’s easier than ever to find the information you’re looking for right from your Kindle. Experimental web browsing is free.

    Experimental Features
    WebKit-Based Browser
    Kindle Touch 3G’s experimental web browser is based on WebKit. It’s easy to find the information you’re looking for right from your Kindle Touch 3G. Kindle Touch 3G enables you to connect to the Kindle Store and access Wikipedia – all over 3G or Wi-Fi. Experimental web browsing on other websites is only available over Wi-Fi.

    Posted 05 Nov 2011 at 6:56 pm
  3. Mary O'Dea wrote:

    Re. Kindle Lending Library. “‘The Big Six’ are not participating.”

    This makes me wonder how long they will remain ‘The Big Six’. If they keep their stuff away from our eyes, our eyes will find other publishers’ stuff and they’ll eventually start losing authors. If I were The Big Six, I’d cherry-pick a few titles for the project, including a couple of well-marketed ones to rotate in for a limited period and learn from what happens with them. Amazon’s lending model isn’t a big giveaway. If I were HarperCollins, I’d be *fighting* for my titles to be the ones borrowed by Prime members.

    Posted 23 Dec 2011 at 10:18 am

Trackbacks & Pingbacks 3

  1. From The Kindle Chronicles - TKC 171 Lance Ulanoff on 12 Nov 2011 at 2:02 am

    [...] Loss Update: Our intrepid 25-year-old voyager, interviewed in the previous episode of the podcast, set sail on November 7th from Los Angeles on his solo, nonstop circumnavigation of [...]

  2. From The Kindle Chronicles - eReader Tip: When Sailing Solo Around the World, Bring an Extra Kindle on 28 May 2012 at 8:06 pm

    [...] since I interviewed Eric Loss on October 31, 2011, just before his departure on a solo circumnavigation of the world, I have been following his [...]

  3. From The Kindle Chronicles - TKC 210 Eric Loss on 10 Aug 2012 at 11:05 pm

    [...] Click here for videos of a gale. My first chat with Eric before he embarked on his voyage is here, and our conversation in January during an unplanned layover repairs in Chile is here.  In a [...]

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