News – 1) Released this week, the new Kindle Fire already has its first software update, to version 6.1. Andrys Basten has the story here. 2) AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is preparing a response to the Fire, namely a 7-inch “iPad mini” to be released early next year. 3) I offer my personal observations after using the Kindle Fire and Touch for several days. For other takes, be sure to check out reviews by Walt Mossberg, David Pogue, Tim Stevens of Engadget, Andy Ihnatko, and Bufo Calvin. Also, don’t miss well-done summaries of reviews by Abhi and Andrys Basten.
Tech Tip – What a great idea: take advantage of Amazon’s brilliant openness regarding third-party apps and sideload, say, the Barnes & Noble Nook reader app onto my Fire. Well, I didn’t get very far. If you want to try this for yourself, you might consider clicking here, here, and here.
Interview (Starts at 20:47) – Stephen Windwalker, creator of Kindle Nation Daily, reflects on this week’s arrival of the Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch and announces the birth of his own new contribution to Kindle content. I spoke with Steve today, November 17th, by Skype and phone all the way from Cambridge to Arlington, Mass. For information on the weekly KND Fire Sweepstakes, in which you could win a free Kindle Fire, click here. Steve’s historical perspective includes the prescient question he asked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in a radio conversation in June of 2008. (Fast forward to about 23:26 to 27:00.)
Content – Since making my 10-minute video review of the Kindle Fire, I’ve changed my mind about which magazine design I prefer on the Fire. I now see that publications like Rolling Stone offer the reader more choices in font size and readability than the, by comparison, locked-down design of the Conde Nast publications, including The New Yorker.
EBook Ninjas Podcast – Joshua, Chris and Toby at eBook Architects in Austin know e-book formatting inside and out, so their podcast is a feast of useful information and opinion on all things e-book. I had a great time joining them for this week’s show via Skype, to talk about the new Kindles.
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