TKC 175 Robert Darnton

News – 1) Amazon announces KDP Select. 2 ) The Department of Justice joins the European Commission in investigating the agency model for e-book pricing, via ComputerWorld.

Tech Tips – Fire: WiFi Analyzer helps you see if you’re camping on your neighbor’s WiFi channels. Click here for the steps to add Screen Filter (not in the Amazon Adroid App Store) to your Fire as a way to lower the screen brightness when you’re reading in bed. Kindle Touch: Andrys Basten’s rundown of tips includes navigation tips for the Touch. Correction: I confused WEP and WPA in the podcast. George from Tulsa caught the error and states  “The SAFE WiFi Security Standard is WPA. WEP has long been hacked.” My apologies for the mixup!

Interview (Starts at 13:04)Robert Darnton, University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library, gives a thorough update on progress toward the planned April, 2012 2013, launch of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). I visited him at his office in Harvard Yard on Wednesday, November 30. He is the author of The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History and The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future, as well as a New York Review of Books essay in October titled “Jefferson’s Taper: A National Digital Library.”

Content – Music: 25 Days of Free Holiday Music at Amazon’s mp3 Store. Free Prime Movies: “The Gay Divorcee” starring Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers and “You’ve Got Mail” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. App: Stitcher for listening to podcasts on your Fire. Kindle Single: Playbook 2012: The Right Fights Back by Evan Thomas and Mike Allen.

Next Google Plus TKC Hangout: Wednesday, December 14 at 3 p.m. Eastern.

Next Week’s Guest: Sven Birkerts, author of The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age.



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Comments 3

  1. George from Tulsa wrote:


    Sorry, but Len misspoke.

    Do not use WEP encryption on your router

    Use only WPA, WPA2 or personal is fine.

    Have a password that is at least 8 characters longer is better. According to Steve Gibson, security guru, it is ok to have a simple password with words you can remember, then pad it with extra characters, numbers, like zip codes from your past —

    eg., kindlechroniclespodcast66666

    Posted 11 Dec 2011 at 10:11 pm
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Sorry about that! Thanks for catching my error and posting the correction, George.

    Posted 11 Dec 2011 at 10:35 pm
  3. Stephen wrote:

    Beyond Pod is another excellent podcast app. It lets you stream them or download them yo your Fire fir offline playing podcasts in your car/on the go.

    Posted 13 Dec 2011 at 4:13 am

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