TKC 181 Catherine MacDonald

News – 1) OverDrive reports tremendous growth in borrowing of e-books at public libraries and schools during 2011.  2) Apple makes a bold move into the e-textbooks market. John Gruber and others ponder the fine print of the End User License Agreement, which contains language restricting what you can do with an iBook that you create using Apple’s free iBook Author tool. 3) Amazon releases firmware updates for the Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch. 4) Via Business Insider, a surprising new survey breaks down what we’re using our Kindle Fires for.

Tech Tips – From Jim Cheshire’s excellent new book, My Kindle Fire, we’ll learn a handy way to save steps when punctuating with the virtual keyboard of the Fire. (Click here for my interview with Jim in September, 2008, for TKC 10.)

Interview (Starts at 18:00) – Catherine MacDonald, founder of, spoke with me from Nova Scotia on January 16th about the impressive growth her site has experienced in its first year of operation. Click here for my interview with her a year ago, from the island nation of Malta.

Content – In Topazon’s latest list of the top-ranked products on all of Amazon, there is only one book, The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick’s Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption by Jim Gorant.  Via Pastor Mark Pierce of Church Requel, I learned of an impressive Kindle Fire App by YouVersion that offers lots of ways to encounter The Bible. Click here for a sample of Pastor Mark’s sermon notes, using YouVersion, and here for his podcast.

The Next G+ Video TKC Hangout: Wednesday, January 25, at 1 p.m. Mountain Time.

Next Week’s Guest: Eric Loss, making a stop for repairs in Chile during his solo circumnavigation of the world.

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Comments 3

  1. Peggy Poellot wrote:

    I liked the sample of the YouVersion Bible and installed in on my Samsung phone. BUT after I had created an account and opened the KJV on my phone, I wanted to change to another version and was asked to sign in and when I did, the sign in I had just created was said to be invalid. I tried several times to change it and the app would not except it so I am stuck with the KJV. Oh well. I find Android apps to be a bit buggy.

    Posted 21 Jan 2012 at 11:38 am
  2. Elizabeth wrote:

    A regular (weekly) library patron for years due to our awesome public library system, but I now visit the library less due to the Kindle Library Lending through Overdrive. This has been especially nice this winter to download an ebook version. I have also been able to help others understand that they can still read without having to remember to physically return books (a common excuse for busy adults) by using Overdrive with or without the Kindle. Thanks to all the organizations and staff who put this collaborative effort into place.

    Posted 25 Jan 2012 at 6:00 pm
  3. Sybile wrote:

    I’m contacting you because I’ve read many articles on your blog and find it very interesting.

    I am a reporter working for the French TV M6, located in Paris.
    My program, Capital, is the French leading economic program and reaches an audience of 4 million people, on Sunday evening, prime time.

    We are currently working on a 25 minutes story on the e-readers and the Kindle.

    We are planning to come to the West Coast ( mainly Seattle and Los Angeles) in early February 9th . We should stay there a few days.

    We thought it would be great to show how the Kindle can be used in classrooms in the United States.
    I was wondering if you could help me find students that actually use the Kindle in the classrooms and for scholar work.
    We would love to come film those classes for a couple of hours to fully understand how the Kindle can be used in schools.

    I know that the Seattle schools and universities are very much involved in the use of digital technologies so it might be interesting to show it to the French students, where e-readers are slowly starting.

    Please feel free to reach me on my email or my phone at ( +33) 1 41 92 39 16 or (+33) 6 45 56 66 03 (cell)

    Thank you so much for your help,

    Best Regards,

    Sybile Penhirin
    M6 – CAPITAL

    Posted 26 Jan 2012 at 6:29 am