TKC 185 Peter Meyers

News – 1) Are there fewer Amazon Prime members than analysts thought? Anonymous sources tell Bloomberg that’s the case. 2) Laura Hazard Owens reports on Penguin’s decision to no longer offer additional copies of ebooks and audiobooks for purchase via Overdrive, the leading provider of digital content to libraries. Random House earlier raised its prices to OverDrive. A feisty librarian in California pushes back and posts a notice of publishers who don’t make their ebooks available to public libraries. 3) A New York Review of Books blog post argues that ebooks preserve the essence of the written word better than print books. I agree.

Tech Tip – Kindle Support confirms what I found out by my own experiment: You can use an earlier-version Kindle power cord to power up your Kindle Fire, and vice versa.

Interview (starts at 11:13) – I spoke with Peter Meyers, author of the just-published Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual, on February 16th by Skype. Since finishing the 280-page tome, he has returned to work on Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience. This is the second half of the interview. I will post the first half separately as a TKC Extra.

Content – A great new $1.99 word game, Throw in the Vowel, is available for Kindle 2, DX, Kindle Keyboard, and $79 Kindle. I’ve tried it, and it’s an elegant, challenging creation by the editor of the Me and My Kindle blog.  On my Kindle Fire, I’ve enjoyed trying out a free app named Tonido, which enables you to open content on your Fire from your computer, and vice versa, using WiFi.

Other Links Mentioned – A behind-the-scenes video of the Audible headquarters. Hyperion by Dan Simmons (Audible and Kindle versions).

Next Week’s Guest: Dan Stone, author of “Amazon’s Hit Man: Larry Kirschbaum Was the Ultimate Book Industry Insider Until Amazon Called.”

The next TKC Google Plus Video Hangout: Wednesday, February 22 at 3 p.m. EDT.

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Comments 4

  1. Al wrote:

    On the Extra for this week, I did not have any problem reading PDF file as far as size goes, but it was extremely annoying to have to resize the page with every page turn. At least the iPad had a double click to get it to fit. Amazon should have made the PDF scrollable so once the width was set it stayed set. If they had done that one thing I would probably have kept it. On the other hand if PDFs had been readable on the Kindle I would have needed neither an iPad nor a Kindle.

    Posted 17 Feb 2012 at 6:48 pm
  2. Steve wrote:

    Some folks dont like this ebook at all and think its a waste:

    Posted 18 Feb 2012 at 3:13 am
  3. Stephen wrote:

    Penguin also no longer allows wifi download of the library book to your Kindle from the library. You have to d/l to your Pc then xfer to the kindle using usb!!

    Posted 20 Feb 2012 at 5:00 am
  4. John McCormack wrote:

    As a new Kindle Touch owner I enjoyed this podcast. The Kindle has opened up a whole new world for me. My wife is a word game ‘aficionado’ but resists all e-readers. I was hoping that “Throw in the Vowel” would help ease her into using the Kindle, but I was a bit disappointed to learn that the game is not available on the Touch. Oh, well. I’ll look for Will Shortz puzzles, since she does the NYT crossword before breakfast.

    PS. Thanks for the tip on the Daily Deal email notification. I just purchased my first Deal – “Washington’s Crossing” – for $1.99.

    Posted 20 Feb 2012 at 4:14 pm

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  1. From The Kindle Chronicles - TKC Extra – First Half of Peter Meyers Interview on 17 Feb 2012 at 2:21 pm

    […] I spoke with Peter Meyers, author of the just-published Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual, on February 16th by Skype. Since finishing the 280-page tome, he has returned to work on Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience. This is the first half of the interview. You will find the conclusion in TKC 185. […]