TKC 188 Lawrence Lessig

News – 1) DigiTimes and BGR report that success of the Kindle Fire is putting a damper on eInk Kindle sales. The New York Times weighs in with a good comparison of reading on a multipurpose tablet versus a dedicated eInk reader. 2) The Wall Street Journal quotes unnamed sources to report that the Department of Justice is readying an antitrust suit against Apple and the Big Five Publishers who brought us the agency model for (over)pricing ebooks. 3) Apple unveils the next iPad – never mentioning, CNET notices, a certain upstart 7-inch competitor. But wait: PCWorld considers rumors of an iPad Mini for $299.

Tech Tips – Amazon now makes it easy to reset the Furthest Page Read across your Kindles and Kindle apps. Click here for details at My Kindle Stuff. Clippingsconverter is a free web tool for creating beautiful collections of your notes and highlights from the MyClippings file on your Kindle devices. And, how to make a mindmap on your Kindle Fire and tweet it using ES Explorer.

Interview (Starts at 20:19) Lawrence Lessig has a new eBook out from Byliner titled One Way Forward: The Outsider’s Guide to Fixing the Republic. I spoke with him in his office at Harvard on February 29th about how the ebook (and its companion print-on-demand version) relate to his book published in October of last year, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress – and a Plan to Stop It. You can help him with a planned free update of One Way Forward here. Lessig gave a sobering assessment of what’s ahead if the corruption of Congress is not addressed in a meaningful way. He also shared an innovative way of doing research for a book using notes and highlights made on his Kindle for iPhone app. Other links related to our conversation: Winner-Take-All-Politics by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson; Lessig’s Free Culture at the Kindle Store and in free PDFThe Anti-Corruption Pledge; Corey Doctorow’s praise of One Way Forward; and Dwight Garner’s lame dismissal.

Content – Now and Then – a good, new source of serious nonfiction.  Random House will publish 10 Judy Blume titles as ebooks this month. Citibank offers a free app for the Kindle Fire. Also on the Fire: Mint.

SxSW Meetup – The Kindle Chronicles will join forces with hosts of the eBook Ninjas Podcast for a meeting during South by Southwest Interactive Sunday, March 11, at 8:30 Central time. Location: Ginger Man Pub, 301 Lavaca Street, Austin. If you’ll be in the area, please stop by!

Upcoming Guests – Next week: conversations with interesting people at SxSW. TKC 190 on March 23: James McQuivey of Forrester Research. TKC 191 on March 30: novelist Margaret Atwood, who has just published I’m Starved for You from Byliner.

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Comments 3

  1. John McCormack wrote:

    Thanks for the link to Julie Bosman and Matt Richtell’s article on the immersive vs. distractive aspects of e-reading. I bought the Kindle because I wanted its dedicated focus on reading. As I get to know the non-reading features of the Kindle I’ve come to realize it also offers a range of distractions, i.e, games. So far I’ve managed to resist downloading any purely specious games, but enjoying a game of ‘KenKen’ or ‘Throw in the Vowel’ can’t be all that bad, can it? I’m glad I didn’t buy the Kindle Touch with 3G and doubly glad I don’t have WiFi in my house.

    Speaking of Julie Bosman, she also spoke about backlist releases with Sam Tanenhaus on the most recent NYT Book Review podcast (3/9/12). Random House’s will be offering e-book releases of not only Judy B-L-U-M-E books but also 60 of John Updike’s works and one posthumous essay collection. I look forward to once again following the trail of a digitized “Rabbit” Angstrom.

    Posted 10 Mar 2012 at 8:44 pm
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    John, I haven’t heard that episode of the Book Review podcast yet – it’s one of my favorites. Good news re: Updike! Julie often seems to side with publishers in battles with Amazon, IMHO, so it was fun to see her taking the side of e-ink readers against the new foe, tablets. The enemy of my enemy etc.

    Posted 10 Mar 2012 at 10:58 pm
  3. Rebecca wrote:

    I’m not getting anything when I try to listen, in fact it says 00:00 of 00:00. Obviously the others here got to hear it.

    Posted 11 Mar 2012 at 8:30 pm