News – 1) Amazon beats financial analysts’ expectations with its first-quarter earnings report. 2) E Ink Holdings, on the other hand, has its first first-quarter loss since 2009, thanks to Amazon’s “digestion” of E Ink screen inventory that exceeded demand for the last quarter of 2011. Thanks to Sri Peruvemba of E Ink Holdings for providing me with the link to this account in the Taipei Times.
Tech Tip – 1) If you have a Mac and a Kindle, you’re in luck. Amazon this week released Send to Kindle for Mac, which enables you to send personal documents to your Kindle from your Macintosh computer. It works great, providing a “Send to Kindle” option from any print menu, and other handy tools. If you have a PC, you’ll want to check out Send to Kindle for PC. 2) The latest version of the Kindle Fire Firmware, 6.3, made some nice improvements, but I discovered today that there’s something missing from the WiFi settings. You used to be able to forget or save a WiFi network and password, but that option doesn’t exist any more. I confirmed this with a Kindle support tech, because I was getting tired of entering the password for our home network every time I turned on my Fire. I think the WiFi connection itself is improved in reliability, but the customer interface took a step backward, IMHO.
Interview (Starts at 6:03) – Mike Shatzkin, founder and CEO of The Idea Logical Company in New York, spoke with me on April 23rd by Skype about why there was so much hand wringing at the recently concluded London Book Fair, what’s ahead for authors and readers if Amazon’s dominance of the book business grows, and how his father, the late Leonard Shatzkin, who also had an illustrious career in publishing, probably would have been more inclined to applaud Amazon’s disruption than is Leonard’s son. Other topics mentioned: Mike’s Kobo-inspired collection of blog posts, The Shatzkin Files – Volume I, Richard Kennedy of the Drongos playing “Don’t Touch Me,” Joe Konrath, “Funny or Die,” Jane Litte on the Department of Justice antitrust suit, and Mike’s comments on it.
Content – This interview with the co-producer, Matty Simmons, made me think it might be fun to recommend watching “National Lampoon’s Animal House” on your Kindle Fire. So I rented it for $2.99 and watched a half hour of it while working out this morning. Let’s say it’s still not for the faint of heart, so proceed at your own risk. For your reading terror, Stephen King and his son Joe Hill have a new Kindle Single titled Throttle, available for 99 cents.
Mentioned in Comments – Is Jeff Bezos now “dictator for life?” The New York Times’s account of the small publisher who removed his books from Amazon. All of Beethoven’s symphonies for just $5.99 at the Amazon MP3 Store. Readdle. The case for paper, by a paper company, and its useful Knowledge Center.
The Next TKC Google Plus video hangout will be Monday, May 7 at 2 p.m. Mountain Time. If you’d like to receive an invite, please email your G+ profile page URL to me at PodChronicles AT Gmail DOT Com. If you have no idea what that means and you want to participate in the hangout, email me and I’ll be glad to walk you through it.
Next Week’s Guest – Dr. Temple Grandin, author of The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s, discussing how the Kindle and other technology can benefit those with autism and other disabilities. If you are unfamiliar with Dr. Grandin’s work with animals, which revolutionized the livestock industry, you owe to yourself to to watch the BBC’s unforgettable 2006 profile of her titled “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow,” available at YouTube in five parts, as follows: One, two, three, four, and five.