News – 1) The announcement of Microsoft’s $605 million investment in as-yet-unnamed Barnes & Noble entity sparks some far-out reaction. 2) The Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight is pretty cool for reading in bed, but in my opinion what it lacks in sophisticated reading tools available on the Kindle Touch far outweighs the innovative built-in light.
Tech Tips – Don’t forget you can share Audible content on your Amazon account. Tom Semple points out that the Kindle Touch 5.1.0 update enables zooming on larger-than-standard-size images. Via Eolake Stobblehouse, an article by Adam Engst tipped me off to Aldiko Reader, a good Kindle Fire app for reading ePUB files.
Interview (Starts at 16:44) – I visited Dr. Temple Grandin at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, on April 30 and brought with me an array of Kindles and an iPad. Her considerations of the devices as reading aids for those on the autism spectrum were candid and astute. Her bestselling books include Animals Make Us Human: Creating the Best Life for Animals and The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s. The story of how she used her personal experience of autism to revolutionize the livestock business was dramatized in an HBO special starring Claire Danes.
Jean Remple Recommendations from Paris: 1) French Kids Eat Everything: How our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters by Karen Le Billon. 2) French Children Don’t Throw Food: Parenting Secrets from Paris by Pamela Druckerman, available from Doubleday on Kindle for the U.S. audience retitled as Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting.
The Next TKC Google Plus Video Hangout will be held Monday, May 7 at 2 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. I hope you’ll stop by during the hour to join a lively conversation about all things Kindle and e-books. If you have not participated before and would like to receive an invitation when I start the hangout, please email the URL of your Google Plus profile page to me at PodChronicles AT Gmail DOT com.