TKC 203 Kevin Eagan

News – 1) An eBooks adoption milestone. 2) eBook library borrowers also buy lots of eBooks, survey shows. 3) Amazon’s invitation for developers around the world to submit apps for international distribution sparks expectations of Kindle Fire availability outside the U.S. 4) Rumor has it the Fire’s price will be trimmed by $50 when the new Fire is launched later this year.

Tech Tips – How to trim what’s stored on your Kindle Fire, if your memory is full. Also, how to sign up for the brand-new Kindle Chronicles Book Club (KCBC). Short version: set up your profile at and send me an email at PodChronicles at Gmail Dot com with your profile name.  Follow me (profile name: Len Edgerly), and buy the first book we’ll read for KCBC, A Gay and Melancholy Sound by Merle Miller. It costs $5.99 at the Kindle Store but you can also borrow it for free if you have a Prime membership. Miller’s novel was the first pick by Nancy Pearl in her Book Lust Rediscoveries partnership with Amazon.

Interview (starts at 22:42) – Kevin Eagan, creator of the Critical Margins blog, spoke with me by Skype on June 19th about social reading, Goodreads, Imagine by Jonah Lehrer, what he misses most about print books, and more.

Content – Throw Me a Vowel, a terrific word game for $1.99, is now available for the Kindle Touch. Flipboardis now available for the Kindle Fire. Kinder Kindle donates Amazon Associates proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Eolake Stobblehouse recommends How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler, but Simon & Schuster has set the price at $13.99. I used eReaderIQ to alert me if the price falls to $9.99. Meanwhile, I’ll wait.

The Kindle Chronicles is now available for Kindle subscription, delivered wirelessly to your Kindle device for 99 cents a month. You will receive podcast show notes each week, plus four written posts each week with information not included in the podcast. And if you are subscribing, please consider leaving a review and ranking at Amazon! Thanks!

Free Webinar – Click here to register for a free webinar that I will give on Wednesday, June 27th from 3 to 4 p.m. EDT for the Professional Outdoor Media Association. The topic will be how you can publish articles in the Kindle Store, and I will be relying heavily on Kate Harper’s essential 99-cent guide, How to Publish and Sell Your Article on the Kindle: 12 Steps for Short DocumentsSpace is limited, so if you want to participate, please register soon!

Next Week’s Guest – Christian Westergaard Hupfeld, creator of eReaderIQ.


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Comments 3

  1. Mark Isero wrote:

    Mr. Eagan makes a great point that he’d like to see groups of readers be able to share notes and to talk about a book inside their Kindles or Fires.

    I agree. Outside sites like Goodreads are good, but I’d rather stay in my book while discussing it with my friends.

    Subtext (for the iPad) is doing some good things, especially in the education sector, but they have not yet made the move to Android.

    To Mr. Eagan’s point that reading is both social and solitary, I also agree. It seems like the Fire could take up the social aspects, while the e-ink Kindle would be best for the solitary.

    Posted 23 Jun 2012 at 12:44 pm
  2. Tom Welch wrote:

    Len, your podcast is not visible on Vista and Firefox browser.

    Posted 24 Jun 2012 at 11:39 am
  3. Chris Schofield wrote:

    Another great episode Len, being from the UK I’m unable to take advantage of the Kindle lending library or any of the other prime benefits that are available to US customers. Hopefully like they did with the Kindle Amazon will roll out these enhancements across Europe in the future.

    This being the case I am giving Goodreads a try, it looks interesting so hopefully there is a solid community there.


    Posted 24 Jun 2012 at 12:08 pm

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