Tech Tips – All about X-Ray on the Kindle Touch, including a video clip from the Amazon press conference last fall. Also, how to sideload a photo from your computer to your Kindle Fire.
Interview (starts at 11:45) – On the very day of this podcast’s fourth anniversary, I had the chance yesterday, July 26th, to interview Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, at the company’s headquarters here in Seattle. He told me what the biggest surprise has been in the seven years since early design work began for the Kindle, and he explained why he thinks there will always be a role for purpose-built reading devices. Plus: what’s up with Stephen King, why missionaries make better products than mercenaries, and much more.
Content – Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust Rediscoveries series is a heart-warming project for anyone who loves books, and you’ll hear all about it in next week’s double-length interview with Nancy which I just finished recording here at the hotel in Seattle. Meanwhile, I hope you will check out the first two books of the series, now available for purchase and delivery–A Gay and Melancholy Sound by Merle Miller and After Life by Rhian Ellis–as well as these two that you can pre-order for delivery later this year: Fool by Frederick G. Dillon and The Last Night at the Ritz by Elizabeth Savage. On my Kindle Fire, I’m enjoying His Girl Friday starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.
My thanks to all my listeners whose support and feedback have made doing this podcast every week for four years an amazing journey. And thanks to the team at Amazon, and their happy dogs–you’ll find out why in my intro to the interview–for daring to be misunderstood long enough to change the way we read.