TKC 211 Gigi Whiteside

News – 1) The State Department backs away from a $16.5 million Kindle deal (PDF). 2) Have tablets already overtaken dedicated eReaders as the preferred way to read eBooks? Jeremy Greenfield analyzes the data. 3) I love the new Sony Reader PRS-T2‘s Evernote connection, even though it seems flawed at its debut. This is one handsome unit, weighing only 5.9 ounces. I hope Amazon announces something soon that will be even better.

Tech Tips – The new Send to Kindle extension for the Google Chrome browser works great. Just be sure you have Chrome Version 17 or higher before installing it. Also, a column by Mitch Lipka in The Boston Globe explains what to do if you mistakenly send a Kindle gift book to the wrong e-mail address.

Interview (Starts at 19:43) – Gigi Whiteside is an assistive technology specialist for the Fulton County school district, which has approximately 92,000 students in central Georgia.  Her column about how Kindles in her classrooms have helped slow and nonreaders was featured at the landing page recently, so I was interested in tracking her down to hear more of the story. I spoke with her by Skype on Wednesday, August 15th.

Content – Open Road Integrated Media has a nice presentation of late-summer reading to consider, organized like a way-back time machine. A couple that caught my eye were Six Days of the Condor by James Grady and Marlon Brando: A Biography by Patricia Bosworth. Also, Amazon Instant Video on the iPad gets an update adding a useful search function.

Next Week’s Guest: Glenn Thrush, White House correspondent for POLITICO and author of Obama’s Last Standthe third in a series of groundbreaking Kindle Singles covering the Presidential campaign.

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Comments 2

  1. Eolake Stobblehouse wrote:

    You express a little sadness that tablets are overtaking dedicated ereaders for reading. But I think it can be viewed as tablets bringing reading to more people.

    If you think about it, a dedicated ereader only makes sense to somebody for whom book reading is much more important than web reading, games, email, and video combined. That’s not so many people!

    Those “the rest of us” until recently at best had a laptop for all those things, and as you know, a laptop is not great for reading on. But now people kill pigs with birds on tablets, and they can now also read The Girl With The Dragon Kabooz on the same tablets. Net effect, serious reading is only a click away and will probably happen more often.

    Another thing is that now that weight and price are coming way down for tablets, the e-ink screen is the remaining main advantage for ereaders. But it’s not an advantage for everybody. We are a sizeable minority who just don’t like the greyness of it, it’s too dark. Despite me buying every generation of Kindle, my ereading didn’t really take off until the iPad came along, and then it took off fast. And I hear of many people who read on their phones and are now considering the mini-tablet Samsung note or the Nexus Seven. It’s not everybody who are greatly bothered by backlit screens.

    Also, maybe somebody will yet invent what I suggested on your show: an app which will make you wait a bit if you want to leave the ereading app, thus encouraging more reading and less Fruit Ninja.

    Love, Eolake

    Posted 18 Aug 2012 at 9:40 pm
  2. Eolake Stobblehouse wrote:

    The interview and reading results talked about were just amazing!
    (Blogged it at

    Posted 18 Aug 2012 at 11:11 pm