News – My thoughts on the Kindle Fire HD 7″
on the topics of audio quality, size, the new and improved Text To Speech lady, WhisperSync for Voice, and Immersion Reading. Also: a quick look at $69 Kindle, an eBook price war launched by Amazon, Mike Shatzkin’s praise of Amazon and thoughts on eBook pricing, and a big boost for WorldReader from major publishers.
Interview (starts at 18:27) – I returned to the US Headquarters of E Ink Holdings on September 11 to visit with Sri Peruvemba, chief marketing officer, nearly four years since the last time he and I met in person for the interview in TKC 18. Much has changed, but E Ink still sets the standard for technology driving the eBook Revolution.
Content – Oral Literature in Africa by Ruth H. Finnegan is available as a free download from UnGlue.it, the startup’s first completed pledge drive to raise funds in order to “unglue” books for Creative Commons distribution. Amazon is offering 22 free Kindle/Audible titles that you can try out as a test of the new WhisperSync for Voice. If you would like to help proofread and offer feedback on the working draft of my upcoming eBook article, Inside the Hanger at Amazon’s Santa Monica Press Conference, please send me an email at PodChronicles AT Gmail DOT com with “Proofreading” in the subject line. I will email you back .doc and .mobi versions of my draft. Thanks!
Next Week’s Guest – Jeff Belle, vice president of Amazon Publishing, which publishes Amazon’s latest invention in publishing, Kindle Serials.
And a Hat Tip from the Kindle Chronicles to the E Ink team that enabled the launch of the Kindle Paperwhite reader: