TKC 216 Jeff Belle

News – A closer look at a sometimes overlooked member of the new Kindle family, the $159 Kindle Fire. It’s a great Fire for reading, because of its half-inch narrower width, and it offers Text-to-Speech which will not be available on the Kindle Paperwhite models shipping next month. One thing it doesn’t have is line spacing, a feature quietly dropped from the new lineup of Fires, as noted by David Rothman. Also, Marcy McKenzie reports trouble getting a Kindle Fire HD to work with Bluetooth keyboards. Amazon sent her a new one, with an earlier system software version, 7.1.1 compared with 7.1.5 and that seemed to solve the problem. And Guven Witteveen reports the Kindle Keyboard 3.4 update seems to have speeded up the device’s ability to make speedy annotations.

Tech Tips – Via Bufo Calvin and others, here is how to make a screenshot with your Kindle Fire HD: hold down the lower-volume button and the power button at the same time for a second, until you hear a camera-like click. Also, Bob Anderson’s no-touch Touch tip for turning the page.

Interview (Starts at 26:24) – Jeff Belle, Vice President of Amazon Publishing, reports the sale of 10,000 Kindle Serials during the first week since the program was launched and describes what he hopes will take place between authors and readers in “virtual-watercooler” discussions as the serials unfold.

Content – Linda Hopkins notes that you have to be a member of in order to take advantage of the free test pairs of Kindle/Audible books using Whispersync for Voice. My eBook article, Inside the Hangar at Amazon’s Santa Monica Press Conference is available at the Kindle Store for $2.99. Thanks to all of you who helped edit and proofread it!

Next Week’s Guest – James McQuivey of Forrester Research.

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Comments 4

  1. Saul Tanpepper wrote:

    Hi Len, I caught your link to your podcast while checking on the discussion over on Neal Pollack’s new book at Amazon Serials. Great interview with Jeff. Really enjoyed it. As an author of a serial which I’ve submitted to the new program, I was hoping to glean some more insider news on possible acquisitions and directions. I’m encouraged by what Jeff had to say and the success of the program’s launch. He does correctly state that the serial format isn’t new. I’d like to add that it’s a format that several independent authors (including myself) have been experimenting with in the digital realm for the past couple of years, some with great success. I believe Amazon has taken note of this. Your question regarding opening the technology up to authors was especially relevant for me, as it’s something I’ve queried Amazon about in the past year. There are both practical and strategic issues that play into whether they will allow authors to publish in this way, some of which seem to have been addressed. In a guest post here ( ), I talk a bit about my own experiences trying to publish an on-going serial using a “pay once” approach without Amazon’s blessing, and the frustrations I and my customers have experienced. I think this is an important conversation to be having with Amazon, as I believe this sort of “virtual watercooler” type of interaction between readers and authors is a natural evolution in the concept of the book and is one which many authors will push heavily for. If you’re amenable, I’d love to follow up with you on this discussion.

    BTW, congrats on the upcoming nups. Best wishes for perfect weather and cheer.

    Posted 21 Sep 2012 at 12:42 pm
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Saul, thanks for your comment. I have added you to my list of potential future guests on the show. It sounds as if you have insight about the serials phenomenon that would be of interest to my listeners!

    Posted 21 Sep 2012 at 1:31 pm
  3. Saul Tanpepper wrote:

    It would be my pleasure, Len. Anytime.

    Posted 21 Sep 2012 at 2:37 pm
  4. Julie wrote:

    Just a heads up about Audible… I can log in with my Amazon user email and password and buy the corresponding free and / or discounted Audible books to already purchased Kindle books. I’ve managed to collect most of the freebies, and have bought a couple of other discounted titles without having to pay a monthly fee to Audible.


    Posted 23 Sep 2012 at 4:09 pm

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