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 Audible.com 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.