TKC 217 James McQuivey

News – 1)  Via Eolake Stobblehouse, news that the U.K. Kindle Store lists Kindle Fire HD 7″ without Text to Speech. 2) DigiTimes reports shipment delays for the Kindle Paperwhite. 3) Wal-Mart stops carrying the Kindle. 4) Barnes & Noble introduces its new Nooks.

Tech Tip – Q&A on WhisperSync for Voice and Immersion Reading. More on Bluetooth keyboard problems with Kindle Fire HD. How to use the free Pulse News app to subscribe to the RSS feed of The Kindle Chronicles blog on your Kindle Fire.

Interview (Starts at 20:40) – James McQuivey, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, tells where Amazon’s latest devices are likely to cause the most disruption.

Content – The Song of Achilles, a novel by Madeline Miller, is a good example of how the traditional publishing apparatus does bring excellent books into the world, in this case after 10 years of writing and revision. Click here for the Kindle version with audio/video extras playable only on iOS devices.

Next week’s interview guest – Yael Goldstein Love, cofounder of Plympton, creator of serialized fiction for digital readers.

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  1. Eolake Stobblehouse wrote:

    I wrote Amazon UK about there not being text-to-speech mentioned for their KindFire HD.
    They answered that there was. I asked “are you sure?” and pointed to the two different pages of features, where the UK one doesn’t list TTS. And I haven’t gotten any answer to that, so I guess there’s a bit of confusion about it.
    But I don’t see why they would leave it out of the sales page, it’s basic marketing that you list *all* the advantages you can think of, since each one will help with a few sales.

    Posted 28 Sep 2012 at 8:44 pm

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