TKC 218 Yael Goldstein Love

News – 1) Tech bloggers like Joshua Topolsky of The Verge have raved about the Kindle Paperwhite, but I have also heard from quite a few listeners who are disappointed in the newest E Ink Kindle. What’s YOUR opinion? Please leave a comment here or email me at PodChronicles AT gmail DOT com. 2) Google and the Association of American Publishers reach a settlement in a case brought by the publishers challenging Google’s book-scanning project. If I’m reading the details as reported by The Financial Times correctly, a trove of new eBooks may result, accessible on Kindles as well as other eReaders. (To access the FT article try Googling “Financial Times Google eBooks.”)

Tech Tips – Is your Kindle software up to date? Check here for latest versions for all models. I had practice updating Kindle 2s and Kindle Keyboards this week as I prepared donated Kindles for an E-Books for Troops shipment. Also, Tom Semple shares a handy tip for finding Book Descriptions for titles in your Cloud/Archive.

Interview (Starts at 27:27) – Yael Goldstein Love is Co-Founder and Editorial Director of Plympton, a literary studio offering serialized fiction for digital readers. Plympton created three of the first eight Kindle Serials, in response to an invitation from Amazon. The Plympton titles are Hacker Mom by Austen Rachlis, Love is Strong as Death by Carolyn Nash, and The Many Lives of Lilith Lane by E.V. Anderson. My interview with Yael took place in Cambridge on October 1, 2012. Since then, Plympton’s Kickstarter project has blown past its goal of raising $30,000 and you can still participate in supporting this worthy initiative aimed at reviving serialized fiction for the digital age. People and topics discussed in the interview: Byliner, The Atavist, Plympton Co-Founder and President Jennifer 8. Lee, Kindle Singles editor David Blum, Amazon Publishing VP Jeff Belle, and The Pickwick Papers

Listener Survey – I want to thank those of you who filled out the four-question survey I posted last week. There is still time to add your answers here.



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Comments 4

  1. Bob Cope wrote:

    I’m a KP fan…Sure, there’s slight marbling at the bottom of the screen but only slight….The capacitive touch screen is superb and makes reading a real joy…..Having to go to airplane mode to turn the WiFi off will be fixed in a software release….I may go away from Special Offers as they seem to intrude on a good portion of the home screen….But, overall, what’s not to like? Amazon has hit another one out of the park!

    Posted 06 Oct 2012 at 12:02 am
  2. Andrew Everett wrote:

    I’d love to read the complaints you note about the Kindle Paperwhite. As one who just upgraded from a Kindle Keyboard, I find the KP a definite upgrade. The reading experience is vastly improved. The clarity and crispness is so much better than on the KK. And the light built into the screen improves all reading scenarios, not just reading at night. Lastly, the smaller size makes the act of reading easier too. I am a huge fan of my KP.

    Posted 06 Oct 2012 at 6:34 am
  3. Roberto wrote:

    I agree with Bob Cope. My bigeest “complaint” is the extra step needed to turn off WiFi but, like Cope, I am confident that this will be fixed in a firmware update.

    Re: battery life. I have owned every generation of Kindle and in my experience, the first battery charge lasts significantly less time than subsequent ones. I recall being told or, perhaps, reading, that it has something to do with the initial indexing process.

    I have never gotten the kind of battery life that is claimed but, then again, reading for only 30 minutes a day is about as appealing to me as breathing for 30 minutes a day. Also, I am what you might call a “busy reader.” I page back; I use X-ray a lot, etc. In my experience, a charge lasts 5-8 days. I charge the Kindle when the battery bar drops to about 2/5 to 1/3.

    I understand that the price for the wonderful — and I regard it as wonderful — lighted screen is somewhat shorter battery life, notwithstanding Amazon’s claims.

    As for responsiveness, anyone who doesn’t see a difference between the Paperwhite and the Touch must have a defective unit or, perhaps is so bothered by things like the marbling at the bottom of the screen that their perceptions are somewhat skewed.

    Posted 06 Oct 2012 at 7:50 am
  4. harry meyer wrote:

    very happy with kindle paperwhite over all; do have a small problem with the ad’s. the screen saver and small banner ad at bottom on list view not a problem, just like k3; and have used them often enough that i probably have a free kindle, however with the paperwhite touch we finally have cover view, top line is library and bottom is advertisement, dont like this, so paid the 20 $ to remover ads; the screen saver and banner add are gone but the cover page we are still stuck with advertisement, only very weak response from amazon. no answer no concern just their infamous call them

    Posted 08 Oct 2012 at 8:46 pm

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