Kindle’s Summer Surprise: Hot New Paperwhite for Same Price

Kindle Paperwhite FrontI didn’t see this one coming.

Amazon this morning announced a brand new version of its flagship Kindle, the Paperwhite, available for pre-order now with shipments beginning June 30.

They’re calling it “New Kindle Paperwhite.” Its screen resolution is 300 pixels per inch (ppi), an impressive upgrade–more than twice the pixels– from the current 212 ppi screen. At 300 ppi, the new Paperwhite has the same laser-quality text as Amazon’s top-of-the-line Kindle Voyage.

The new Paperwhite is priced the same as the old–$119 for WiFi only with special offers, $189 with WiFi/3G and special offers, and $209 with WiFi/3G and no special offers.

Welcome to Paperwhite 3.

The first Paperwhite was introduced on October 1, 2012, followed by Paperwhite 2, with a higher-contrast display and faster processor, on September 3, 2013. You can tell the difference in these models by looking on the back. The original Paperwhite has “Amazon” on the back; Paperwhite 2 says “Kindle.” From the advance press information I received yesterday, I can’t discern how we will tell a Paperwhite 3 from its older siblings.

In addition to the big improvement in screen resolution, Paperwhite 3 will offer new typography and layout features. Warning: these changes will be subtle, boring, and incomprehensible for most civilian readers, involving terms like “kerning” and “ligature.”

For example, the “all-new typesetting engine” will nudge the tail of the letter y under the l in the word “quietly,” to make the letters fit better together. This is the ancient art of typesetting, brought forward to the digital age in eBooks, and it’s actually pretty cool.

It makes sense to me that these very small improvements in character placement–combined with updates in word spacing, the addition of hyphenation and drop caps to emphasize the first word of a chapter–will add up to better readability for the Kindle 3.

The new Paperwhite will also have Bookerly, the font that Amazon created from scratch and that is already available on Fire tablets and other LCD-screen devices. I like Bookerly a lot and agree with Seattle’s PR team that it looks “warm and contemporary” on my iPhone 6 Plus screen and Fire HDX tablets.

Another feature of the improved typesetting will be of interest to those of us whose eyesight is failing, which, as I understand it, is everyone over the age of 40. On the Paperwhite 3, when you choose a larger font size your Kindle will automatically adjust the margins, columns, indents, nested lists, borders, and drop caps to make the page as easy to read as possible.

As I read the advance press release yesterday, I was struck by how much the Kindlesphere has changed in the seven years I have been doing The Kindle Chronicles. In the early days, the improvements came in big, fancy product releases. You didn’t need a blog or a degree in typography to know that the Kindle 2 was a whole new animal compared with the clunky but lovable original Kindle. The “wow” factor was part of the fun of those days.

What followed–and we should have known it was coming from a company whose secret web address remains relentless.com–has been unending improvements in the Kindle. The big ones get you easy “wows.” The small ones bring you to total domination of the market, which is where the Kindle sits today, accounting for more than half the U.S. market.

I see the hand of Jeff Bezos behind the letter y dropping below the letter l in “quietly.”

When I interviewed him in Seattle three years ago, he expressed his passion for reading in terms and body language that convinced me he wasn’t fooling around. He started his company selling books, and he is married to a novelist. With all the amazing innovation that Amazon is doing–from web storage to state-of-the-art warehouse robots–I bet the boss checks in with the Kindle team enough to keep them on the hot seat, driving innovation every day of the year.

You can tell that this new Paperwhite is not just a tweak, because of whom the PR team quotes in the press release. It isn’t Dave Limp, the senior vice president for devices. It’s Jeff, saying this:

We love inventing for readers. The new Kindle Paperwhite obsesses over the details that matter most to readers—we’ve added our highest-resolution display so the words are crisp and clear on the page, a new font that is crafted exclusively for reading Kindle books, and a new typesetting engine that makes pages beautiful. Together, these details help you read faster and with less eyestrain, so you can lose yourself in the author’s world.

If you’re still reading on a Kindle 2 or Kindle Keyboard, today might be a great day to upgrade to the newest member of the Kindle lineup.

If you love reading digitally, it’s a good day to feel some gratitude for Team Kindle and its top-to-bottom obsession with details that matter most to readers. Bravo!

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TKC 358 Michelle Miller

Author of The Underwriting

Interview starts at 19:39 and ends at 39:40

I was a first-time novelist; I didn’t have a name at all. So it was a great way to find my audience before I tried to find an agent and a publisher. I think that is such a daunting process for writers, to find someone to pay attention and beyond paying attention to understand their work and let them maintain their vision. (Photo Copyright Tommy Mendes)

 News
“Bezos’s obsession translates to this honor for Amazon” by Andria Cheng at MarketWatch – June 4, 2015
“Up the Amazon with the BS Machine” by Ursala K. LeGuin at Book View Cafe – June 1, 2015
Tech Tips
Interview with Michelle Miller
The Underwriting by Michelle Miller
Michelle Miller interviewed on Bloomberg (video) – May 29, 2015
“How Serialized Fiction is Rewriting the Book” – at South by Southwest Interactive 2015
Content
“29 Books You Should Definitely Bring to the Beach This Summer” by Lincoln Thompson at BuzzFeed Books – June 8, 2015

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 357 Prof. Krystine Batcho

bProfessor at Le Moyne College
 
Interview starts at 17:02 and ends at 44:15
 
If it keeps your attention, and you’re enjoying it, and it’s making you think—that’s the book for you.
News
“Trade Sales Fell in February” by Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly – June 5, 2014
BEA panel on Publishing in China
“China and Publishing: The Best of Times, or the Worst of Times?” by Rachel Aydt at Publishing Perspectives – May 29, 2015
Russ Grandinetti interviewed on China Central Television May 27, 2015
“Discovery Challenges Mount in a Reader-Driven World” at Digital Book World – May 27, 2015
 
Tech Tip
Version 4.9 of the Kindle for iOS app
 
Interview with Prof. Krystine Batcho
“Pros and Cons of Constant Communication” panel – March 13, 2015 at South By Southwest
Le Moyne College website
Articles by Krystine Batcho at Psychology Today
“Nostalgia: A Mental Time Machine” by Krystine Batcho at Psychology Today – May 6, 2014
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Books mentioned: Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut and anything by Albert Camus.
 
Next Week’s Guest
Michelle Miller, author of The Underwriting
 
Congratulations
…to Neil Strandberg, named this week Director of Technology and Operations at Shelf Awareness

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD. 
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TKC 356 Denver Comic Con

Your host flanked by Jack and Sally from "The Nightmare Before Christmas"

Your host flanked by Jack and Sally from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

Intro

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art (Paperback, 1993) by Scott McCloud

Interviews at Denver Comic Con

(Times show when each interview begins)

Andy Mithun of the Stubby Shillelaghs (6:25)

Critical Fail Kickstarter campaign

Clayton Kauffman, 12, of Brush, Colorado (12:20)

Dale Roberts of Dale Roberts Comics (13:56)

Megan Sullivan, director of communications, Aurora Rise (17:23)

“Alex Sullivan, one of 12 Aurora victims, died on 27th birthday” by Ethan Sacks at The Daily News – July 21, 2012

All C’s Collectibles in Aurora, Colorado

Barry Sandoval, director of operations-comics, Heritage Auctions (23:05)

Recommended graphic novels: Saga, Dark Knight, Mouse, Watchmen

Wayne Winsett, owner of Time Warp Comics in Boulder, Colorado (25:05)

Michael Sheyahshe of Native Americans in Comic Books (28:42)

Native Americans in Comic Books: A Critical Study by Michael Sheyahshe

Super Indian at ComiXology

Native Realities Press

Gabe Llanas of Thinking Outside the Long Box podcast

 

Content

Uncanny X-Men (1963-2011) #244 at ComiXology

“Amazon Discounts Two ‘Game of Thrones’ Graphic Novels!” at Me and My Kindle – May 29, 2015

 

Next Week’s Guest

Prof. Krystine Batcho of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, one of my favorite speakers at South by Southwest. I look forward to continuing the conversation we started there about the difference between reading on the Internet and reading books, and other topics that I hope will be of interest to you.

 

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

 

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TKC 355 Hunter Maats and Katie O’Brien

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Authors of The Straight-A Conspiracy

Interview starts at 13:10 and ends at 41:52

What the brain science says is that if you’ve learned one thing, you can learn anything. If your brain has a preference right now, it’s just because you’ve been working on that thing a little more. Your brain is not coming into the world ready to be more Englishy than mathy.

 

News

“What’s The Best Ebook Reader?” at Lifehacker – April 16, 2015

“Five Best Ebook Readers” by Alan Henry at Lifehacker – April 19, 2015

“Most Popular Ebook Reader: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite” by Alan Henry at Lifehacker – April 21, 2015

Kindle Paperwhite

Kindle Voyage

“Turn a $99 Nook Into a Fully Fledged Android Table in Four Easy Steps” by Alan Henry at Lifehacker – February 29, 2012

“Three Suggestions for the Amazon Echo” YouTube video by Norm Gregory – May 15, 2015

Barnes & Nook Simple Touch at Amazon.com

Tech Tips

“Let’s Read PDF Files on the Amazon Kindle Voyage” (video) at Good EReader = March 5, 2015

Interview with Hunter Maats and Katie O’Brien

The Straight-A Conspiracy: Your Secret Guide to Ending the Stress of School and Totally Ruling the World

Straight-A Conspiracy web site

Content

Goodreads “Best Crime & Mystery Books” listopia ratings

Best Literary Mysteries at Goodreads listopia

Best Historical Mysteries at Goodreads listopia

Amazon Books editors’ list of 100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime

Penguin Random House’s browsing area for Mystery & Suspense

Mystery and Thriller titles at Open Road Media

Outro

“A Podcaster’s Passion for EBooks” by Len Edgerly at Open Road Media’s “Feed Your Need to Read” webpage – May 21, 2015

Next Week’s Show

I have a ticket to attend the giant Denver Comic Con May 23rd and plan to bring you a collage of interviews and impressions from this third-largest Comic Con in the US.

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 354 Craig Lambert on Shadow Work

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Photo Copyright Jim Harrison

Interview starts at 21:13 and ends at 39:30

Becoming aware of shadow work enables us to prune away some of the clutter in our lives. Take, for example, surveys—the inundation of our time with surveys, requests for surveys. It seems you can’t buy anything or go anywhere or receive any service without having a followup survey usually emailed to you to ask you, “How did we do?” And I would just encourage the citizens to throw those away if they don’t feel like writing them. We are not obligated to fill out these surveys, but these organizations are preying on our time and asking us to do it. And that’s the kind of clutter that youcan prune away. 

News
“Reorder Prime-Eligible Items” with Echo (Amazon info)
My preferred stylus, with microfiber tip – $7.99
Christopher March and Echo announce big news
“Amazon Publishing Marches On” by Jim Milliot with Rachel Deahl at Publishers Weekly – May 8, 2015
“Amazon’s Hit Man” by Brad Stone at Bloomberg Business – January 25, 2012
Little a, Amazon Publishing’s literary fiction imprint
Two Lions, Amazon Publishing’s young readers imprint
Tech Tips
Kindle Fire HDX 7” 32 GB with Special Offers (Previous Generation -3rd 2013) – $199.00
My eBay auction of Fire HD 6” 16 GB and case (ends Tuesday May 19 at 5:50 pm MDT)
Poetic Slimline Case for Fire HDX 7 (2013) – $14.95 at Amazon.com
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX Origami Case – $44.99 at Amazon.com
Fire Keyboard – $59.99
AmazonBasics Bluetooth Keyboard for iOS devices – $25.99
Interview with Craig Lambert
Shadow Work: The Unpaid, Unseen Jobs That Fill Your Day by Craig Lambert
Earlier book (1981) on shadow work by Ivan Illich
Mind Over Water: Lessons on Life from the Art of Rowing by Craig Lambert (1999)
“Our Unpaid, Extra Shadow Work” op ed piece at The New York Times – October 29, 2011
“Self-Service: A Sign ‘The Robots Have Won?’” radio interview with Craig Lambert for “Here & Now” on WBUR – November 28, 2011
“‘Rise of the Robots’ and ‘Shadow Work’” by Barbara Ehrenreich at The New York Times Sunday Book Review – May 11, 2015
Content
Amazon Editors’ YA Book Club group at Goodreads
Next Week’s Guests
Hunter Maats and Katie O’Brien, coauthors of an indie publishing success story titled The Straight-A Conspiracy: Your Secret Guide to Ending the Stress of School and Totally Ruling the World.
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Claire Test

I have tweaked my workflow for uploading new episodes of the show and want to make sure it works before I begin creating TKC 354 this week.

If you see this and could let me know how it looks and sounds on your devices, I would appreciate hearing from you at PodChronicles AT gmail DOT com.

Here is a link to Amazon.com (feel free to buy something with it!)

 

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TKC 353 Robert Martin at NMX

Rob Martin

Director of the Isaacson School for New Media, Colorado Mountain College

Presentation starts at 5:32 and ends at 43:55

In the 1930s, Walter Benjamin wrote, “The illiterate of the future will not be the man who cannot read the alphabet but the one who cannot take a photograph.” I mean could this guy see far ahead, or what? How many of us have more than one camera on us at all times? Probably everyone in this room.

News

Book Riot podcast

Audible samples now on Goodreads

The Rise & Fall of Great Powers: A Novel by Tom Rachman, narrated by Penelope Rawlins (Audible)

Amazon Destinations

May 2015 Author Earnings Report

Robert Martin’s Presentation at New Media Expo (NMX)

Isaacson School of New Media at Colorado Mountain College

“Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek”  by John Branch in The New York Times – December 20, 2012

Upfront demo

Epson smart glasses

Next Week’s Guest

Craig Lambert, author of Shadow Work: The unpaid, unseen jobs that fill your day.

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 352 Douglas Rushkoff

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Author of Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now

Interview starts at 13:37 and ends at 36:56

I remember a long time ago when Timothy Leary saw one of my first books, Cyberia or something, an early book about cyberculture, and he took it and he was moving his finger along the lines, and going “a line, and a line, and a line—why are you writing books like this? We’re in a different age. We’re in the chaos cyber age. You’ve got to pull things out and hypertext and this and that, go with it.”  I was like, “Yeah, but Tim—it’s a book! It’s not a hypercard stack. It’s not a website, it’s a book, and I’m okay with it being a book.”

News

“Publishing’s Digital Disruption Hasn’t Even Started Yet” by Gareth Cuddy at Digital Book World – April 23, 2015

“The Four Stages of Disruption” by Steven Sinofsky at re/code – January 6, 2014

“Amazon has started helping brands make ads from Kindle e-books” by Lara O’Reilly at Business Insider – April 28, 2015

“Amazon Has Started Using Kindle eBooks as Adverts” by Nate Hoffelder at Ink, Bits & Pixels – April 28, 2015

“How about an entire product placement eBook?” by Juli Monroe at TeleRead – November 12, 2015

The Vanishing Game by William Boyd (free at Kindle Store)

The Vanishing Game web version

Tech Tip

Vocabulary Builder on Kindle

Interview with Douglas Rushkoff

Rushkoff’s web site

Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now (2014) by Douglas Rushkoff (Kindle)

Other Books by Rushkoff available at the Kindle Store

2 Books by Douglas Rushkoff available for free via $9/month Scribd subscription

Audiobook version of Life Inc. by Douglas Rushkoff, available as part of Scribd subscription

“Generation Like” – February 18, 2014 TV documentary for Frontline co-produced and reported by Rushkoff

Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Twitter stream (in Spanish)

Cyberia: Life in the Trenches of Hyperspace by Douglas Rushkoff (1994)

Emmanuel Levenas

Content

Slate’s impressive lineup of podcasts under the Panoply label

Next Week’s Show

The full presentation at NMX by Robert Martin, director of the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 351 Julie Carey of Write Our World

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Founder of Write Our World

Interview starts at 19:15 and ends at 39:47

The necessity of writing a book requires that they talk to the elders in their communities or other people who can help them, so it’s really a wonderful language-building, literacy activity.

 

News

“Four of the big five have new deals with Amazon and only the biggest is still to negotiate one” by Mike Shatzkin at The Shatzkin Files – April 24, 2015

“Genies, vampires and fan fiction give Wattpad a lead against Amazon” by Gerrit de Vynck at The Globe and Mail – March 3, 2015

 

Tech Tips

How the Back button differs on the Kindle E Ink models and the Fire.

How to extend a highlight across pages on the Voyage.

Embarrassing questions from listener Mark Roberts, who is doing a notable Periscope experiment comprising daily Bible readings in real time. You can follow them by using his Twitter handle, @Mark44Roberts.

 

Interview with Julie Carey

Book Creator blog and home page

Blog post by Julie Carey at Book Creator site

Worldreader

Diné Bizaad app for Navajo keyboard

Flat Connections led by Julie Lindsay

Write Our World campaign at Indiegogo – Please consider a donation!

Posner Center

Gerard Strong profile in Westword

Email for Write Our World: writeourworldbooks@gmail.com

Content

Penguin Random House’s spiffy new readers’ web site

A very well done author interviews podcast at the PRH site, Beaks and Geeks

Open Road Media’s new Feed Your Need to Read section

Next Week’s Guest

Author, thinker, and speaker Douglas Rushkoff

 

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

 

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