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Amazon Kindle 2 Slated For “Early Q1?

The images that surfaced of the new Kindle in October are real - it’s a longer device but not as thick as the original Kindle, and fixes some of the button issues that plague users (like accidental page turns). A larger-screen student version is still scheduled for the first half of 2009.

Full story at TechCrunch

On the Road: The Kindle, Barbecue Joints, and Lobster Shacks

There is a review on Amazon for the book Roadfood: The Coast-to-Coast Guide to 700 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners, and Much, Much More.

The review is titled: "Roadfood Not Adapted to Kindle"

In the comments to the review there is a lively debate about whether the review of the format is appropriate.

I think the review does raise the issue that if books are converted to an electronic format they should at least be formatted so they can be used in a non frustrating way.

Creative Commons Tech Summit - December 12th

For those of you interested in the metadata production and use in web technologies:

Creative Commons will hold its second technology summit on December 12, 2008, in Cambridge, MA. The summit will focus on the application of Semantic Web technologies to Creative Commons', Science Commons' and ccLearn's missions. Topics covered will include ccREL/RDFa, the Neurocommons project and an update on the Universal Education Search (metadata-enhanced search) project.

Full program information and registration available here

"The Technology Summits are about connecting the larger developer and technical community that’s sprung up around Creative Commons licenses and technology, so we want to provide a venue where people doing interesting work can share it." - Nathan Yergler, CTO

Cell phone or a Kindle?

Oprah discussed the Kindle on her show a couple weeks ago. See LISNEWS story about that here. At the Oprah.com website there is a posting from a user complaining that Oprah has on financial people that say not to spend money on things we want just on things we need and then has a show promoting the $350 Kindle. Other people have commented both pro and con to the point. I found one person's comments to be particularly interesting: I loved the show about the Kindle. My 12 year old daughter is such a huge reader..... when I saw the show I thought it would be a great christmas present for her. but since I was not working at the time I thought there would be no way that we could afford one. (actually two because I want one too). My daughter is always researching new books to read and is always nickle and diming us to death. We come from a small community and our library is 30 miles away. Also, they never have the new releases, so we are ordering books on line since we want to encourage her to keep reading. Tonight I asked her if she would rather have a Kindle or a cell phone. She has wanted a cell phone for the last 2 years, but just can't justify the monthly charges. But tonight, when I talked with her, she said she would rather have a Kindle which was wonderful.

Google Settlement Has A Few Unseen Wrinkles for Authors

The $125 million settlement between Google and a class-action group headed by the Author’s Guild and Association of American Publishers, at first glance looks like the perfect dream for authors. After a five-year court battle against Google, authors and publishers may at last see some compensation for books initially scanned without permission by the search mogul.

That’s the good news. However, a closer look at the 323-page legal tomb gives rise to some questions that publishers, authors and their agents may want to answer before unreservedly embracing the Google Book Search program.

Full article here.

LISNEWS on the Kindle

It was not Oprah that convinced me to get a Kindle
but the $50 off I got by using her discount code didn't hurt. (Use OPRAHWINFREY code at checkout for $50 off, good until Nov 1) My Kindle arrived in the mail today. I have used it for a couple hours and here are my initial impressions.

The e-ink screen is easy to read. Equal to reading a page out of a book in my opinion. There is the added plus that any book can be made into a large print book by changing the font size. With ebooks I also select a larger size font. I figure that since I can make things even easier on my eyes why not do it.

The Kindle has the ability to go on the Internet. I checked out LISNEWS and was able to read the site fine. You can follow the links out to other sites but not every site works great on the Kindle. Just like looking at the web on a PDA there are certain limitations to how well things display on a smaller screen. Sites that are formatted for PDAs display well on the Kindle. In fact they are better than on a PDA because the Kindle screen is significantly bigger than a PDA screen.

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Kindle on Oprah

Page at Oprah's website about the Kindle.

Here is a link to a video of Bezos and Oprah giving a presentation called Kindle Class.

Amazon delays UK Kindle launch

Not even good boys and girls will get a Kindle for Christmas

Amazon will not be in a position to launch its Kindle e-book reader in the UK in time for the Christmas market, according to the firm's UK managing director.

Brian McBride told Bookseller magazine that the launch was being held up because Amazon is still in the process of licensing international mobile access and sorting out roaming issues.

"If you need agreement with carriers in the US, there is one carrier. In Europe it is a minefield, as there are so many operators," he said.

Full story here.

Book industry cautiously optimistic about the Kindle, electronic books

The Frankfurt Book Fair just wrapped up, and one clear theme emerged from the show: people are willing to embrace digitized books, à la the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader, but they may need some time to get used to the idea.

For example, Penguin called such gadgets “mainstream” and no longer in “the province of geeks any longer.”

Full story here.


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