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Send to Kindle Browser App
March 16, 2015 | 2:25 pm

ScreenClipDo you run across long articles or short stories on the web that you'd like to read on your Kindle, but you don't want to go through a lot of hassle? The Send to Kindle browser app makes it simple. It's available for Chrome and Firefox and works smoothly. After you install the extension, you have a new icon in your browser bar. The first time you use it, you'll be prompted to set it up with which devices you want articles sent to and whether you want them saved in the Cloud Drive.   I generally don't save them. Most of what I...

How to take a screenshot on Kindle Paperwhite
March 9, 2015 | 12:25 pm

screenshot on kindleEver wondered how to take a screenshot on Kindle Paperwhite, like the one I used in my earlier article on reading news on my Kindle? It's actually really easy. 1. Find the page you want. 2. Touch the top left and bottom right of the screen (or top right and bottom left). 3. Wait for the flash. 4. Plug your Kindle into a computer. The images will be on the root directory. It's that easy. As far as I know, it only works on the Paperwhite and Voyage, not on the older Kindle Touches. My Kindle is a bit finicky, and it doesn't always work. My...

News on Kindle and Kindle Apps
March 9, 2015 | 9:58 am

news on kindleWhile I'm well-informed on developments in the tech industry and social media, I've been feeling woefully uninformed about other news, and I decided it was time to start reading a paper. Although I tend to prefer the writing and journalism of The New York Times, I decided to start a 14 day trial of The Washington Post on Kindle. I chose the Post for two reasons. 1. It's the paper where I live and where I set my fiction, and I'm hoping to find ideas for stories. 2. It was $8 a month cheaper. That's almost the cost of a...

Did Waterstones really see a shift back to print?
January 12, 2015 | 12:25 pm

WaterstonesThere's been quite a bit of pickup of the recent Financial Times story on Waterstone's, which supposedly supports a shift in UK reader appetite back towards printed books, where James Daunt, Waterstones CEO, said sales of which “disappeared to all intents and purposes”, according to James Daunt, chief executive. There are just a few flaws in the narrative, though. For one thing, Daunt also disclosed a 5 per cent physical book sales rise in December - yes, the height of the Christmas buying season. That's hardly a massive resurgence of interest in the printed book. And although further reporting in the FT...

Kindle X-Ray finally makes it to Kindle Android client – but is it worth it?
December 12, 2014 | 4:00 pm

Android apps have been going through a slew of upgrades and retoolings since the debut of Android 5.0 Lollipop, and now it's the turn of the Amazon Kindle app, which has just updated to version 4.8.0. As per the Google Play Store blur, this brings, for the first time, Amazon's Kindle X-Ray functionality "for Books and Textbooks to look up places, characters and terms," as well as "push notifications from Kindle," "improved library search," "flashcard sets to review textbook material," and the usual "experience improvements and bug fixes."...

Apple iPod DRM case heats up, but might still fizzle
December 7, 2014 | 12:37 pm

The wheels of justice grind slowly, and sometimes a bit of grit gets stuck in the gears. This seems to be the case with the ten-year-old lawsuit against Apple over the DRM policies it used to enforce on iTunes Music Store music and iPods. Over the last couple of weeks, it’s started moving again, and the testimony and depositions have been interesting to follow. But now it looks as though, just as it’s getting started again, it may come to a complete halt. Locking Out Competitors At heart, the case has to do with the way Apple continually...

Zelig and the art of winning a Pulitzer: Q&A with J. Ross Baughman, photojournalist
November 30, 2014 | 12:25 pm

nazisphotographedbyjrossbaughmanImagine you’re with the Secret Service. A young Ohioan calls up and says he’ll be joining the Nazi Party. “I wanted you to know.” Wait---the story gets even better. The Ohio man already has been within shooting range of presidential candidates. J. Ross Baughman isn’t a real Nazi, however. Instead he is a photojournalist for my old newspaper, and he is about to infiltrate the National Socialist movement. My friend is merely trying to keep his name off the Secret Service’s watch list so he can continue his campaign coverage. A letter co-signed by his editor does the trick. The Nazis think...

More on the Kindle Paperwhite Update
November 21, 2014 | 12:25 pm

kindle paperwhite updateI received the new Kindle Paperwhite update at some point yesterday. When I went to use it last night, there was an alert from Amazon---complete with explanatory e-guide---highlighting features of the new OS. Some of it didn't interest me. We can't use FreeTime in Canada. and the family sharing was a moot point since the Beloved does not have an Amazon account. But I was interested to check out the 'improved' collection handling. The e-guide promised that, as people have often requested, Amazon has added some filters to make it easier to distinguish between Cloud and on-device content. Here was how...

James Patterson wants Amazon to do more to promote reading
November 20, 2014 | 7:16 am

Salon Magazine has an interview with bestselling author and literary franchise James Patterson that is refreshingly free of the anti-Amazon rhetoric that has characterized both institutions of late. At least they’re not currently trashing Amazon for what it’s doing. They’re complaining about what Amazon ought to be doing but isn’t. And I can’t say that I necessarily disagree. Patterson is planning to launch a new public awareness campaign to encourage reading, following on the heels of his $1 million in grants to bookstores. The campaign will include a TV ad featuring a public book-burning (a bit of a cliché,...

Amazon’s $99 Fire HD shines for library and public domain books—and here are a few related tips
October 30, 2014 | 4:25 pm

Thumbs up on Amazon's Fire HD 6 from Len Edgerly of the Kindle Chronicles. Amazon’s new Fire HD 6, a $99 tablet computer, might be catnip for frugal lovers of library and public domain e-books who don’t need a cell phone in the same gadget. Libraries themselves, in fact, may want to loan out HDs and other Amazon models while experimenting with other brands, too. The six-inch screen’s resolution is 1280x800, and the pixel count is 252 per inch. That’s equal to many cell phones selling for twice as much. 252 ppi is just 48 ppi shy of the 300-ppi of the Voyage, the new top-of-the-line E Ink reader from Amazon. The HD 6’s screen should also...

Amazon to experiment with brick-and-mortar store in New York City
October 9, 2014 | 5:16 pm

Remember when Apple opened its first retail store and everyone thought they were crazy? It’s déjà vu all over again. The Wall Street Journal (article paywalled; google the headline to read) cites the ubiquitous “people familiar with” the matter to reveal that Amazon is opening its first brick-and-mortar store at 7 West 34th St. in New York City, across from the Empire State Building and just a block away from Macy’s at Herald Square, just in time for the holiday season. The store space could be used for same-day delivery in New York City, returns and exchanges, order...

Greenpeace deluges Amazon Fire Phone with one-star protest reviews
October 3, 2014 | 5:56 pm

greenpeaceWow, everyone’s piling onto Amazon these days. The latest fight Amazon’s picked with someone (or vice versa) is with, of all organizations, Greenpeace. Seeking Alpha reports that the environmental organization is upset Amazon hasn’t committed to moving to 100% green energy for its data centers the way other big data users like Google, Apple, and Facebook have. Even Yahoo and Microsoft have been making improvements, but Amazon hasn’t seen the need. So, Greenpeace decided to stage a protest. And since Amazon doesn’t have any ships they can row dinghies in front of or send scuba divers to sabotage, they...