Where Do the Citizens of Kindle Nation Stand on Text-to-Speech, Digital Rights Management, and the $9.99+ Boycott?

Early Results from the First Kindle Nation Citizen Survey (This post first appeared in the free Kindle Nation weekly email newsletter on April 13, 2009). Over a thousand Kindle Nation citizens have exercised their citizenship rights during the past week by participating in the first ever Kindle Nation Citizen Survey. The survey will remain open throughout the month of...

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The Genius of Instapaper: for ParisLemon, a reason to buy the Kindle

Ordinarily when I find something like the usefulness of Instapaper with the Kindle, I worry that Amazon may be moved to take steps to block the feature based on the reasonable notion that it could cannibalize K-content revenues. But here’s a guy who was already using Instapaper, had been anti-Kindle, but when he learned that the Kindle and Instapaper...

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A Campaign to Organize Against Digital Rights Management (DRM)

A Campaign to Organize Against Digital Rights Management (DRM)

By Stephen Windwalker (The following post first appeared in the TeleRead.org blog on April 8, 2009.) In a TeleRead piece that I wrote last week, along with a perhaps more interesting exchange of follow-up comments, I began thinking about what it might take to mount an effective organizing campaign against DRM. Starting from some relatively passive speculation that Amazon...

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Kindle Nation – The Weekly Newsletter – I:5, 3.2.2009

Kindle Nation – Vol. I, No. 5: Kindle 2 Guide Update, More Free Content for Your Kindle, Mozart on Your Kindle, and more…. ©Kindle Nation Daily 2010

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New blog post about Kindle bestsellers and negotiations with dinosaurs….

Stephen Windwalker has filed his weekly Kindle column at Teleread.com, “Kindle store bestsellers: From free to DRM-free?” @ http://tinyurl.com/WWTeleread227 ©Kindle Nation Daily 2010

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Just released in the Kindle Store: The Complete User’s Guide To the Amazing Amazon Kindle 2

Just released in the Kindle Store: The Complete User’s Guide To the Amazing Amazon Kindle 2

(The Complete User’s Guide To the Amazing Amazon Kindle 2: A Kindle Owner’s Toolkit Of Over 500 Tips, Tricks, and Links To Help You Get the Most Out of Amazon’s Revolutionary e-Book Reader & Free Wireless Web Browser has been live in Amazon’s Kindle Store since Sunday afternoon and has already cracked the top 25 bestsellers there, although the...

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How Many, How Many I Wonder, But They Really Don’t Want to Tell

(Weekly blog post at TeleRead.com) By Stephen Windwalker, with apologies to songwriters Don Robertson and Howard Barnes and artists Elvis Presley, Eddy Arnold, Les Paul and Mary Ford for the title of this post Even if I had never been a guest on the show, I’m sure I would make a regular weekly routine of listening to Len Edgerly’s...

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Amazon is Keeping Up with Its Kindle 2 Order Flow

Although there have been rumors that Amazon would quickly sell out of the Kindle 2, current indications are that the company has done a better job this time of preparing for the demand. Kindle 2 sales have been extremely brisk, but an order placed this morning for a Kindle 2 with one-day shipping ($3.99 with Amazon Prime) still shows...

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Order these free books for your Kindle 2 before they disappear

Here’s a money-saving tip for new Kindlers who are awaiting for the arrival of their Kindle 2. Amazon, publishers, and authors often get together to offer temporary “zero-price promotions” on popular books in the Kindle Store, in addition to the thousands of free public-domain titles that are now available. Naturally, these books do not remain free forever, but you...

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Looking beyond the “Text-to-Speech” Kindle Kerfuffle

(My weekly post for TeleRead.com for Friday, 2.13.09) By Stephen Windwalker, founder and publisher of the weekly Kindle Nation newsletter This week we shall speak of robots and pirates and a kerfuffle without a cause. Or not. Among the more intriguing innovations new to Amazon’s just-launched but still unshipped Kindle 2 is a “Text-to-Speech” Read-to-Me feature wherein a somewhat...

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Special Opportunity for Kindle 1 Owners

From Amazon’s new Kindle 2 web page: Even though we’ve increased our manufacturing capacity, we want to be sure our original Kindle owners are first in line to receive Kindle 2. Place your Kindle 2 order by midnight PST on February 10th and you will receive first priority. Here’s something cool just reported by Len Edgerly of the Kindle...

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Q & A on the Kindle press conference

What follows are my questions. We’ll see how many Amazon answers. What are they calling the new Kindle? Bezos: “Today I’m excited to introduce the Kindle 2.” Here’s a link to the new Kindle 2 detail page. “If you have previously placed an order for Kindle 1, and have not yet received it, your order will automatically be upgraded...

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Recording a snapshot: from the Kindle detail page, 8:40 am EST 2.9.09

To see the pertinent Kindle detail as it appeared directly on the Kindle detail page in the main Amazon store as of 8:40 a.m. 2.9.09, click here. Meanwhile, here’s a great post by Dana Blankenhorn over at ZDNet: Time for Kindle to go open source Amazon share price at 10 a.m. – $66.55 ©Kindle Nation Daily 2010

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A Stephen King exclusive for the Kindle

A Stephen King exclusive for the Kindle

News is spreading this morning that, among other things, Jeff Bezos will announce today that Amazon has signed Stephen King on for a (temporarily) Kindle exclusive book deal. This is a great idea. And I apologize for being a teensy bit self-referential in pasting in this paragraph from p. 92 of the August 2008 paperback print edition of The...

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Useful new features in the Kindle 1.2 firmware upgrade

Useful new features in the Kindle 1.2 firmware upgrade

With the Kindle 2.0 Jazzed Level at Code Red, it would have been easy to miss important features that are included in the version 1.2 firmware upgrade that Amazon has been zapping in waves to the 713,451 Kindles* that are currently in the field. So the sometimes helpful Amazon Kindle Team posted this announcement on the Kindle’s own Amazon...

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