Comments on: Improving the Kindle A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 By: Lee Brown Sat, 10 Oct 2009 16:33:56 +0000 Re Kindle and newspapers, I have a question I hope you might be able to answer to help me work out if I want a Kindle.
If a newspaper doesn’t generate all of its own articles, and instead carries stories from Reuters, AP, AFP, Bloomberg etc alongside its own journalists’ stories, does it have the right to reprint all of the stories that appear in each day’s edition on Kindle? Or does it strip out all the wire stories, leaving white space/nothing where the wire stories went? Are there ways around this copy right problem for newspapers?

By: phoenix1 Wed, 06 May 2009 14:55:43 +0000 Most Americans do not read. Anything. This is not going to make a bit of difference in the publishing world. Twitter is more relevant. The people who enjoy books and magazines want to hold books and magazines for the illustrations, and photographs and as decorative pieces. It is very hard to sell creative content in the modern marketplace with an ocean of free content out there, you have to offer something unique. The kindle might work as a mobile editing tool in conjunction with google documents. This is how I sell my e books, so my readers can add their own content, if they wish. I do sell books and digital film, but only because my readers want to meet me(I deliver in person on occasion) and I am willing to work blue in my little satires. I also know how to photograph myself so I look like I used to rather than how I look in my day to day life. It is a form of magic in a way..and magic is what you need to sell creative content in this corporate controlled media oligarchy. This is why you will now see huge stars tweeting, and showing up at screenings in the heartland to actually speak with their fans. writers have been doing this for years.

By: bob goodwin Wed, 06 May 2009 06:59:45 +0000 Felix,

I worked as the software director on much of the Kindle software. The white list feature was intended as a form of spam filter. The wireless costs are quite high, (although acceptable for the business model), and without a white list it was too easy to overwhelm the feature.

You could set up a proxy email address that forwards to the Kindle if you wanted to get around it.

It is gratifying you are enjoying the product.

By: Julian Kaljuvee Tue, 05 May 2009 12:40:50 +0000 @Felix Salmon

“The problem with people emailing an electronic version to me, or to an auto-forwarder, is that at that point I have a copy which I then could, if I wanted, disseminate to anybody at the click of a mouse. And publishers are understandably reluctant to go there.”

Valid point but this problem has been solved some time ago via DRM (Digital Rights Management) containers. An MP3 file that you get via iTunes is a good example of such a DRM containter. That is, you can forward this MP3 to anyone you want but they cannot listen to it (or read it) without a valid key. Kindle should incorporate similar technology

By: Richard Baum Tue, 05 May 2009 02:09:57 +0000 I’m hoping the NYT ports across a version of Times Reader, which I think is the best online implementation of a newspaper. More thoughts on that topic here: 09/04/15/what-makes-a-good-electronic-ne wspaper/

By: Stewie Mon, 04 May 2009 21:58:20 +0000 Felix – one can easily take content off of the Kindle. Just plug it in to your pc and you can see the individual files listed. Copying them off the Kindle is just a simple drag/drop.

Having files emailed directly to your Kindle email address provides no security advantage over auto-forwarding them to your Kindle.

By: Rollins Warden Mon, 04 May 2009 20:53:32 +0000 how is this improving the Kindle?
Where are the practical improvements, I read my kindle voraciously, the two things I would like to see (besides more content)…
1) a better handle for reading, conventional reading puts my thumb between the pages of a paperback, this keeps the book open to my page, but with a kindle this is hardly necessary, how about a range of fitted handles, something that would allow you to flip a page without streching your fingers out.
2) how about small screw holes so you could attach a booklight, and this should be located on the bottom of the device so it will not make the kindle top heavy.

As for newspapers, I see them going a different direction, I hope that they go toward people being able to subscribe to only the content they want. I read four newspapers regularly, but I only read 2 or 3 sections of three of them (Chicago Tribune, NY Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal).
Hopefully in the future I will be able to subscribe to exactly what I want to read, if I could do that I would read them on my kindle.
This would benefit the news organizations greatly, allowing targetted advertising, it would allow newspapers to only put three one or four good sections instead of 6 or seven sub par sections (as has happened with the Chicago Tribune).
A paper like the Tribune could do sections like Chicagoland, Chicago Sports, Tempo (or living). They could eliminate everything on the national and world fronts. Someone who wants national or world coverage already needs to buy a different paper anyway.

By: Felix Salmon Mon, 04 May 2009 20:47:48 +0000 The problem with people emailing an electronic version to me, or to an auto-forwarder, is that at that point I have a copy which I then could, if I wanted, disseminate to anybody at the click of a mouse. And publishers are understandably reluctant to go there.

By: Michael Martin Mon, 04 May 2009 20:04:16 +0000 On my kindle 2, I get to decide how the articles are laid out, not some jackass editor who decides what goes in the top-left corner. I appreciate the organic process of “settling in with a familiar friend” too, but that is a ritual I can live without. The convenience factor of wireless delivery, admittedly for a voracious reader, is worth much of the price.

By: madiq Mon, 04 May 2009 19:21:23 +0000 You know what else takes away that pleasure? Newspapers going out of business.

I love when the paper-philes talk about all of the sentimental rewards and “benefits” of paper over electronic, but are unprepared to pay the premium associated with receiving those “benefits.” If you’d like to pay three times as much to get your “familiar friend” delivered to you, where it will take up space until it is recycled or otherwise discarded, while the rest of us receive the information on our digital devices, be our guests. Just understand that to either (a) watch newspapers fail because they fail to embrace forward thinking, or (b) expect everyone to bear the costs of your lingering sentimentality, is to not *quite* be helping matters.