Will DeLamater

Kindle License to Limit Educational Use?

Library Journal has been tracking a story that involves libraries lending “loaded” Kindles to their patrons. At the heart of the matter is the question, Is it OK to lend a Kindle? The article cites an Amazon spokesperson: Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener told LJ that a loan of a Kindle without content is OK, but…

The Kindle is for “Frictionless” Reading, First

Nice post by Matt Asay at CNet: No, what I really like about the Kindle is the reading experience. It’s wonderful. The only thing missing is a backlight for reading in low-light conditions, but it’s already better than reading a physical book because the screen is comforting to view and the weight/feel of the product…

A Kindle Tale: Junot Diaz and GTA IV

From the “this is what I’m talking about” department at EduKindle: I was reading the Weekend Journal on the Kindle (still on the free two-week Wall Street Journal trial) and saw a review of Grand Theft Auto IV by Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Junot Diaz. This guy can write: “for me, GTA IV is more…

The Power of the Kindle Book Sample

I love this tweet because it expresses my experience exactly: “Started Pillars of the Earth, as a sample on Kindle. At 11:30p end of sample so without taking head off pillow downloaded rest of book WOW!” From Twitter. What’s magical about a Kindle “sample” is that it gives you quite a bit to read, so…

Princeton U Press to Publish for Kindle

Here it comes, another segment of the publishing industry looking at the Kindle as a promising option. “The experimentation with Kindle comes at a time that many experts are urging university presses to try new business models,” says Inside Higher Ed. And The Subprime Solution: How Today’s Global Financial Crisis Happened, and What to Do…

How Do You Hold Your Kindle?

Hadn’t really thought of this as a debate, but some folks say left hand and some folks say right hand, with pictures to prove it. I think you can go either way: left-handed with your thumb on the word “Amazon” or right-handed with your thumb on the word “Kindle.” That cover on the back provides…

Study Grammar on Your Kindle

Jan at The Kindle Reader has a great review on a book that educators might want to put on the Kindle right away, or maybe even share with students: Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing. You can get it right now from Amazon. (Apparently the Kindle version posted at Amazon early by…

Highlighting on the Kindle Across Pages

Can’t do it. If you hit scroll the select wheel up to a line on a page of text that you are reading and click it, a menu will pop up that offers the option to “Add Highlight.” When you click that selection, the Kindle will place a highlight line above the line of text…