Will DeLamater

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…

Kindle, Schools, and the Love of Reading

Kelly asks on her blog: How about a Kindle’s impact on schools? Put a new Kindle in the hand of a child already pre-downloaded with some rich literature and watch their eyes light up on the first day of school. Will children discover a new love for reading? All I know is that I have…

Students Buying Books on School’s Kindle

Kathy Schrock has a great solution for the “credit card enabled” aspect of the Kindle: …since any user of the Kindle can purchase a new title from the Kindle store from the Kindle itself, we did not know how we were going to control students from purchasing books on a whim. We are solving the…