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Aug 22, 2008

The "What's on Your Kindle?" interview this week is with Joe Wikert, creator of the Kindleville blog and vice president & executive publisher within the Professional Trade Division of John Wiley & Sons.  Here is some of what's on Joe's Kindle:
Subscriptions to The New York Times and Time Magazine
Samples of Predictably Irrational, Obsessive Branding Disorder, and Nice Guys Can Get the Corner Office

Kindle News - The Financial Times arrives! The EFF asks tough questions of the publishing industry.  Seth Godin gets skeptical.

Kindle Tech Tip - QuickFics points us to EchoDitto's fix for partial RSS feeds.  And the difference between Previous Page and Back.

Kindle Quote - I can't believe I'm quoting this book...

Kindle Comments - dorianN tells how her Kindle saved her from what could have been a very sad fate.  Heather Hollick wins a prize for saving a podcaster from laziness.

Music for my podcast is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording, courtesy of IODA Promonet.

Bob Hare
twelve and a half years ago

I am enjoying your podcast very much. I am a dedicated e-book reader who doesn\'t yet have an e-book reader. I read on my pen tablet, notebook and my mobile phone - not an iPhone unfortunately. I will be getting the new larger Kindle when it becomes available. I am very interested in it\'s textbook capabilities.

I would like to add my vote for 30 minutes or less on the podcast length. Keep it focused. Do two if you have a lot to say. I fit podcasts in on drives, walks and boring repetitive tasks, all of which I try to keep to 30 minutes. Doesn\'t always work - but it is good to be able to listen to the entire show within one activity.

Thanks for your excellent efforts - though you are making the wait for the new Kindle very difficult.

Best regards,


twelve and a half years ago

Re: iPod vs. Kindle

If I remember correctly, the original iPod was only compatible with Macintosh computers, which really narrowed the consumer base, so I\'m not surprised they only sold 300,000+ in the first year it was available. Seems to me Amazon has also artificially narrowed its consumer base by only selling the device through its own on-line store. If Amazon were to allow the Kindle\'s sale through partner brick-and-mortars, sales would have (possibly) as large a jump as Apple did when they started selling the iPod to PC users.

twelve and a half years ago

Another great episode, Len!

I attended the webinar that Joe Wikert did yesterday and really enjoyed getting a publisher-side perspective of the Kindle. He truly is pro-Kindle and those of us who have adopted this wonderful piece of tech can only hope that other publishing professionals will embrace the Kindle as much as Joe has. I only wish that there was something that we, as consumers, could do to let more of the publishing industry hear our voices. Thanks to Joe and Len for such great Kindle support via their blogs and podcasts.

twelve and a half years ago

Just found your podcast and am really enjoying the tips your interviewees share. I agree with Heather on the 30 minute length; it\'s a perfect listen. Keep up the good work!