Kindle 3 + eReader updates for Sunday morning

A lot of Kindle 3 related updates this morning -

  1. At the official Kindle forum a suggestion to add ‘Kindle Review’ to the review title when reviewing books you’ve read on the Kindle. It’s a good suggestion and it would be a good way to help other Kindle owners.  
  2. Kindle Update 3.0.2 is available. Well, don’t understand all these dot-dot updates. Will we get 3.0.2.5 next?
  3. Every Word is back from detention.
  4. Someone built a reflector so that they could get around the fact that the Lighted Cover is on the top left of the screen and light the screen of the Kindle 3 evenly. It’s basically reflective photo paper on the left and bottom edges of the eInk screen held up by rubber bands.
  5. A question on how people manage to press Shift+Alt+G at the same time (it’s the shortcut to take a screenshot). Well, the buttons are too small for my fingers and the only thing that works is laying my thumb on both Alt + Shift at the same time and then using another finger to press G. Here’s another good solution which is actually easier -

    1) Lay Kindle on a solid flat surface.
    2) Use index fingers of both hands (fingernails pointing to each other) to hold down Alt and Shift
    3) While holding those keys down, use the middle finger of the right hand to reach out and touch the g.

  6. Cagey at the official kindle forum claims that Amazon is aware that page turns are slower when it’s hot (when Kindle is in direct sunlight) and that the developers are working on a fix. All of it sounds rather unbelievable – How could you fix what sounds like a temperature related issue? Have heard a few people mention this – Apparently in bright sunlight page turns get slower and take a second or so.
  7. NY Times has an article with a photo of a prototype color eReader display from eInk. Check my 2009 post for a color eInk screen photo that PVI/eInk was showing off in 2005. It’s 5 years and PVI still only has prototypes to show.
  8. Lots of drama in UK as Hachette pushes the Agency Model and Amazon pushes super low prices.
  9. David Morrell, author of First Blood and The Brotherhood of the Rose, has decided to do a Kindle ebook exclusive and it’s causing much consternation amongst non-Kindle eReader owners. This exclusive stuff is rather strange.  
  10. A claim that clicking the ‘Request a Kindle version of this Book’ button worked for a Kindle owner. Thought it was just there for show but apparently there’s an email or something sent to Publishers. Update: Actually the books clicked on are written by David Morrell – so it might just be a happy coincidence or it might be what caused David Morrell to do a Kindle exclusive.
  11. PsychCentral is having a Kindle 3 Contest and giving away a Kindle a week to people who subscribe to their weekly newsletter.

Nothing is unconditional these days – even for free things you have to prostitute your email address.   

Lab 126 does some interesting hiring

Quick on the heels of Amazon hiring a Xbox executive we get news from Tech Flash that Amazon is hiring a Pixar and TiVo veteran.

The list of recent Lab 126 and Amazon hires now includes -

  1. VP of consumer applications at Linden Labs (which runs Second Life). In the past he’s worked at Pixar and TiVo. 
  2. 2 former Real Networks executives. 
  3. Director of gaming etc. at Xbox.

That sounds more like hiring for the iPad than for the Kindle. Perhaps there really is a Kindle Phone or Kindle Tablet in the works.

16 Responses

  1. Why was Every Word even in detention in the first place?

  2. Do we have to manually download 3.0.2?
    I am still on 3.0 since I was waiting for a non beta firmware upgrade.

  3. I can confirm that the 3.0.2 update does fix the slow page turns in the sun. Hard to believe, but I have seen it! Before I did the update, I checked my K3 one more time in the sun, and in 5 page turns, it had already slowed down so I could read the first line of text in negative image. After the update, I was in the sun for 15 minutes and still no slow down. I have heard other successes on kindleboards.

    Very baffling indeed, but it works! I was just about to give up on them and demand a replacement, glad I did not lose patience.

  4. Today, 9/19/10, is ‘talk like a pirate’ day.

    I just saw on Amazon, this pirate theme Kindle book, “Isle of Fire” for only $1.43

    I don’t know if this low price is today only.

  5. Is there a concise list of Keyboard Shortcuts for the K3 somewhere? I couldn’t find the Sft-Alt-G shortcut in the User’s Manual (couldn’t even find reference to “screenshot”), and would LOVE to have a listing of these neat shortcuts.

    Thx,

    Ginnia

  6. I would be happy if clicking on the “request a Kindle version” would add me to a list of addresses that would be notified when the Kindle version is released. Then the link would serve a useful purpose.

  7. The new update as with the previous update does not let me use my WiFi. (I have 3g/WiFi KIndle) I am asked to reenter my password. When I do it i still get, “unable to connect to WiFi Network.

    I have to reset to default factory settings . Then I can enter my password and connect to WiFi.

  8. Upgrade 3.0.2 is ~5MB in size. Contrasting with previous 3.0.1 which was ~2.5MB, this upgrade is doing more things tan previous one.

    “Well, don’t understand all these dot-dot updates. Will we get 3.0.2.5 next?” This is a classic version numbering scheme in software where a version number is divided in 3 parts: major.minor.revision. The ‘major’ changes whenever the software has changed a lot (new versions of several components); ‘minor’ changes when it adds some features (just new versions of some components); ‘revision’ changes when it fixes some errors or adds performance improvements (new versions of some components, but only bugfixes). Hope it helps.

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