Kindle Clippings 2009-02-27

Kindle saver

Kindle saver
North Beach, San Francisco, California

Panasonic DMC-LX1
1/5sec, ƒ2.8, iso 100, 6.3mm (28mm)

No, this is not a sticker. This is the Kindle when it’s asleep. That’s the magic of e-Ink.

I found that you can’t clip from sample chapters 🙁 Major bummer!

To see a definition on the K2, just navigate to the left of the word and it pops up automatically. Here is a tip I found useful when setting your ad-hoc chapter markers just so.

Kindle 2 User’s Guide (
– Highlight Loc. 524-27 | Added on Thursday, February 26, 2009, 10:26 AM

Tip: You can quickly create a bookmark by either holding down the Alt key and pressing the B key, or by moving the 5-way up or down to go into cursor mode and then pressing the 5-way controller twice.

I cancelled my New Yorker (print) subscription and started it up on the Kindle. The New Yorker is nearly ideal subject matter for the Kindle. Note that while you get the cartoons, the cover art and any article art aren’t reproduced in the Kindle edition. 🙁 Amazon, please fix! Another note is that since they are Condé Nast, you can, with some finagling get the the print version much cheaper than the Kindle version.

The K2 version doesn’t have the ads so I don’t know how I feel about that. But if I really need such a think, I can just buy The Complete New Yorker.

The New Yorker (The New Yorker)
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The problem with playing someone whose default setting is tabula rasa is pretty obvious, and the primary qualification that Dushku brings to the part is that she graduated with honors from the Royal Academy of Cleavage.

I like the expression at the end of this clipping. The article is a critical review of Joss Wheedon’s Doll House.

Kindle 2 User’s Guide (
– Highlight Loc. 642-44 | Added on Thursday, February 26, 2009, 10:47 PM

Tip: You can also play or stop Text-to-Speech by holding down the Shift key and pressing the Symbol key

The Kindle Text-to-Speech is much better than MacInTalk which came with the original Macintosh, but it’s nowhere close to where that technology has gone. I use this tip when I’m showing someone the text-to-speech and I need to stop it quickly.

Kindle 2 User’s Guide (
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Tip: You can also narrow a search in the Kindle Store to an author’s name by typing “@author” followed by the author’s name.

A shortcut. I use the Kindle Store a lot, but not to buy. I’ve read about a half dozen first chapters today.

Kindle 2 User’s Guide (
– Highlight Loc. 1043-45 | Added on Friday, February 27, 2009, 12:14 AM

Tip: If you would like to avoid the fee, address the e-mail so that the second part of your Kindle e-mail address is After sending to the address, a link to the converted file will be e-mailed to your e-mail address. You can then download the file to your Kindle’s documents folder via USB using your computer.

What can I say? I’m a cheapskate. 🙂


The Kindle is a better conversationalist
Sushi on North Beach, North Beach, San Francisco, California

Nikon D3, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G
1/60sec, ƒ2.8, iso 4500, 35mm

As you can see, my Kindle 2 gets more women than I do. I may have a weakness for women who read books, but Marie seems to only have a weakness for books. Major bummer.

More free books

I’m sure many have found that Amazon is selling free books on the Kindle. Currently the most popular book at the store is The ESV version of the Bible which is being given away. Mark tells me that it’s an okay edition, but the ones for sale have better scholarship.

(I’m always a sucker for the King James Version. Mark told me to get the New King James Version, but the Kindle version is ass.)

As for other free books, I’m looking forward to the one from Cook’s Illustrated. Especially since I’ll actually be able to digitally clip out snippets without restriction. 🙂

And, with a clever search, you can find public domain free Kindle books. I downloaded Pride and Prejudice just to test it out. It’s text without any cover art, but readable. Beyond that I can’t say because I already read it on Stanza on my iPhone earlier. (At least now I understand the Mr. Darcy references!) What’s really weird is you can pay $.80 all the way up to $9.99 for the same thing on the Kindle store. Though, in its defense, the $9.99 one is annotated.

Another thing I noticed is that I once downloaded a sample chapter of a $.99 book and got the whole book. Of course, without the clipping feature, I passed on it.

Finally, you can go to sites such as and download free books that you can transfer by USB to your Kindle. Just download unprotected .azw or .prc files (I think the latest version .mobi files work too). I downloaded the public domain copy of Think and Grow Rich! and tested it out. It works great, except the loss of chapter markers, which isn’t a deal killer like clipping is. Besides, I’m not sold on a 21st century revision of a book I know I’m going to have serious moral contention with at times.

Here is a link to other free book resources.

Well, in any case, “Libre Libros!” (If you can pardon the really bad pun.)

Marie enjoys her miso

Marie enjoys her miso
Sushi on North Beach, North Beach, San Francisco, California

Nikon D3, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G
1/60sec, ƒ3.2, iso 4000, 24mm

Ahh! her food has arrived. A rare opportunity to steal back my Kindle.

3 thoughts on “Kindle Clippings 2009-02-27

  1. On clipping:

    I wondered that if I could clip an entire book, also (completely undermine the DRM). It looks like, however, you can clip single articles from blogs or magazines, so that’s kinda nice.

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