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Interactive fiction (or text adventures) seem like a natural fit on Amazon's ebook device, but IF author Howard Sherman finds it a tough nut to crack.
Says Sherman, "The issue boils down to the Kindle being locked up tighter than the technical design plans to the NEXT iPhone Apple is working on. There’s no easy way in there. Even though Kindle runs in a Linux environment it’s far from an open plane to deliver outside titles on. "
Full story here: Interactive Fiction on the Kindle
The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Delaware, marks another blow for a closely watched gadget that has drawn fire from publishers that say Amazon is trying to avoid paying royalties.
The lawsuit claims that Amazon, in two versions of its Kindle, has infringed one or more of the claims on a patent that Discovery founder John Hendricks received in November 2007.
The patent deals with encryption technology for the distribution of digital books.
Amazon announced late Friday that the company is modifying systems to allow authors and publishers to decide whether to enable Kindle's text-to-speech function on a per-title basis.
[from CNET] Amazon retreats on Kindle's text-to-speech issue
"Kindle 2's experimental text-to-speech feature is legal," Amazon says, but "We strongly believe many rights holders will be more comfortable with the text-to-speech feature if they are in the driver's seat."
So Kindle's text-to-speech will depend on each publisher and title; some will have it, some won't.
Once again, xkcd whittles things down to their core-
Where's the beef?
In today's New York Times op-ed. Blount, author of the popular title Alphabet Juice, confirms that "Kindle 2 is being sold specifically as a new, improved, multimedia version of books — every title is an e-book and an audio book rolled into one."
He continues, "And whereas e-books have yet to win mainstream enthusiasm, audio books are a billion-dollar market, and growing." His beef is that the authors and members of the Author's Guild, where he currently holds the position of president, are not receiving audio rights to Kindle 2's robotic audio versions.
Audio rights are not generally packaged with e-book rights. They are more valuable than e-book rights. Income from audio books helps not inconsiderably to keep authors, and publishers, afloat.
Gizmodo has a Kindle 2 and they are providing a hands on review.
Some of the comments:
Controls are almost exactly the same as Kindle 1, just slightly re-arranged, for the better. You can still page forward from both sides. Although now, with more non-button room on the sides, you can definitely pick it up without turning the page. They nailed the buttons.
Hey, it's downright iPod Touchy.
I'll bet it kicks butt as a cake cutter.
Michel Cuhaci of Ottawa had received a misprinted copy of A Student's Guide to Maxwell's Equation and he left a bad review on amazon.com.
The author saw the review and decided to make things right. More on this fantastic story at the Dayton Daily News