Unboxing the Kindle Paperwhite & Setup

In this video, I unbox the new Kindle Paperwhite and run through the first time setup experience. Enjoy!

The Kindle App for Windows 8 Updates with 2-Column View

Kindle for Windows 8

The popular ebook reader by Amazon, Kindle, has a major update for Windows 8 users. One of the biggest feature is the now 2-column view. Here’s the full details:

Release Notes:

– Improved page turn performance
– Increased book storage
– Added 2-column reading on ARM devices
– Disabled device dimming in reading mode
– Performance improvements and other enhancements throughout

Please note: After upgrading, an Internet connection is needed to complete the app update when opening the app for the first time.


Read Kindle books on a beautiful, easy-to-use Windows 8 application. You’ll have access to over 1 million* books in the Kindle Store, including best sellers and new releases. Amazon’s Whispersync technology automatically syncs your furthest page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all your devices that have the Kindle app installed and across any Kindle device. That means you can start reading on one device and pick up where you left off on another device.


Buy once, read everywhere. Sign in with an Amazon account, and sync Kindle books across all your devices that have the Kindle app installed across any Kindle device.
Pin Kindle books from your Kindle library to the Windows Start screen for instant access to your favorites.
Start reading in seconds. Your Kindle book downloads while you read.
Shop the Kindle Store for over 1 million* Kindle books, including new releases and best sellers. Over 600,000 Kindle books are $4.99 or less, and over 1 million books are $9.99 or less.*
Customize your reading experience by choosing the background color, font size, and number of reading columns.
Highlight, take notes, and add bookmarks in any book. Look up word definitions and listen to how they are pronounced.
* Selection and price of Kindle books in the Kindle Store vary by country.
Source: Kindle

Barnes and Noble’s Nook App is now in the Store


And so the Nook App finally drops in the Store. I blogged this first with the Keynote of Windows 8 launch that we are getting the Nook App in the Store. My apologies for bringing the news late as the app dropped in the Store while I was at work. As to be expected of an App in which Microsoft has a personal invest, it is a superbly built app, fully featured and leaves the Kindle App in the dust. Basically the Kindle app is a joke at the moment. For an app that was built for the Metro experience, it was poorly implemented, it has the worst paging experience of any app in the Windows Store. You have to look carefully before you see you’ve turned a page. If you blink you’ll miss it. So, here is B&N showing off the Nook, my question is how much of the App was built by B&N, I will put my money on it that MS practically wrote this app. Just look at the size, ticking 15Mb, that’s a lot of feature packed into an MX App. With this app, the value of your Surface and Windows 8 devices just gone up! For the description of the App itself, I’ll leave it to Barnes & Noble as follows:

Get an incredible reading experience with NOOK® for Windows 8™. Choose from NOOK books, magazines, newspapers, and comics on your Windows 8 tablet and PC. Shop over 3 million titles including New York Times bestsellers, new releases, and the hottest newsstand issues. Sample any NOOK Book for FREE – or try any newspaper or magazine subscription for 14 days, including Us Weekly, O, The Oprah Magazine, National Geographic, and USA Today FREE for 14 Days.
NOOK for Windows 8 supports NOOK Comics. Read comics, graphic novels, and manga featuring popular characters like Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Archie Andrews, Naruto, and more from top publishers like DC, Marvel, Archie, and VIZ. Our latest graphic novel additions from fan-favorite Dark Horse Comics include Mass Effect, Hellboy, Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity, and Sin City – all available on your Windows 8 tablet and PC.
NOOK for Windows 8 lets you customize your reading experience with different fonts, line spacing and themes. Turn pages with the flick of a finger or jump to any page. The app even comes loaded with free books.
And so you never lose your place, NOOK for Windows 8 syncs the last page you’ve read across your tablet or PC. No matter which device, always pick up right where you left off.
With NOOK for Windows 8, read what you love, anywhere you like.
Entertainment & Celebrity – Us Weekly, OK! Magazine, Star
Health & Fitness – Weight Watchers, Women’s Health, Shape
Food & Cooking – Eating Well, Food Network Magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray
Sports & Recreation – Runner’s, ESPN The Magazine
Business & Finance – The Economist, Black Enterprise, Harvard Business Review
Family & Parenting – Family Circle, National Geographic Kids, Parents, Girls’ Life
Fashion – Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Elle, Marie Claire
Home & Garden – HGTV Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, Living

Shop over 3 million books, magazines, newspapers, and comics at your fingertips
Free samples of books and 14-day free trial subscriptions of newspapers and magazines
Syncs the last page you’ve read across your NOOK devices and apps, so you don’t lose your place
Adjustable fonts, spacing and themes let you customize your reading experience
NOOK Channels™ offers a pioneering recommendation system that provides an easy way to discover new titles by theme


So, how about that for a large splash. The App comes with Kitchen and Sink and you can see. If you are curious about the App, please download via the Source link.

Source: Windows Store

Nook – We’ve Got an App for That


At the launch of Windows today in New York, Microsoft confirmed what most of us watchers have been suspecting. The Nook App is coming to the Windows Store! It has been a long rumor coming, but the writing was all over the wall given the No-Shoot Joint Agreement Microsoft had with Barnes and Noble earlier this year. We were all asking if MS was going to do a Nook Surface or better still if B&N will follow Amazon footsteps and create an App for Surface a ’la Kindle. Well the answer is there for whole world to see, there is definitely no doubt anymore. “We can has Nook App”. Smile

Now watching the Store like a hawk when the App is going to drop. Trust us to be all over it when it happens. In the meantime go enjoy “Our Precious” your Surface if you’ve ordered one, or got one from Microsoft today.

Will Books Exist 10 to 20 Years From Now?

My sister loves to collect books. She aspires dedicating a significant portion of her room to create her personal library, where she would put her books, old and new, and create an environment of wisdom and peace. It is, then, no wonder she gets upset when I remind her that books are a dying media. Actually, books are far from dying, but, rather, books in its physical form is dying.
Books as physical entities are what we have been using for the past thousands of years. It still shocks me that such a old and established form of media suddenly stands in the face of death. But what’s more surprising is that how astonishing digital media and the internet is; so astonishing that it is able to kill the physical form of books that has been the dominating form from the very beginning. WIthin the last ten years, an incredible amount of physical texts have been converted to digital form. Furthermore, old texts that are in the public domain is being digitized by Google anti-bot system called reCAPTCHA. reCAPTCHA disfigured words that we need to type when, say, creating an account. One of the two words we type is a word from an old book while the other is a word that the computer randomly asks us to type. When we type these words correctly, we not only verify ourselves as humans but also help digitize old books!
Now the question is, just because books exists in digital form, why would they threaten the physical form? The answer to this is that their mere existence in the digital form isn’t what is causing the physical material to die. Rather, the cause lies in the benefits and the convenience of the digital form of books. Texts in digital form can be used to do things perceived as magical only a few decades ago! In its most simple form, digital texts are flexible and portable. I can take virtually unlimited number of books with me in small location. Devices like the Kindle Fire lets anyone carry all the books they need in their pocket! When digital, people can tap a word, topic, image, etc and get definitions, encyclopedia articles, maps, videos, and a lot more instantly!
But the part that really amazes me is that digital books and the internet redefines how we perceive a book. Now, books can no longer be texts, diagrams, and images. They can be much more than that! Back in 2001, when I watched the first Harry Potter movie, I was amazed to see moving pictures in the wizarding world news papers! It was so magical! But now, online newspapers have videos embedded in them, and it is nothing out of the ordinary to see someone reading a newspaper article with a video playing on it in their smart phone! Yet, it has only been 10 years! Now, videos are simple to be included in books. How about a chemistry textbook that allows the reader to manipulate the molecules or rotate 3D diagrams for a better understanding? Why can we not have audio clips and interviews in a biography! All this is possible with digital books and the power of the internet.
Apple recently released the iBooks 2, which now includes textbooks that are interactive. This is a huge example of where education is headed as well as textbooks themselves. Houghton Mifflin, McGraw Hill, and Pearson have all joined apple to sell digital, interactive textbooks in the iTunes store! To compliment the iBooks 2, Apple also released the Authoring tool, a free app for the Mac, that lets anyone create textbooks (interactive or static) and distribute (free or paid) the in the iTunes Store. More companies are bound to follow, and soon enough, digital books will become the norm and a necessity!
Are books dying, no, but their physical form doesn’t have much of a future. Perhaps the physical form will remain for those enthusiast collectors and be more expensive as demand drops. This would be analogous today to record players. My sister loves the smell of old books (I do too), and they will always have a place in the future. But as far as mainstream is concerned, we are going digital!