Saturday, May 9, 2009

Best Sellers and Kindle DX

Amazon Kindle DXIt's usually a toss-up about staying up late on Friday night to do the Best Seller lens update or get up and do it early on Saturday morning. Often the folks who update the website at The New York Times make the decision for me by not releasing the new list until the wee hours of Saturday morning even by Left Coast standards. That was the case this week as I left the computer on and didn't see the new list until 4 a.m. That's when I decided to update.

This week's list, like the past two, has five new books on it. A few weeks ago there were six. That means more rearranging of the list and writing a new blurb for each new book, plus keeping a text file of all current and past entries because sometimes a book will leave the list one week and come back the next. That happened to one book, The Help, twice recently.

The newest version of Amazon's Kindle electronic reader, the Kindle DX was announced this week. I was tempted to do a full-scale lens on it, but an awful lot of Squidoo lensmasters also rushed in, so I've added it to the Best Seller lens along with a promotional video. The DX is available for pre-order now and will be released this Summer. It costs more, but the screen is 2 1/2 times the size of the older Kindle, it has an auto-rotate feature, the battery is more efficient, and it can hold up to 3,500 books. It's about the size of a magazine.

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