Seattle Office of Film + Music

June 1, 2009, 12:11 pm
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New York Times
It’s not easy to follow the bouncing keyboard of John August, the Web-savvy Hollywood screenwriter whose credits include “Big Fish” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Last month, Mr. August decided to try his luck with Amazon’s Kindle. Mr. August made a study of Kindle formatting, all of which he has described on his site, which offers a quick guide for do-it-yourself publishers with his own self-formatted story as a teaching tool. Once formatted, his screenplay, “The Variant,” was offered to readers for 99 cents, either via or as a 25-page PDF file on As of Friday, “The Variant” was ranked No. 69 on Amazon’s list of most popular Kindle offerings, right behind “My Sister’s Keeper,” by Jodi Picoult. “I’ve made about enough to buy four Kindles,” said Mr. August.

May 4, 2009, 11:56 am
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Information Week could introduce this week a large-screen Kindle made for displaying newspapers and magazines, a move meant to help the publishing industry attract paying subscribers lured by free content on the Internet. The online retailer could introduce the device as early as this week, The New York Times reported, quoting people familiar with Amazon’s plans. Amazon has reportedly scheduled a Wednesday news conference in New York, but has not given a reason for the gathering.

Amazon unveils “Kindle” application for iPhone
March 5, 2009, 10:31 am
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Seattle PI:
The Kindle, as of late Tuesday evening, became no longer just a gadget, but an emerging brand — a new way to read books. Inc. introduced a “Kindle” application for Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch that would allow users to view electronic books on their smart phones and digital music players. The application is available for free from Apple’s App Store. It comes with software, called Whispersync, that syncs with Kindle devices to preserve bookmarks. By using the application, iPhone and iPod touch users can download and buy electronic books, magazines and newspapers that were already available on the Kindle.

Amazon launches Kindle 2
February 9, 2009, 11:23 am
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Tech Flash: unveiled its much-anticipated Kindle 2 today. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon now and retains the same price as the first version, $359. Amazon says the Kindle 2 will be released Feb. 24. The site says if you’ve previously placed an order for the first version Kindle and haven’t yet received yet, you’ll be automatically upgraded to Kindle 2. The new Kindle sports a variety of new features. At just over 1/3 of an inch and a little more than 10 ounces, it’s “pencil thin and lighter than a typical paperback,” according to Amazon. The device has an “improved” display and now “boasts 16 shades of gray for clear text and even crisper images,” as well as new buttons and a 5-way controller that allows for “more precise note-taking and highlighting both up and down and side to side in lines of text.”