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Time Magazine for Kindle

TimeTIME Magazine is available on the Kindle for $2.99.  All magazine subscriptions include a 14 day trial so basically it gives you the option to try before you buy.  TIME is delivered wirelessly to your Kindle the same day the print version hits the newsstands.

TIME was founded on March 3, 1923 by Briton Hadden and Henry Luce, and is considered America’s first weekly news periodical. It was founded as a news magazine that formatted and summarized informative articles so that they can be read quickly by busy men.

“TIME was founded on the notion that a surplus of news existed which had to be licked into usable shape, felt no need to gather its own news until the 1930’s.” – The Story of an Experiment

“The double-jointed adjectives and inverted sentences of the early days of TIME were tricks that Hadden and Luce, both Greek scholars, learned from Homer, who was the author of The Illiad and The Odyssey.  The double-distilled result was hailed as a “new” style, and became TIME’S prose pattern.” – Posthumous Portrait

Also known as the International Magazine of Events, TIME covers a wide variety of subjects in each issue.  A couple of these subjects include politics and entertainment.  Each year, TIME prints a “Person of the Year” issue that has included controversial figures such as Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.  The “Person of the Year” issue debuted in 1927 and was responsible for showcasing personalities that had momentous effects on major events in history.

The Kindle version includes most of the articles available in the print version of TIME, but does not include all of the images.  After reading the reviews, I concluded that the images were a drawback for the Kindle version.  As one of the reviewers mentioned, there are cases where the article text might refer to an image.  However, another reviewer liked not having the graphics distracting them away from what TIME is known for, their articles. So its all a matter of preference. As Kindle technology progresses, assuming the device will continue to thrive in sales, there will most likely be more image friendly versions of the magazine available.

Currently the TIME Magazine is owned by Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX)

Kindle And Kindle DX Get Folders – They Are Called Collections

There seems to be significant interest in this long overdue feature for the Kindle, so to clear up some of the confusion for people I thought I’d look at some of the functionality and ideas surrounding Collections.

In essence, Collections are short lists of books created by the user to make browsing easier.  The idea is to save time on moving through the library and keep things nicely organized along the way.

  • Books can belong to more than one collection, or none at all
  • Collections are built directly on the Kindle
  • Your collection data will be stored by Amazon and all books will remain in their collections until you remove them
  • No data is changed by Collections, they are simply an organizational tool
  • While you are able to import collections from other people, this will not transfer the books themselves; simply the lists.
  • There are no sub-listings.  This is a one-level categorization, not a real directory tree.

So what are Collections going to be good for?  In addition to saving you from having to sort through your entire library every time you want to read a specific book, there’s a lot of customization that can come into it.  Since all Collections are user-created, it adds a certain depth of individuality to the device.

Some suggestions I’ve read so far:

  • List by Genre
  • Rate Your Books After Reading
  • Keep a List of Books To Read
  • Keep Track of What You’re Reading Now
  • Regional Listings
  • Literary Period

Any other ideas I’ve missed?

And finally, some bad news for Kindle 1 owners – it looks like Amazon is focusing all of their development effort on software version 2.* so original Kindle will not be getting the Folders update.