Kindle Under Attack From Discovery

On Wednesday, Discovery Patent Holdings LLC filed a lawsuit against Amazon(NASDAQ:AMZN) over the use of technology related to the distribution of, and securing of, digital texts that Discovery feels falls under their patents.  It is worth pointing out, at this juncture, that this is not, precisely, a new lawsuit.  In March of 2009, Discovery Communications filed a similar suit against Amazon (with Amazon suing Discovery back shortly after) with regard to these patents and the more recent one is simply a reflection of Discovery’s choice to move the patents to a separate corporate entity as they continue proceedings.  The main question on peoples’ minds, of course, is what this will mean for the future of the Kindle platform.

While I’m not intricately familiar with patent law, it would seem from an intuitive standpoint that the Kindle is safe.  As far as I, or seemingly anybody else covering the topic for that matter, recall, there was no effort made previous to these suits(at least that managed to achieve public recognition) by Discovery to defend their rights in the matter. Given that the patents in question were assigned in 1999 and 2007, it would seem rather late in the game to expect results on this front.  Again, I’m no expert and don’t claim to have the only, or even the best, interpretation of what the outcome will be.  All I can say is that I’m not terribly concerned for my Kindle.

Best of the Beatles and more Guitar Books for Kindle

To all of you Beatles fans out there, there is acoustic guitar lesson book available for Kindle with the new audio feature enabled.  It is called Best of the Beatles for Acoustic Guitar by Wolf Marshall.  The Kindle version is $9.99, which is the same as most bestsellers.  Since the audio and video feature is so new, there aren’t any reviews on it yet.  However, the paperback version has gotten great reviews with a few exceptions.

The reviewers note that this book is great for players who already know how to play the guitar, but the explanations and demonstrations included are very well documented.  The songs listed in the book are popular Beatles hits such as “Hey Jude,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Till There Was You” and more. The CD included with the paperback version has a demonstration played at a normal speed and slow speed which helps with understanding how to play the songs.  The Kindle audio feature should include the same demonstrations.

If you are interested in learning how to play the acoustic guitar elements for other bands such as Eric Clapton, Indigo Girls, John Mellencamp, the Rolling Stones and others in the same genre, then you should check out Acoustic Guitar, by Chad Johnson.  It also comes with the new Kindle audio feature.  The reviewers stressed that this book is not meant for beginners, but that it does include background on techniques and chords.

If you are a beginner who is interested in learning how to play the guitar, you should try Guitar 1 or Guitar Method Book 1 2nd Ed by Greg Koch.  Guitar Method has awesome reviews and includes clear, well paced instructions for beginners  The book included traditional songs such as “Amazing Grace” and “Greensleeves.”  As a piano and violin player who started out on simple books like these, I know they can get boring really fast, but its good to know the basics before you go for the challenging stuff.

For those of you who are interested in playing songs in other genres, there are several other books available for the Kindle with audio.  If you enjoy classical guitar music, check out Classical Guitar, or for country music fans, Country Guitar… by Greg Koch.