Review: The Kindle Chronicles podcast
The Kindle Chronicles
“The Friday Podscaxt All About Your Kindle”
Host: Len Edgerly
Length: approximately 45 minutes an episode
Len Edgerly’s weekly podcast brings in-depth, insightful information to Kindle users in a unique way.
Edgerly is knowledgeable, but very accessible. He has a relaxed, friendly, casual but professional style that puts his guests at ease.
He gets great guests*…from Russ Grandinetti, Amazon’s Vice-President of Kindle Content (and the most recent guest on episode 174) to Eric Loss, who was making a solo non-stop circumnavigation of the globe with a Kindle for entertainment.
The latter interview showed Len’s skills as an interviewer. At one point, he repeated back to Loss how many books the sailor had on the Kindle…that shows the listening skills that get the guests to open up.
With Edgerly’s folksy style, I can’t help but not that these are literally “Fireside Chats”…Len uses a Kindle Fire for show notes when recording the podcast. ;)
You’ll get a lot of useful information. The show is broken down into several sections:
- Tech Tip (which Len has usually tested personally for you)
- Content (items for your Kindle, usually books)
I used to listen to talk radio a lot, but over time, I became less satisfied with all of the commercials (or pledge breaks) and the sometimes extreme viewpoints. Text-to-speech on the Kindle 2 largely replaced that for me in the car.
At this point, though, the Kindle Fire doesn’t do text-to-speech with Kindle store books. That’s meant broadening my audio horizons, and I’ve been happy to be informed and relaxed with Len Edgerly. I’ve listened to four of the weekly podcasts recently, and it’s really made my trips more valuable.
How to listen to The Kindle Chronicles on Your Kindle
Kindle 1, Kindle 2, Kindle 3 (now called a Kindle Keyboard), Kindle DX, Kindle Touch
on your computer.
Find the episode you want and download it to your computer (I find it simplest, on a PC, to right-click on the Download link. You’ll see a choice to “save target as…” or “save link as…”). Note where it goes.
Use your Kindle’s included USB cable to transfer the file into your Kindle’s Audible folder. Safely disconnect your Kindle.
The podcast should appear in your Kindle’s homescreen, just like an e-book. If that doesn’t happen, you can restart the Kindle (Home-Settings-Menu-Settings-Restart) or try Alt+Z (to my knowledge, not available on the Kindle Touch).
You can open it from there, and you’ll see some good controls for listening to it. You may find you need headphones or to connect the Kindle to an external audio source…I usually am listening through my car’s sound system).
You can download the broadcast directly from the site.
using your Kindle’s Fire’s web browser.
I’d suggest you bookmark it for future use. Tap the bookmark symbol on the bottom of your screen (to your right of the menu symbol, which is vertical lines in a box). Then tap the plus on the screen that appears.
Long press (hold your finger down for about a second) the Download link, and choose
It may take ten seconds or so to download, depending on your wi-fi speed.
If you swipe the top of your screen down, to show you the notifications, you can see the progress of the download.
Once it completes, go to Web.
Tap Menu, and choose Downloads.
Tap the file, and it should start playing for you.
You can pause it, and return to it later.
If you hit the Homescreen, the podcast will continue to play, even while you do other things on your Kindle Fire. If you swipe down from the top of the screen, you’ll see it under Ongoing. You can tap that to return to the controls.
The only problem I found was that once I had listened to a podcast once, the picture for the first guest (in my case Stephen Windwalker of Kindle Nation Daily) stayed there for the other guests.
If you are going to listen while connected to wi-fi, you may find the Stitcher Podcast Radio app handy.I found it a snap to download the free app and get it playing The Kindle Chronicles for me. I only downloaded it right before this post to test it out for you. It seems like a good app, and a way to put together a string of podcasts on a give topic…but I didn’t immediately see a way to download the programs, so it wouldn’t help me in the car with my Fire. If you’ve found a good podcast downloading app, feel free to let me know.
Overall, The Kindle Chronicles is another good data channel for me for the Kindle…and pleasant as well. :)
* Full disclosure: I have been a guest on The Kindle Chronicles:
Len and I also have some e-mail correspondence. Has that influenced this review? Perhaps…Len’s a nice guy, and that’s probably given me a more positive feeling about the show. However, I haven’t been a regular listener (as embarrassing as that is) until recently. I think I’m giving you a reasonably objective assessment, but I did want you to know about this connection.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.