Straight from the source (code)

Straight from the source (code)

This post reveals something that may be announced by Amazon on Wednesday. If you’d rather not know ahead of time, I’ll see you at the next post. 🙂

SPOILER ALERT

Every once in a while, you see something and say, “I wish I’d thought of that!”

In this case, nick541 on mobileread (an important source of information on EBRs…E-Book Readers, among other things) did something on the Amazon website I never thought to do. It was posted here:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=150994

What nick541 did was go to

http://www.amazon.com/manageyourkindle

I’ve been there lots of times, and sent you there, too.

The next step, though, was different.

nick541 looked at the source code for the site.  That’s right…”source code” isn’t just a Jake Gyllenhaal movie. 😉

It’s not a tricky thing to do…there’s not reverse engineering or anything tricky. In Google Chrome, you click the wrench, choose Tools, and choose View Source. In Internet Explorer 9, you click the gear, then go to Developer Tools, then you’ll View Source.

I went specifically to the Manage Your Devices section, then checked the source. Based on a cue from Nick541 (I want to make sure I am giving enough credit), I searched for the word Prime.

I found this:

PRIME_EBOOKS_COMPATIBLE

That was one part of a line of code.

What are Prime e-books?

Nothing…yet. 🙂 At least, not for us.

However, you know about Prime, a service that normally costs you $79 a year? It often gets you free shipping, and cheaper expedited shipping. Prime subscribers also get free streaming video…Amazon just struck a deal with Fox, which will add The X-Files, Buffy, and a whole lot more to the library “later this fall”.

Here’s another interesting piece of the source code:

itemData.lendingType; // should be Prime or Library right now

There you go…there is evidence that Prime is going to include lending e-books. I’m guess those won’t be from Agency Model publishers, but it could be. I don’t know how it will work…maybe you can borrow a book for a week? Which books? We may find out Wednesday, when Amazon seems likely to announce a tablet. The new rumor is that the AmTab will be called the Kindle Fire. At first brush, I don’t like the name…Kindle managed to avoid sounding like they were burning paperbooks by making a big deal about “kindling imagination” or “kindling passions”. “Fire” just puts that right out there. Hnmm…maybe it isn’t the Kindle 4, but the Kindle 451. 😉

Also, where do you go from there? Is the next one the Kindle Conflagration? 🙂

I think of an Amazon backlit tablet as another line of hardware, rather than as  Kindle, but that’s up to them. Do I think there will be another generation of the reflective screen Kindles? Yep, and I think Amazon would make a point about that at the same time the introduce a backlit device…maybe even announce the next gen reflective at the same time.

I won’t pretend to have read all the code yet…there may be more interesting things, but I feel a bit like I’m x-raying the packages before my birthday. 😉 I like surprises, but I knew that this was out there already. Oh, I want to credit Yahoo News for sending me the heads-up on this

Electronista article

There, I think I’ve thanked enough people…they are starting to play the music to get me off stage. 😉

I’m getting more excited for Wednesday (and how often do you say that?)! I feel like I should be in a Kindle costume waiting outside a movie theatre for three days…

This post by Bufo Calvin appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog

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12 Responses to “Straight from the source (code)”

  1. Andrew Says:

    “I’m getting more excited for Wednesday (and how often do you say that?)!”

    And here I figured you for a comic geek!

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Andrew!

      🙂

      Not really a contemporary one…my Green Lantern is still Hal Jordan…I don’t go much beyond Crisis, although I did read Watchmen and The Dark Knight.

      • Andrew Says:

        I was about to point out that Hal’s been GL again for a few years now, but then I remembered they just replaced him with Sinestro. (Don’t ask!) 😉

      • bufocalvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Andrew!

        Yeah, they sometimes get as complicated as soap operas. 🙂

        Can’t say I’m not looking forward to the Deadman adaptation, even though I figure that’s not the Silver Age version I know.

        It was kind of funny because my offspring thought GL was my favorite superhero, just because I know the oath. 🙂 I know a lot of stuff that isn’t necessarily my favorite. 😉

  2. Roger Knights Says:

    At first brush [blush?], I don’t like the name…Kindle managed to avoid sounding like they were burning paperbooks by making a big deal about “kindling imagination” or “kindling passions”. “Fire” just puts that right out there. Hnmm…maybe it isn’t the Kindle 4, but the Kindle 451. 😉

    Also, where do you go from there? Is the next one the Kindle Conflagration? 🙂

    Potboiler?

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Roger!

      You are absolutely right! I messed up the idiom, although when I checked on it, many, many other people have used it as “at first brush”. In my head, that was a “brush” as in a brief, non-intimate encounter. I will change it to blush…it was just a misuse, no excuses.

      Potboiler is good. I suppose we eventually get “The Towering Inferno” or “The Chicago Fire”. Is a rooted AmTab a “Wildfire”? 😉 Will they get Doinald Trump to do an ad? “Gee, Mr. Trump, I like the idea of a tablet, but I don’t have $500.” Trump: “You’re Fired” and the guy gets handed an Amazon Kindle Fire? Do they use an “invention of fire” prehistoric campaign (I think the Geico cavemen are out of work)? Do they do “stories around a campfire? Maybe they could recycle the opening to Amazing Stories with Ray Walston? Oh, the possibilities…

      😉

      • Roger Knights Says:

        “You are absolutely right! I messed up the idiom, although when I checked on it, many, many other people have used it as “at first brush”. In my head, that was a “brush” as in a brief, non-intimate encounter.”

        You inadvertently created a “congruent conflation.” Incongruent conflations can be quite amusing. My favorites are:

        When the going gets tough, make lemonade.
        The devil is in the pudding.
        Put your nose to the wheel.
        That’s the way the cookie bounces.
        Throw your towel in the ring.
        Preaching to a dead horse.
        Don’t judge a sheep by its clothing.
        To forgive is human, to forget, divine.
        Nobody’s human.
        A zebra cannot change its spots (according to Al Gore)

        There’s a website devoted to conflations, here:
        http://www.conflations.com/pages/intro.html

      • bufocalvin Says:

        Thanks for writing, Roger!

        You know, I’ve been called on using the word “conflating”…people just didn’t know what it meant. 🙂 It often comes in politics, when someone conflates two issues…tying them together when they are actually unrelated. It’s sometimes done to suggest a cause and effect.

        That list reminds me of “Mondegreens”. You are probably familiar with those. It’s when someone mishears a song lyric and replaces the original with a similar sounding set of words. The original of the term is from someone mishearing, “And laid him on the green” as “And Lady Mondegreen”, I believe. One of my favorites is from “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”. The person who submitted it heard a line as, “Oh Mama dear, we’re not the four chicken buns”. Fans of the song may know what the original is, but I’ll leave it out there in case people want to guess. 🙂

        Here’s a site of those:

        http://www.kissthisguy.com/

        The domain name is from the Jimi Hendrix line, often heard as “‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy”. The actual line is, “‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky”.

  3. Carol Bimberg Says:

    Thanks for the tip on the source code, Bufo! I checked mine and found the same phrases you discussed in your post. I am also very excited about tomorrow’s announcement and will probably be checking Amazon’s site at midnight … just in case. 😉

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Carol!

      No problem…I never would have done it without nick541. 🙂

      I don’t think I’m doing midnight (it’s a work night…and I don’t do midnight much), but I’ll be checking in the morning.

  4. Tom Semple Says:

    Another interesting one in there is ‘PDOCS_ARCHIVAL_SUPPORTED ‘. Are they adding support to archive/sync ‘personal documents’? That would be fun…

    Unfortunately, there’s no ‘EPUB_SUPPORTED’.

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Tom!

      Yep, that’s been a rumor, too…they let us put personal docs in the Cloud Drive, so it doesn’t seem like the copyright infringement risk is much higher to put them in our archives. That could be a piece of it. If they did that, they could Whispersync personal documents and back up our annotations on those. That would be a big plus.

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