People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

Monthly Archives: December 2011

Vizualize Your Career

Connect your LinkedIn profile with Vizualize to create an infographic of your career.

Here’s what ours look like:

 Sandra’s Viz

 Lisa’s Viz

Kindle Help Me Choose: Part Deux

If you read my October Kindle Help Me Choose post, you saw that I needed some guidance in choosing a Kindle.

This holiday season, I purchased 3 Kindles as gifts.  I’ve decided to share my experiences with 3 different models.

Kindle

Pros: 1. This first generation is the lightest version. 2. Its good for serious readers who only intend to read.

Cons: 1. It doesn’t have a keyboard so every time you want to type you have to bring up the internal keyboard and select letters one at a time. 2. The only way to turn the page is using the buttons at the  bottom.

Kindle Keyboard

Pros: 1. The external keyboard makes it easier to do internet searches and type notes. 2. You now have multiple ways of turning the page.

Cons: 1. It’s heavier than first generation. 2. Like the first generation, if you want to highlight sections or look up words, you have to move the cursor up & down each line and left & right of each word which quickly gets annoying.

Kindle Touch

Pros: 1. Now you can operate by just touching the screen in certain places. 2. If you want to highlight or look up a word you just hold your finger on a section or word for a couple seconds.

Cons: 1. It’s sensitive and if something brushes against it I find myself in a completely different section of my book. 2. It doesn’t have an external keyboard so I found myself typing less.

There are a couple things more I want to share.

  • All have wireless access for easier purchasing of books right from your Kindle
  • All of theses models have the option of buying the more expensive 3G version
  • All have dictionary functions
  • All let you change the font size
  • The usability is a bit clunky and counter-intuitive. Trying to do things, like remove a book from your device, takes a couple of attempts before you figure it out.
  • Has a pretty flat learning curve.
  • You can have multiple Kindle devices on the same Amazon account and you can share books among these devices.
  • You can remove books from your device to make room but the book stays on your Amazon account if you want to put it back on your device.

All in all, this is a great gift for serious readers.

Our Bookshelf: The DRM-free Ebook Lending Social Network – Guest Post by Greg Belvedere

Even with the rise of e-readers and e-books, there are unresolved issues such as the use of digital rights management (DRM) files that affect the sharing of e-books. Here is a guest post by Greg Belvedere about Our Bookshelf: The DRM-free Ebook Lending Social Network.


Like many I have grown frustrated with the lack of convenient ways to share ebooks. Companies like Amazon claim to offer ways to do this, but they use DRM files and place so many restrictions on how you can share ebooks that few have taken advantage of them. On the other end of the spectrum sharing ebooks via Bit Torrent and other file sharing methods amounts to little more than piracy. Although very convenient, these file sharing methods do not respect the copyrights of authors and publishers. If these people can’t make a living we can’t expect them to keep producing quality ebooks.

In response to this problem I have found a way to make sharing ebooks as easy as sharing regular books, maybe easier. At the same time my method will respect copyright holders. I’m doing this by creating a DRM-free ebook lending social network. I have a clear concise explanation of how this will work on our website Our Bookshelf. In addition to this novel way of respecting copyright in a file sharing setting, I plan to build some interesting features into the site. I hope you will check it out and follow us on twitter @ourebookshelf and like our facebook page, so we can keep you updated and let you know when we launch the site.


Greg Belvedere is the founder of Our Bookshelf, the DRM-Free ebook lending social network. He is also an adult librarian who works for Brookyn Public Library.

NYC Blogger Map

This is the NYC Blogger Map.

There are a million blogs in the city.
Here’s where to find 6293 of them.

Search for a blog by borough, subway line and even subway stop.

 Or register your blog to be included on the map.

Thank you Liz, Matt, and Mike for this ingenious resource.