The View From Outside on Kindle

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Dan

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May 14, 2009, 1:08:07 AM5/14/09
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In the next few days, The View From Outside, for being blog-esque,
will be available via Kindle Blogs. Thus, another venue. I have to
say I'm somewhat eager to see how it turns out.

Dan

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May 17, 2009, 3:30:17 AM5/17/09
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Okay cats,

Here's the link:

http://www.amazon.com/The-View-From-Outside/dp/B0029U26R4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=digital-text&qid=1242544850&sr=1-1

For a lousy $1.99 straphangers can read VFO and brag about it to their
friends. And when hyper-inflation hits, that price is sure to go up!

-- Dan

Dan

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May 17, 2009, 3:37:13 PM5/17/09
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I just finished reading the Kindle version of VFO, and I have to say
it looks pretty good. Also, I made some corrections to the RSS feed
and these were updated on Kindle within a matter of two hours.

There's one problem with the model Kindle uses, but I think I can work
around it.

Essentially, Kindle takes an rss feed and Kindle-izes it. This means
that the chronological structure of most blog feeds (and VFO) is
imported as-is, and this structure is not as helpful in "book" form
as, say, a hierarchical structure.

Part of this is owing to the nature of RSS/Atom, which does not permit
nested items. However, because Kindle reads the feed as is, I can
create a special RSS for Kindle, using certain <item> elements to
*appear* as if the <item> elements following them are nested inside of
them.

But the bottom line for now is that it reads on Kindle pretty well.

On May 14, 1:08 am, Dan <dan.roent...@gmail.com> wrote:
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