Saturday, November 24, 2007

Kindle! - PKTR 9 Show Notes

Here it is!

It's called Kindle and it's the new darling of Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos. They don't call it an e-book reader, or a Reader Digital Book, rather it's a wireless reading device. It holds about 200 titles and can hold even more simply by adding a memory card. You can choose from almost 90,000 books (including almost all of the current New York Times Best Sellers and new releases), top newspapers (including the Washington Post, The New York Times and others), top magazines and blogs. Amazon will be adding more book titles daily.

Wireless delivery of all of these goodies is free and includes access to Wikipedia. So, once you buy the book or the magazine subscription via Amazon, they deliver it wirelessly and virtually instantaneously to your Kindle. And they back up your info for you. No need to sync with your computer.

Read this post from Techcrunch for terrific information, including many more comments and Erick Schonfeld's Q&A with Jeff Bezos. The post that the PKTR hosts referenced can be found here. Here's the Macworld article we mentioned, too. And, for the sake of comparison, here's a link to the latest Sony Reader Digital Book.

We simply couldn't cover all there is to say about this device, so please go to for more information. Oh, and here's the video with the guy whose voice is similar to the guy who does the Apple ads (close your eyes before deciding whether you agree with us; they look very different. We're just talking about the voice). But forget the voice, the point is that he does a great little demo of Kindle.

Here is the David Pogue video we mentioned (okay, gushed about) in the show:

We still love that video. I think we know it by heart...and here is his article about Kindle.

Please note: On the show, we mentioned that downloads can take less than a second. Of course, we meant to say one minute (it's fast but it's not that fast.) That's less than one minute to download a book.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Make Books Kindling?! - PKTR 9 Preview

A few years ago, I saw Oprah interviewing Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon. I like the guy. He seems sincere and earnest. Yesterday, I saw an article in the New York Times describing his latest darling, Kindle.

That's our topic for today, Kindle, the e-book reader that aims to eliminate, or significantly reduce the number of, books in print (on paper).

What do you think about e-books?
Call in! Saturday at 2:00 pm (EDT).

Images from Usborne Books and Google Images.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Birthday Parties Galore!! - PKTR 8 Show Notes

On today's show, PKTR hosts discussed birthday parties. Do we really need to have elaborate, over-the-top parties? Did you have them when you were a kid? The hosts shared their thoughts about how today's families celebrate birthdays.

They noted various locations that are great for younger kids and for tweens, including Build-a-Bear and Chuck E Cheese's.

One of the resources the PKTR hosts mentioned on the show was Celebrate Express:

Here's an example of a popular theme for tween birthdays:

Celebrating baby's First Birthday? You'll find plenty of products including these:

The hosts ran out of time before they could give you other resources to make your party what you want it to be. Here they are:

Birthday in a Box, Birthday Direct, The Party Works, Beau-Coup, Plum Party, Oriental Trading, and Shindigz.

Join us again next week at the same time!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Birthday Parties! - PKTR 8 Preview

Holiday time often means that kids whose birthdays fall around this time of year get shortchanged. PKTR's hosts want to give you ideas and resources to help put together a birthday party now (or at any other time of the year!). We'll also tell you what we think about birthday parties for today's kids.

Call the show on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. (EDT). 1.347.215.7870

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Holiday Greetings!! - PKTR 7

On today's show, the PKTR hosts tackle the world of holiday greetings. What are you doing this year? Does the whole family sit for a formal portrait then send it to everyone you know after you've glued the photo to a card? Or have you given up on them altogether? Do you prefer postcards or do you send out a two page holiday letter? Do you know about online resources to make the whole ordeal fun??

It's that time of year...

And we're here to help.

Here are the sites we mentioned in the show:



American Greetings



And, as we promised, here is the Flip Video Camcorder:



Update: After our show, the Today show ran a great segment on how to take a good holiday photo. View it by clicking on the link below:
Tips for a great holiday-card photo
Tips for a great holiday-card photo

Images from Google Images
, Amazon (and the sites themselves, of course).

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Movie Time!! - PKTR 6 Show Notes

In today's show, the PKTR hosts and some guests provide some insights about Jerry Seinfeld's, "Bee Movie" (in theaters now).

As promised in the show, here are a couple of trailers for the movie:

Now, for the list of PKTR's Top Movies for Tweens:

Top Movies for Tween Girls:
Bridge to Terabithia
The Road to El Dorado
The Simpsons Movie

Top Sports Movies for Tweens:
The Game Plan
Angels in the Outfield
Everyone's Hero

Top Movies for Tween Boys:
Golden Eye
X-Men 3
The Simpsons Movie
The Bee Movie

and finally, the website where you can read reviews and descriptions of movies, books, television and more before your kids do: