From Cupertino

Right now I’m in a hotel in Cupertino, CA. You might be asking me what I’m doing here and the answer is simple: talking to people (i.e. working). So I can’t really say that I have a lot to say about here, as I haven’t been out of the hotel or the office much (the hotel is so close to the office that right now I’m in my hotel room and using the office wireless to connect to the internet). I only have two impressions:

  1. Now I understand why the woman that sat beside me on the airplane complained that Seattle was cold (even though the weather was great while she was there)
  2. This is the view from the office I’m staying:


Not too bad (taken with my iPhone 3GS by the way – I completely forgot to take a better camera, which would have been mostly a waste anyway), but quite boring compared to the mountain view that I used to have at my office in Seattle (and that turned to a lake view and now is a view from the building across the street).

I didn’t really want to make this email sound like I’m comparing Cupertino to Seattle, but that’s what it turned out to be. Oh, well… Time to go to the office for probably another 8-10 day (hopefully this time I’ll get some dinner before it’s too late and there is nowhere I can go besides the food market at the gas station down the street).

Hey, I can finally (somehow) talk about things I’ve been working on!

Things have been quite busy lately. Since I moved to the Kindle team, I’ve been working with a lot of exciting stuff (oh, I was working with exciting stuff before, but it was more something that I thought was exciting but nobody could quite understand). And finally last night one of the projects I’ve been working on launched! No, I wasn’t really working on the Kindle store for Germany, or the news that Amazon is eventually going to integrate with library eBooks, or the optimized Kindle reader for Android Tablets… What I was working on was some features on the new version for the Kindle for PC and Kindle for Mac readers.

The feature itself is what appears when you select one or more words on the reader. It includes (besides the dictionary and add a note that existed before) an inline Wikipedia article viewer and a way to provide feedback on corrections for errors on the book. Doesn’t sound that exciting, right? Well, the exciting part of it is something that I can’t really talk about right now. Maybe one day I can get to it.

I do recommend people to try the reader out and tell me what they think. You can also try to guess what is “special” about those features. And, no, we are not adding tracking of what you are doing in order to sell more ads. It doesn’t have anything to do with that! And, well, maybe I already wrote too much!