News - Sony announces its Daily Edition model, available sometime in December. Why “Is it a Kindle Killer?” is the wrong question, according to Scott D. Anthony in a Harvard Business Publishing piece. The DE will have a cool connection to public libraries via OverDrive. A new rumor has it that the Kindle is coming to Europe next week as soon as the end of this show in Berlin. (Stephen Windwalker‘s eagle eye leads him to be skeptical of the rumor.) In fallout from Amazon’s Orwell Problem, the company slows down its process for reviewing new content on the Digital Text Platform, and MobileReference tells its side of the story about the offending copy of 1984.
Interview – Bufo Calvin, a prolific and much-loved poster at the Amazon Kindle forum, talks about the most frequently asked questions, what he’d like to see in the next Kindle, and more. His Kindle books include Free Books for Your Kindle. He also makes some news on the podcast by announcing the launch of his brand new blog, I Love My Kindle. As a separate tidbit from the interview, click here for a recitation of his highly original work in the style of a fable for children, “The Happy Little Bookworm.”
Content – Jon Stewart gets off a good Kindle joke while interviewing Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America. Stewart mocks this version of the book. Click here for the version that costs half as much and uses a lot fewer trees.
Comments – Mary Hundle tells a success story using Zoolert. Bufo Calvin on the Kindle 2 and DX screensaver hacks (you can click here for the Amazon Customer Service statement that they won’t void warranty), and Bob Lee on an entertaining review of the Kindle in Scientific American.
Note: Thanks to all of you who have given a “thumbs up” to my panel proposal for South by Southwest in Austin next year! If you would like to help me out, please click here to vote for my “Taming the Kindle” proposal. This will increase my chances of getting chosen to present the panel. You’ll have to create a SxSW username and password, but you don’t have to plan to attend the event in order to vote. Thanks!
You can click here for details of my drama in the waves sent to Ocean Park, Maine, by Hurricane Bill.