News – A brief interview with Ian Freed, Amazon’s Kindle VP, on G-Day, October 7, when news broke of the Kindle’s global availability–in more than 100 countries, and an immediate $40 price cut on the Kindle 2, to $259. I heard about it first from Andrys Basten. The new Kindle International edition ($279) will begin shipping on October 19, and you can preorder now. Also, a Forbes.com article proclaims “The Coming e-Book Boom.”
Tech Tip – Opportunities and frustrations with your My Clippings file.
Interview – Becca Smith of Oberon Design in Santa Rosa, California, tells the how the Kindle has helped an artful leather- and pewter-working studio continue to thrive with the creation of classic Kindle covers. She also offers intriguing insights into Kindle owners and how they differ from users of other eReaders. Also, a contest in which you can win an Oberon cover.
Comments – Robi Drell, Esmeralda de Trafford, Pastor Mark Pierce, Rick Askenase, Jesslyn Hendrix with a “regular user’s” take on the Kindle International and Amazon’s cool “Kindle Love” sweepstakes contest, Dorian Nisinson, Werner Aguilar, Daniel Meyers with a link to Robin Young’s “Here and Now” interview with Dr. James Tracy, Peggy Poellot with first-hand evidence that Amazon is now doing it right when it discovers a book with copyright problems, Candy Yates, Len Charnoff, Marcy McKenzie, and an audio comment from Tom Lichty of Portland, Oregon.
Next Week’s Interview: Stefaan Van Gerven, product manager-embedded speech at Nuance Communications, which makes the Text to Speech system for the Kindle.