News – 1) Inkmesh analyzes 11,604 eBook titles and finds that Amazon is the clear winner in lowest prices, with Barnes & Noble a distant second and Sony “doesn’t even seem to be trying.” 2) no nook yet – my nice email from William Lynch, president of Barnes&Noble.com . 3) Amazon reports that November was the best ever for Kindle sales. Sandeep Aggarwal of Collins Stewart comes up with a weirdly low estimate of 500,000 for total Kindle sales in 2009. Sarah Rotman Epps is a lot closer to reality, I’d wager, at 1.8 million Kindle sales in ’09. 4) A fun David Pogue video on eBooks and a more substantive comparison of leading eReaders by his paper.
Tech Tip – Bruce Bouchard helps me find an old French dictionary and a Spanish-English dictionary as well as a 1913 Webster’s Unabridged and a very big Collaborative International Dictionary of English, courtesy of the MobileRead forum. These can all be made your primary Kindle dictionary. Another one I liked enough to pay money for: the Merriam-Webster French to English Translation Dictionary. My dream English dictionary is not yet available for Kindle, but one day…
Interview (Begins at 17:00) – In a telephone interview on November 29, 2009, Forrester Research’s eBook/eReader sage, Sarah Rotman Epps, talks about what’s ahead for the Kindle, the Nook, the looming Apple tablet, and much else. Additional coverage of Sarah’s forecasts here.
Content – Opening this court file on my Kindle and DX in PDF and converted-to-Kindle formats.
Comments – Ann Miner’s link to Seattle Channel interview by Nancy Pearl with Paul Collins that wandered into a Kindle discussion at about 22 minutes (iTunes podcast link); Craig Scarberry’s recommendation of the excellent Books on the Nightstand podcast; Jean Remple on OCTO covers (more on covers here and here); Ann Miner with a good idea for Amazon; Marcy MacKenzie on a meetup with Bob Cope; an Amazon PR spokesman confirms the Facebook post stating that “a better way to organize your Kindle libraries” is coming; Jim Jones links to the Cushing Academy of Canada-Sony Reader style; Tom Lichty links to a charming coming-of-Kindle-age column by Margie Boulé in The Oregonian; Kevin Warner, a new Kindle owner from Down Under; Len Charnoff’s tutorial video on Inkmesh; audio comments from Pastor Mark Pierce of Church Requel and Bob Lee.
Next Week – Let’s try this again: Brent Evans of GeekTonic is scheduled to join me for first impressions of our yet-to-be shipped nooks.