TKC 73 Brent Evans

brent-evans-thumbNewsThe Wall Street Journal reports on Simon & Schuster’s less-than-brilliant strategy to fight the $9.99 eBook pricing of Amazon by delaying the launch of eBook titles.  Lauren Walter reacts here, and Seth Godin explains what the publishers are missing here.  A reader of Stephen Windwalker’s Kindle Nation blog weighs in on the general topic.  USA Today provides an overview.    ITEM 2: Kindle for Macintosh is coming soon!  Item 3: Amazon announces work on making Kindle “a breakthrough device for the blind,” with audio reaction from Chris Danielson, spokesman for the National Federation of the Blind.

Tech Tip – Amazon is rolling out the ability to delete items from your Kindle archive. (Hat tip to Rick Askenase for spotting this one.)

Interview – Brent Evans of GeekTonic returns to the podcast (click here for his last visit, in March)  for a gabfest on our first impressions of the nookClick here for my unboxing video. We tried out the LendMe feature, which was cool, but agreed the Kindle is easier to use than the nook and works better.   Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal agreed, in print and video, as did David Pogue of The New York Times (print here, video here).

Content – Motoko Rich of The New York Times broke the news that The Atlantic has launched “the iTunes-ization of short fiction” with exclusive $3.99 Kindle versions of two short stories, “Shovel Kings” by Edna O’Brien and “Cynara” by Christopher Buckley.

Comment – The word from Guam.

Next Week’s Interview Guest – Eric Engleman, senior technology staff writer for TechFlash and the Puget Sound Business Journal, who writes a must-read blog all about Amazon.

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Comments 3

  1. Al MacDiarmid wrote:

    Re: The “Lend me” feature on the nook. It appeared to me that early on Barnes and Noble got all excited about this feature and announced it before clearing it with publishers. Then publishers got all scared about this feature and negotiated with B&N (I use this term loosely, they more likely threatened) to make it first a serial loan, that is one at a time instead in parallel like the Kindle share and second finally to be loaned only once. Then they announced that the publishers had the right to opt out. I feel that Barnes and Noble are being sorely blamed for something that publishers steamrolled B&N on. I don’t think the publishers realize how many sales are generated off word or mouth, lending, libraries and all sorts of ways to get the excitement about a book going. I think it is time to move the tar brush from B&N to publishers where it belongs. I really think publishers suffer from mental myopia and unless get better spectacles they are going to mortally wound themselves. Steve Jordan in his book “Why Is This Hill So Steep?” points out the blindness of what he calls BigPub very well.

    Posted 11 Dec 2009 at 4:50 pm
  2. Andrys wrote:

    Rick, would B&N be so naive re announcing it before clearing with publishers? (I don’t think so.)

    They pushed the marketing buzz, keeping fine print microscopic after the stipulations were in place.

    On the B&N forums, staff answers that, yes, multiple Nooks under one account can share books. They haven’t said what limit there may be to that though.

    I certainly agree with you on the publisher myopia and then some!

    Posted 11 Dec 2009 at 5:24 pm
  3. Jennifer Jacobsen wrote:

    Have you ever seen the sitcom “Big Bang Theory” Monday nights on CBS? One of the characters owns a Kindle and it can be seen in his apartment in the background.

    Also, this past Sunday the Boston Globe had two stories where they mentioned ereaders but instead of using the word “ereader’ they used “Kindle”… is it the new Kleenex?

    Posted 15 Dec 2009 at 1:32 pm