News – The 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 nook. Click 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.