News – Item 1: Amazon announces the release of Kindle for Mac software. Item 2: The New York Times reports on the latest round in Amazon v. Apple and the Publishers. Item 3: Two reading features of the iPad I hadn’t heard about yet, and an estimate that 200,000 iPads were presold in the first week.
Interview – Joshua Tallent, founder and CEO of eBook Architects, spoke with me in person on March 14, 2010, in Austin, where I was attending South by Southwest Interactive. We discussed the iPad, eBook prices, and how authors can succeed in publishing for eBook formats, especially the Kindle. Click here for Joshua’s last appearance on the podcast, 65 episodes ago.
Content - John Grisham has a change of heart regarding eBooks. Doubleday announces that all 23 of his novels are now available in Kindle and other eBook formats. Via Techflash, click here for his Today Show interview, back when he had little good to say about eBooks.
Here are some more content suggestions via Twitter: MaryGoBlue recommends ManyBooks. Kipp Poe likes Smashwords and authors’ pages, including those for Tom Raimbault, J.A. Konrath, and Andersen Prunty. Robert Anderson loves the Magic Catalog of Project Gutenberg, as do I.
Your Comments – Allen MacDiarmid on the iPad, Alan Morris on Kindle for Mac, and Ronald Molnar on Apple’s job listing for an Independent Publisher Account Manager.
EBooks for Troops Update – I’m partnering with Ken Clark (who blogs here) to create a nonprofit to expand the project of providing Kindles to active-duty troops. We’ve settled on a new name, EBooks for Troops (EB4T), which is not as pleasingly alliterative as the original Kindles for Kandahar, but more descriptive. M-Edge Accessories donated the first Kindle and accessories, to Army Sgt. Andre Corbin, who will soon be deployed in Afghanistan, ready to identify troops to receive the next Kindles. We have raised approximately $1,000 in contributions so far. Thank you to everyone who has participated, especially M-Edge!