News – Item 1: David Letterman weighs in on the iPad as Kindle Killer (click here for video – Kindle bit starts at 2:48). Item 2: Ken Auletta of The New Yorker asks “Publish or Perish: Can the iPad topple the Kindle and Save Publishing?” Andrys Basten’s offers a rebuttal, with link to FAIR critique. Digital Book World Roundtable panelists Ed Nowotka and Laura Dawson give their thoughts on the Auletta piece. Item 3: Citi’s Mark Mahaney tells CNBC’s Fast Money he is still modestly bullish on Amazon. Item 4: Now it’s official – Target will be selling Kindles. Item 5: Calibre, the free e-book management program, passes a big milestone – one million users.
Tech Tip – More on last week’s navigation tips, from the Reading Edge Facebook page.
Interview – Carolyn Kellogg caught my attention with her Los Angeles Times blog post titled “iPad’s book-like touches may appeal to traditional readers.” The Blog is titled Jacket Copy, and you can subscribe to it on your Kindle by clicking here. In a phone/Skype conversation on April 20, we discussed the essence of the book and other topics.
Content – Stephen Windwalker discusses Amazon’s exclusive Kindle book published with Time Magazine – Love, Sex, Freedom and the Paradox of the Pill, available for $5.59 at the Kindle Store. Another book you won’t find in the Apple iBooks store is Blockade Billy, a novella by Stephen King, priced at $7.79. Also, a quick comparison of reading the Wall Street Journal on Kindle versus the same newspaper as an iPad app.
Comments – I hear back from dizzle, who called me out here and turns out to be a “she”, as well as a former Kindle owner saving up for an iPad. Also, Greg Keck on his iPad experiences and a long message from CEN about migraines, LCD screens and the Kindle DX as cure.