News – 1. Will Amazon make it possible to give Kindle books straight to your Kindle? Is that a good idea? 2. Plastic Logic abandons the Que ProReader before launch. Click here for the interview I did with Maureen Mellon at the Que’s booth at CES in January. 3. The National Federation of the Blind commends Amazon for the accessibility improvements included in the next generation of Kindles. 4. Blogger Mike Cane urges Jeff Bezos to pounce on the opportunity to buy Barnes & Noble.
Interview (starts at 12:03) – Russ Grandinetti, Amazon’s Vice President for Kindle Content, in a conversation by Skype and phone on August 11, 2011, talks about social media, Google Editions, and whether there will be serious shortages of the Kindle 3.
Content – Pete Hamill’s upcoming book on immigration, They Are Us, will skip print altogether and go straight to e-book format this fall.
If you’d like to support my panel proposal for South by Southwest Interactive 2010, titled “How You Can Survive the E-Book Revolution,” with Joshua Tallent, please click here and vote for the proposal and leave a comment. This might improve our chances of being selected to present the panel at SXSW. Thanks!
If you are itching to pre-order a Kindle 3 but don’t know what to do with your trusty Kindle 2, check out E-Books for Troops early next week. Ken Clark and I are cooking up a great solution.