TKC 108 Russ Grandinetti

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.

Tech Tip – Courtesy of the Me and My Kindle blog and Teleread, a reminder on how to delete a whole bunch of typing with one click.

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.

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Comments 3

  1. Al MacDiarmid wrote:

    My solution for gifting a book is the same as gifting a gift card, except this one would be for a specific book and not just money. You could receive the gift either via snail mail or e-mail and then put that book on whatever device you wished. Sending a gift book directly to the Kindle might be overlooked amongst a thousand or so books on a Kindle. Also, timing being everything, the e-mail or snail mail card, or even hand delivered, would be a better solution IMHO.

    Posted 14 Aug 2010 at 9:45 am
  2. Jonathan Drake wrote:

    I have been following your podcast ever since acquiring a kindle several months ago as part of Amazon’s full refund if you don’t “love it” promotion. I compliment you on a professional and interesting approach to kindle issues. One topic that continues to bug me, though, is the social media discussion…mostly because the dialogue seems be sidestep the key social media aspect of “traditional books” – the ability to lend them to friends. Until Amazon and publishers find a way to allow e-book owners to “lend” their e-books, short of lending their entire kindle, there will continue to be fundamental differences in the ownership rights between e-books and traditional books. I can’t help but think that Amazon’s addition of such things as facebook to the kindle software is a conscious attempt to keep kindle owners’ eyes off the ball as to what they “own” when they shop in the kindle store, a non-transferable electronic book. The ability to go into their library and recommend and lend a traditional book in perpetuity is one of the most common and gratifying social reading experiences to dedicated readers. E-books still cannot match this experience, and it is this difference, as well as the clearly reduced cost of publication, that should be a driver as to where e-book pricing will ultimately settle. Publishers apparently understand that traditional readers might lend their books to friends, and that this social interaction may cut into sales. I look forward to the day when Amazon and publishers will allow you to lend a purchased e-book to a friend and truly share the reading experience, rather than merely sharing quotes from books on facebook.

    Posted 16 Aug 2010 at 8:43 am
  3. Andrys wrote:

    Jonathan,
    Actually Amazon convinced publishers to allow 6 Kindle or Kindle-compatible devices to share the same book on the same account.

    Husbands and wives or or other family members or close friends who are trusting of people using their accounts can read the same book at no added cost AT THE SAME TIME for an unlimited period, and not for just 2 weeks, unlike the ‘lending’ feature elsewhere which is for 2 weeks only and for one person only for the lifetime of the e-book.

    Reading the same book at the very same time is not possible with physical books.

    Nor can you easily put your physical book on your iPhone, iPod, Blackberry, Android phone, PC, or Mac and be able to resume reading where you last left off, without carrying anything extra beyond the usual.

    Posted 17 Aug 2010 at 11:02 pm

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