News – 1) Harvard Library Director Robert Darnton, my guest on last week’s show, says the gathering he hosted last weekend was a success, because a clear consensus emerged in support of creating a National Digital Library, as reported in this post by The Chronicle of Higher Education. 2) Amazon updates the Kindle for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch application with “Book Extras” imported from Shelfari. I bought out Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth to see how the Book Extras work.
Tech Tip – A nudge from listener Paul Levin was all it took to get me to try the screensaver hack on my Kindle 3. It works, but proceed with caution!
Interview (11:05) – Darlene and I drove to the Beachmere Inn in Ogunquit, Maine, on October 1, 2010, so I could interview Sarah Diment, the owner/inkeeper. She has launched an innovative program of loaning Kindles to guests. Click here to follow Sarah’s tweets about the Beachmere.
Content – It’s frustrating when I find a book I really want to read on my Kindle, but it costs an astounding $35.20. The book is The Collapse of Complex Societies by Joseph A. Tainter, published in 1988 by Cambridge University Press.
Comments – Heather Hollick on dueling dictionaries, Chris Kroehler on his new Kindle 3 and the UK Store, and Russell Southard on the benefits of Kindle reading while on military deployments, with his shoutout for E-Books for Troops.
Next Week – I’m scheduled for a followup interview with John Just on exactly how his school district in Florida is managing content for 2,200 Kindles at Clearwater High School.
Note: I’d like to thank the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) for bringing me to Missoula, Montana, this week for a Board meeting and reunion of my fellow former chairs of the organization.