News – 1) Google finally launches its much-delayed Google eBookstore, as reported by The Washington Post, A Kindle World, and Kindle Nation Daily. Independent bookstores such as my favorite, the Tattered Cover in Denver, jumped on the e-wagon, enabling me to buy an e-book from the TC for the first time, but not for my Kindle. 2) Amazon countered the following day with plans to expand Kindle for the Web. 4) On December 6th, Oprah gave everyone in her audience a Kindle but still played nice with the Penguin. 5) Seth Godin and Amazon launch The Domino Project. 6) The Grinch keeps Kindles from arriving in Canada until after Christmas.
Tech Tip – Sorry, Kes, I couldn’t find a way to delete your least favorite Kindle screensaver images.
Interview (Begins at 19:14) – I spoke with James McQuivey, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research, by Skype on December 8, 2010, about the Google eBookstore. Two days earlier, he wrote a thought-provoking post titled “Google eBooks Paves the Way for Ad-Supported Publishing.”