News – 1) Amazon just barely makes its deadline of adding lending capability for Kindle by the end of the year. Bookborrowr prepares a community of Kindle loaners and borrowers. 2) The Kindle 3 passes Harry Potter 7 as the most popular Amazon product in history, leading at least one tech pundit to admit he was wrong. Barnes & Noble touts the Nook‘s first Christmas. 3) I’ve taken a look at Andrei Pushkin’s steps to root a Nook Color so it will run Kindle for Android, but I haven’t taken the plunge yet. It’s a hack not for the faint of heart.
Tech Tip – Brett McNeil passes along a creative refinement for groups of Kindle readers sharing an Amazon account – try giving individual titles to the account, enabling individuals to use their own credit cards instead of the one linked to the shared account. Smart!
Interview (starts at 16:14) – On December 28, 2010 I visited in person with Joyce Neujahr, director of patron services at the University of Nebraska at Omaha‘s Criss Library. Joyce launched one of the first library programs in the nation to loan Kindles, so she has a lot of experience to offer. She’d also love to visit with Jeff Bezos to share her ideas about what Amazon could do to revolutionize Interlibrary Loans.
Content – Denis Shelston tips us off to La Bibliotheque electronique du Quebec, a source for public domain PDF e-book titles in French.