News – 1) Are libraries screwed in the age of e-books? A provocative presentation in September by Eli Neiberger of the Ann Arbor District Library argues yes, unless… I found the item at the blog of Eric Hellman. 2) Overdrive announces new apps and a big increase in borrowing of e-books from libraries (sadly, not for the Kindle) . 3) Amazon announces new apps for upcoming Adroid and Microsoft tablets. 4) Suzanna Stinnett launches #KindleChat on Twitter Fridays at noon PST. 5) James McQuivey of Forrester reports in via Twitter that the big news in e-books at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show is no news.
Tech Tip – A quick review of how to make a screenshot on your Kindle. Hint: Alt Shift G.
Interview – It was two years ago this week that Joshua Tallent left his day job at WORDSearch and went full time at his startup e-book design and conversion business, eBook Architects. Now the company has five employees and a new office, with plans for further growth. I spoke with Joshua on January 4, 2011, by Skype between Omaha and Austin to get his take on what a difference 2010 made in the land of e-books. If you haven’t checked it out yet, don’t miss the eBook Ninjas podcast, presented each week by Joshua and his associates at eBook Architects. My previous interviews with Joshua are here and here.
Content – Darlene and I are reading Sloane Hall by Libby Sternberg, who will be my guest on the podcast next week. Libby’s witty column putting e-books in historical perspective appeared this week in the Wall Street Journal (registration required).