News – 1) Amazon releases a preview version of Kindle software 3.1 with significant new capabilities. 2) The New York Times adds e-books to its Bestsellers List, as reported by the Beyond Black Friday blog. 3) Amazon updates the Kindle for PC application — click here for info on it from Andrys Basten — and announces a new app for the upcoming Hewlett-Packard TouchPad tablet.
Interview (starts at 10:22) – On February 8, 2011, I visited in person with Neil Strandberg, manager of operations at Denver’s Tattered Cover Book Store, about how the e-book revolution looks from the vantage point of one of the nation’s most highly regarded independent booksellers. (Thanks to Stephen Windwalker for his helpful background briefing on the plight of indies, based on his own experience as a bookseller back in the day.)
Content – Jeffery Deaver, who was invited to write a new James Bond novel, has been reading Ian Fleming’s From Russia with Love and sharing his highlights and notes publicly for Kindle users. His new book will be titled Carte Blanche and is available for pre-order on Kindle here. I found it fascinating to see what Deaver considered noteworthy in the classic Fleming novel, through the use of Public Notes.
Note: If you purchased and read Stephen Baker’s excellent Final Jeopardy after listening to my interview with him last week, please consider leaving a review of the book here. I left one myself, here.