News – 1) Amazon releases a new and improved version of its free Kindle app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. 2) The book lending site formerly known as Kindle Lending Club has a new moniker, BookLending.com but the same well-designed tools to loan and borrow Kindle titles. 3) Seth Godin has a deal for us. For every 5,000 people who sign up for his free Domino Project e-mail letter before February 21, 2011, he and Amazon will lower the pre-order price for his upcoming book, Poke the Box, by a dollar. Click here for his video about what he’s up to. BTW, Seth will be my guest next week for TKC 136. 4) Borders files for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the federal Bankruptcy Code 5) The final chapter of Stephen Baker’s Final Jeopardy! finally arrives on my Kindle, late in the day on the day after IBM’s Watson gave a digital thumpin’ to the best human Jeopardy players on the planet.
Interview – My wife Darlene solves the mystery of the more than 250 mystery books that have been gathering dust for the past two years on the bookshelves of our bedroom here in Cambridge. Books mentioned: The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Understanding Media by Marshall McLuhan. If you, like me, are a fan of the McLuhan classic, please click here to the “Tell the Publisher!” you’d like to read this book on Kindle.
Content – Kate Harper’s helpful article about how to publish articles for the Kindle store is titled How to Publish and Sell Your Article on the Kindle: 12 Tips for Short Documents, and it costs 99 cents. She’s offering another article, free to Kindle Chronicles listeners, showing how to create a cover for a book you’d like to publish for Kindle. Details in the audio.
Links Mentioned in Comments –
The BBC’s Wilbert Rideau interview.