News – 1) The Kindle 3.1 software update is probably on your latest-generation Kindle by now, thanks to wireless transfer of the software to your device. If you want to jailbreak your Kindle so you can customize the screensavers and make other modifications, click here at your own risk. 2) The latest TV ad for the Kindle makes it clear Amazon is targeting younger readers, and bravo for that. And here is an appreciation for a clever print ad that ran a year ago in Forbes. 3) Two years ago Tim O’Reilly predicted that “Unless Amazon embraces open e-book standards like epub, which allow readers to read books on a variety of devices, the Kindle will be gone within two or three years.” I tweeted O’Reilly to ask if he still believed that. His reply noted that Amazon “put their great Kindle software on all the other platforms instead” and that he still bets dedicated ereaders won’t last.
Tech Tip – Listeners Howard Dunlavey, Kate Harper, and Allen MacDiarmid give Darlene help in easily transitioning from a sample to the whole book.
Interview (Starts at 13:19) – I spoke with author Aaron Goldfarb on Tuesday, February 22, 2011, by Skype about his raunchy, profane, and compelling satire on success in America, titled How to Fail: The Self-Hurt Guide and available in Kindle format for $2.99. At the same time, he published The Cheat Sheet, a collection of short stories for 99 cents. Aaron has been hitting the podcast circuit to do other good interviews with Catherine MacDonald of BookLending.com and Melissa Giovagnoli of Networlding. Click here for his YouTube Channel.
Content – Foreign Policy Magazine has published a special and timely $4.99 e-book in PDF format titled Revolution in the Arab World. If you use Amazon’s free conversion service, you can read it on your Kindle more easily than if you simply move the PDF file to your device.