Interview – My guest this week is Sam Tanenhaus, editor of The New York Times Book Review. (Click here to subscribe to the Book Review on Kindle.) Sam is also an author, most recently of The Death of Conservatism: The Movement and Its Consequences. In 1997 he published Whitaker Chambers: A Biography. He is also the host of the excellent and long-running Book Review podcast. I spoke with Sam on Friday, April 15th, 2011.
News – Amazon hits a triple this week, announcing the arrival by the end of this year of Kindle Library Lending, an update for Kindle for Android, and the opening of the German Kindle Store and related Kindle Direct Publishing capability for the store. Click here for Overdrive’s blog post to libraries about the Kindle Library program and here for Peter Rojas’s prediction of who will make the much-rumored Amazon tablet.
Tech Tip – Listener Tom Semple points out that the web-to-Kindle tools I mentioned last week, Kindlebility and Kindle This Page, don’t offer previews of the clipped content before you send it to your Kindle. The Chrome extensions Send to Kindle and Later on Kindle do provide previews, which is why Tom prefers them, and I think he’s right. You’ll also find good Kindle extensions on other major browsers.
Content – Jon Krakauer’s new Kindle Single, Three Cups of Deceit: How Greg Mortenson, Humanitarian Hero, Lost His Way , is a good example of the power of this new publishing category created by Amazon for e-books. In fact, it may be the first e-book-only title to receive an extended consideration in the NYT Book Review podcast, in the latest episode’s Bestseller discussion. Click here for the 60 Minutes segment in which Krakauer appears several times, making points which are covered at greater length in the e-book.
Next Week’s Guest: T.J. Waters, the creator of Autography, a digital way for authors to sign Kindle books.