News – 1) Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos with just two words – “stay tuned” – pretty much confirms that Amazon is about to launch its own general-purpose tablet computer, but he also affirms a continuing role for a Kindle-like device devoted to book reading. Click here for video of his conversation at Consumer Reports. 2) Another cute Kindle ad hits the net. 3) A clever invention by Origin Instruments puts the Kindle within reach of those with mobility impairment. 4) Open Road Integrated Media founder Jane Friedman tells NPR why she’s glad she’s not the CEO of a traditional publishing house any more.
Tech Tip – Why I failed to connect my 2012 Ford Focus with MyFord Touch to an Audible book and Text-to-Speech titles on my Kindle. (For more tech adventures related to our new Focus, please check out my new podcast, The Edge of the Road, all about the gadget on wheels formerly known as your car.)
Interview (Starts at 12:55)– Author and digital publisher Peter Meyers, who blogs at A New Kind of Book, has suggested “character notes” as a handy way to keep track of characters in a e-novel. It’s an example of how he brings his deep background as a writer to bear on all things digital. His Best iPad Apps book, available in Kindle format, is a thorough and witty selection of iPad applications. He is now working on a new book, titled Breaking the Page, Saving the Reader: A Buyer & Builder’s Guide to Digital Books, due from O’Reilly Media this fall. I spoke with Peter by Skype on May 10, 2011. Books Peter is reading: Hamlet’s Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age by William Powers and The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr.