News – 1) Amazon creates a new general trade imprint headed by former Time Warner Publishing CEO Larry Kirshbaum. Click here for Mike Shatzkin’s take. This follows creation of a new Amazon mystery imprint, Thomas & Mercer Books. 2) The Kindle gets some touching new E Ink competition from Kobo and (too late for this week’s early recording), Nook. 3) Autography gets some competition from iDoLVine in the digital book-signing gold rush. 4) A look back all the way to 2008 when reports of 10,000 Kindles were enough to create unease at Book Expo America.
Interview – Jon Cog, writer of the Me and My Kindle blog, combines enthusiasm for the Kindle with a long history of tech writing. I spoke with him by Skype on May 22, 2011. Click here to subscribe to his blog on your Kindle for just 99 cents a month.
Upcoming – I will be presenting a webinar titled “Formatting Content for E-Readers” on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 2 p.m. EDT, sponsored by the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA). It will last a half hour including questions. It’s free, but spaces are limited. Click here to register. I hope you’ll stop by!
Personal Update – I mention in this episode that I recorded it Monday night because my father, 84, was in the hospital with heart issues. We just brought him home today (Thursday) to Cambridge from Mass General Hospital, and all’s well as long as he sticks to a low-sodium diet and responds well to a new heart medication, Pradaxa. He spent a lot of quality time reading his Kindle while waiting for tests.
Contest – I see we’re only 10 “likes” away from having a winner in the Facebook contest. If you notice that you are the 1,000th person to “like” my Facebook page for the podcast, please send me an email at PodChronicles AT gmail, so I can alert our Paris-based Facebook Contest Department, comprising Jean Remple. He has kindly offered to donate an extra large “I Love Paris” t-shirt to the winner.