News – 1) J. K. Rowling announces that she is going to sell her Harry Potter e-books herself, at Pottermore, beginning in October. Will they be DRM-free? The Inquirer and The Unofficial Apple Weblog say so, without citing sources. The guys at eBook Architects (who host the essential eBook Ninjas podcast) help me understand the technical possibilities, which lead me to think there may well be DRM, courtesy of Overdrive. 2) Via listener Nick Todd in Southampton and the BBC I learn of a Kindle for PC accessibility plug-in which enables blind and vision impaired readers to use text-to-speech even for books where the capability has been disabled by the publishers. 3) My trouble connecting my new Nook Simple Touch Reader illustrates, IMO, the wisdom of Amazon’s building its own in-house DRM capability instead of relying on a third-party, namely Adobe, for its Adobe Digital Editions software.
Tech Tip – I learn the hard way that you should let your Kindle go to sleep on its own instead of forcing it to sleep each time you finish reading.
Interview (Starts at 9:09)– David Burleigh, Director of Marketing at Overdrive, describes e-book lending enhancements the company is announcing at the American Library Association’s annual meeting. We spoke by Skype and phone on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, between Cleveland and Cambridge, Mass.
Content – The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood by Jane Leavy is enhanced with some excellent video you can see on the Kindle app for iPad etc. And the price is right: free as of when I uploaded the show today. Also, Abhi has updated his excellent 99-cent Kindle app, Notepad.
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 space is limited. Click here to register. I hope you’ll stop by!