News – 1) Amazon announces a $25 price drop for the Kindle 3G with Special Offers, to $139, thanks to to a new sponsorship by AT&T. 2) The Wall Street Journal cites people who know in giving details of Amazon’s tablet plans, as well as reports of a Kindle 4 and 5. Long live E Ink! 3) Google E-Books get their own device, to be sold at Target stores beginning July 17. Click here for a TechWorld review.
Tech Tip – If your Kindle doesn’t know what time it is, Michael Gallagher will help you get it straight with a Q & A at his Free Kindle Books and Tips blog. Click here to subscribe to Michael’s blog on your Kindle.
Interview (Begins at 13:26)– Dan Kennedy, an assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, caught my eye with his lively review of Douglas Coupland’s Marshall McLuhan biography. So I was glad to have a chance to visit his office for a chat about McLuhan on July 11, 2011. More McLuhan links: the Playboy interview, a clip from Tom Wolfe’s interview with McLuhan in 1970, the iconic “Annie Hall” cameo appearance, and audio of a full lecture at Johns Hopkins. As we approach the centenary of McLuhan’s birth on July 21, 1911, I have undertaken my own personal exploration of McLuhan’s life and work, with an eye to understanding e-books in a deeper way. I’m calling it Understanding McLuhan and have added it to a long-dormant Tumblr blog which you can check out here.
Content– Foreign Policy has published another worthwhile e-book, Tsunami: Japan’s Post-Fukushima Future, available for $4.99 on Kindle. Buy it now and support the Japan Society, which will send proceeds directly to tsunami relief efforts on Japan’s northern coast.