News – 1) Amazon announces Kindle Textbook Rental. PaidContent’s Laura Hazard Owen has a smart story on it. In this video, Chris Pirillo wishes they’d done it when he was in college. 2) My hands-on review of the new iRiver Story HD, optimized for the Google eBookstore.
Tech Tip – My wife Darlene appreciates how the Shelfari “Book Extra” information helps her organize books in a mystery series, but she wishes Amazon would offer more organizing tools for her archive.
Interview (begins at 17:13)- I spoke on July 18, 2011 (Eastern time) by Skype with Jeff Kingston, Director of Asian Studies at Temple University Japan. He is the editor of Tsunami: Japan’s Post-Fukushima Future, a timely e-book published by Foreign Policy Magazine. Nearly all of the $4.99 purchase price is being donated to the Japan Society, which will send proceeds directly to tsunami relief efforts on Japan’s northern coast.
Jeff also alerted me to Direct Relief – a great organization because 100 percent goes to charities. It has an endowment to cover its overhead and costs and works with some excellent Japanese nonprofit organizations that need funding because there is still so much work to do in the Tohoku region. Click here to contribute to tsunami relief through Direct Relief.