News – 1) Is now a bad time to buy a new Kindle? TechCrunch and SlashGear say maybe, given the likelihood of a new Kindle model being announced this year. But if you can’t wait, don’t worry. I have a plan for instant gratification that might work just fine. 2)It’s obviously a good time to be a Kindle author. This week I’ve been inspired by the success of Karen McQuestion, as revealed in a podcast interview with Steven Lewis of the Talelist blog and podcast. The novel of hers that I’m reading is Easily Amused, available on Kindle for $2.99.
Interview (starts at 17:38) – On Monday, August 2nd, I spoke by Skype and phone with Dave Limp, Kindle Vice President, who last month announced Amazon’s new announced Kindle Textbook Lending program. In our conversation, Dave made it clear that Amazon intends to expand the program to more and more textbooks and to constantly improve its usability.
Content – Amazon announces a free subscription to a digest of content from Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine. HarperCollins offers 20 books for a buck each in August. Andrys Basten has the list here, as does Steven Windwalker here.
Schedule Note: The Kindle Chronicles staff with this episode will shift to a bi-weekly schedule till Labor Day, the better to enjoy the summer rhythms of Ocean Park, Maine. On the weeks without TKC, you might consider dropping by my other weekly podcast, The Edge of the Road, about the gadget on wheels formerly known as your car. EOR will also go bi-weekly, on the alternate weeks.