News – 1) Amazon is reported to be talking with publishers about setting up a Netflix-like system of making Kindle books available on something like a subscription basis, possibly tied to Amazon’s Prime program. PC World has it here. 2) Your Kindle with Special Offers is about to go local. Amazon announced that AmazonLocal on Kindle with Special Offers is launching in New York City and expanding to all AmazonLocal cities later this year. 3) Judge Denny Chin gives parties to the Google digital books lawsuit another nine months to come up with a new settlement.
Tech Tip – Are you rereading a Kindle book and want to reset the Furthest Page Read? Click here for instructions that work! Thanks to Lauren for sending this in.
Interview (Starts at 12:25)- Eolake Stobblehouse blogs about e-books and other creative endeavors from his perch in Lancashire, U.K. I spoke with him by Skype on September 12, 2011, and we cooked up some great ideas for Amazon on how they might design the new tablet in a way that includes a special procedure for entering that focused, nondistracted realm of Kindle reading, even on the bright-screen of the tablet. Remember, you heard them first here!
Content – In an unscientific comparison of reading the Sunday New York Times on paper v. reading it on Kindle, I found I read far fewer articles on paper than is my habit on Kindle. How about you? If you’ve tried a similar comparison, what did you find?
Please join me for the next Kindle Chronicles Google Plus Video Hangout!
I had a great time this week visiting with Pastor Mark Pierce and Kipp Poe during the first hangout. The second will be Tuesday, September 20, 2011, at 1 p.m. EDT. You can email me at PodChronicles AT Gmail for a G+ invite and/or instructions on how to join the hangout. I’ll start it just before 1 pm, so if you have me in a Circle you should see notice in your stream that the hangout is ready to join. We’ll be talking about how the Kindle has changed the way we read.