News – All the news this week comes from Amazon’s press conference Wednesday, September 28, 2011, in New York City. From a seat in the front row, I had a chance to closely observe Jeff Bezos’s remarkably intense overview of the Kindle story to date. Afterward, we circulated among demo stands where the new Kindle products were put through their paces – the Kindle ($79), Kindle Touch WiFi ($99), Kindle Touch 3G ($149), and the Kindle Fire ($199). I live blogged the event in partnership with Stephen Windwalker of Kindle Nation Daily. Click here to see the complete posts. Other links related to the press conference: Video of 51-minute formal presentation by Bezos. Press release on the four new Kindles. Press release on new Kindle Fire’s cloud-accelerated Silk Browser. The gorgeous and intentional Kindle Fire TV commercial.
Tech Tip – My navigation suggestions on the $79 Kindle, which has neither physical keyboard nor touch screen. But it’s not as tough as you’d think to enter text with it. Mine arrived today in time to try it out and tell you about it.
Interviews – Kindle Director Jay Marine (starts at 12:55) asserts that E Ink is at Day One, with plenty of innovation and commitment ahead for Amazon’s dedicated e-readers, even as the Fire makes its blistering debut. Chicago Sun-Times columnist Andy Ihnatko (starts at 27:24) is impressed with the new lineup and looks ahead to the drop of another shoe for the Fire: 3G service. Also, a demo man puts a real-live Kindle Fire through its paces (starts at 22:10).
Content – I’ve started writing a short e-book about what I saw and thought at the press conference. The working title is Front Row at the Kindle Fire: Why I’m Glad Amazon Still Loves the Smell of E Ink. If you’d like to see a working draft and offer me your feedback, please send me an e-mail at PodChronicles at gmail dot com. I hope to have the book available for purchase for 99 cents by next week at the Kindle Store.
Other Links Mentioned – Brian Matt’s article about the product launch. Garret Riley’s $79 Kindle unboxing video. Karen Horvath’s suggestions for generating good Kindle title recommendations: goodreads, bookreporter, BookPage, and the Books on the Nightstand podcast.