News – Amazon on November 3rd launched the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, a game-changing add-on to the $79 annual Prime membership. Everyone from David Pogue to MIT’s Technology Review wonders how they can afford to offer free e-books to customers. The Wall Street Journal quotes a worried publisher and notes that the six largest publishers are not participating. Click here for an interesting take from the perspective of public libraries. Paul Biba of TeleRead breaks down the 5,156 books in the Lending Library by category.
Tech Tip – How to send personal documents to your Kindle, again. I keep needing to remind myself exactly how to do this effortlessly. Also, you can still use your @free.kindle.com email address to make sure the transfer doesn’t cost you any 3G/Whispernet charges.
Interview (Starts at 15:37) – I spoke with Eric Loss, 25, on October 31st, as he was, among other tasks, figuring out what books to put on his Kindles for a very long trip. He will soon set sail from Los Angeles aboard his 36-foot yacht named Odyssey on a solo, nonstop circumnavigation of the globe that he estimates will take seven or eight months. Click here for the blog that he plans to update during the adventure using a satellite phone. In our conversation, Eric mentioned a book that inspired him. It’s The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier, unfortunately only available in paper. Click here for a beautiful video set to music of Moitessier on his boat.
Content – Here are some of the titles that caught my eye in the trove of books now available for free lending on your Kindle if you are a Prime member: Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond, Charlie Wilson’s War by George Crile, Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl, U.S. Army Hand-to-Hand Combat by Department of the Army, Indignation by Philip Roth, A Memoir of My Early Years by Julie Andrews, Let’s Roll by Lisa Beamer, Man on Wire by Philippe Petit, and My Remarkable Journey by Larry King.
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