News – 1) Amazon’s Russ Grandinetti tells a publishers’ audience at Digital Book World that early data indicate the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library is boosting customer purchases of books by authors whose work is available in the library. Laura Hazard Owen has the story. 2) NBC is proud as a peacock over its new e-book venture, NBC Publishing. I hope one day I’ll be able to read an enhanced e-book by this veteran NBC reporter. 3) Brad Stone’s profile of Larry Kirshbaum, vice president and publisher of Amazon Publishing, is a must-read explanation of just how much revolution the Kindle hath wrought.
Tech Tip – More on highlighting across pages on the Kindle Touch, and Dave Sparks’s tip on how to turn off auto-renew for those three-month free trial subscriptions you might have signed up for when the Fire came out in November. Also, a pretty good external battery for the Fire by PowerGen that costs $39.99 and weighs just 4 3/8 ounces. And Clearly from Evernote, a great way to read articles online.
Interview (Starts at 15:20) – On January 19th I reached Eric Loss by Skype in Concon, Chile, where he had detoured to fix a problem with the mast of his boat after 70 days at sea. He is now set to resume his solo circumnavigation of the globe. The eclectic reading library on his Kindle and a backup Kindle includes scifi from Baen Books, Les Miserables, Moby Dick, The Essential P.G. Wodehouse, Patrick O’Brien’s Master and Commander series, and Alone by Admiral Richard E. Byrd.
UPDATE: Eric’s mother, Katie Loss, e-mailed me this report early Friday morning:
Eric got off this Thurs. morning at about 11:30 a.m. with a tighter, snugger ship having successfully cleared the Chilean Navy’s walk-through and approval process. They have asked him for daily position updates as long as he is in Chilean waters.
Content – How to sign up for e-mailed alerting you to the Kindle Daily Deal, where I got great prices on The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, and Citizen Soldiers: The U.S. Army from the Normandy Beaches to the Bulge to the Surrender of Germany by Stephen Ambrose. For the Fire, I’m getting ready for our stay on St. John, USVI, by watching Miss Marple solve a murder in Caribbean Mystery, a two-part rental from the BBC.
Mentioned in Comments – Video demo of an impressive page-flipping scheme for tablets developed by KAIST Institute of Information Technology Convergence.
Next Week’s Show will be an all-comments edition that I pre-loaded this week in preparation for an unplugged 10-day stay on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. I hope to interview some Kindle-toting guests on the beach for a special TKC episode to be uploaded on Friday, February 10. My interview for TKC 185 on February 17th will be with Peter Meyers, author of Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual. You can pre-order the Kindle version of Peter’s book now for delivery on February 15.
The Next TKC Google Plus Video Hangout is tentatively set for Wednesday, February 15th at 2 pm EASTERN time. Look for details in the show notes for TKC 184.