News – 1) Are there fewer Amazon Prime members than analysts thought? Anonymous sources tell Bloomberg that’s the case. 2) Laura Hazard Owens reports on Penguin’s decision to no longer offer additional copies of ebooks and audiobooks for purchase via Overdrive, the leading provider of digital content to libraries. Random House earlier raised its prices to OverDrive. A feisty librarian in California pushes back and posts a notice of publishers who don’t make their ebooks available to public libraries. 3) A New York Review of Books blog post argues that ebooks preserve the essence of the written word better than print books. I agree.
Tech Tip – Kindle Support confirms what I found out by my own experiment: You can use an earlier-version Kindle power cord to power up your Kindle Fire, and vice versa.
Interview (starts at 11:13) – I spoke with Peter Meyers, author of the just-published Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual, on February 16th by Skype. Since finishing the 280-page tome, he has returned to work on Breaking the Page: Transforming Books and the Reading Experience. This is the second half of the interview. I will post the first half separately as a TKC Extra.
Content – A great new $1.99 word game, Throw in the Vowel, is available for Kindle 2, DX, Kindle Keyboard, and $79 Kindle. I’ve tried it, and it’s an elegant, challenging creation by the editor of the Me and My Kindle blog. On my Kindle Fire, I’ve enjoyed trying out a free app named Tonido, which enables you to open content on your Fire from your computer, and vice versa, using WiFi.
Next Week’s Guest: Dan Stone, author of “Amazon’s Hit Man: Larry Kirschbaum Was the Ultimate Book Industry Insider Until Amazon Called.”
The next TKC Google Plus Video Hangout: Wednesday, February 22 at 3 p.m. EDT.