News – 1) As reported by The New York Times and Publishers Weekly, Amazon removes thousands of books distributed by the Independent Publishers Group (IPG) in a showdown over terms of a contract renewal. 2) In a count of books sold and borrowed during a single week in Canada, ebooks accounted for 10 percent of the total. (PW story) 3) Amazon posts a new video ad touting the advantages of the Kindle family over iPad. Jon Cog opines that it might not get much play, given the Nook’s recent price decreases. Also rumored: an iPad 3 which no doubt does not intend to be mocked.
Tech Tips – Pastor Mark Pierce informs me that if you log into Audible with your Amazon account username and password, you can listen to Audible content on an unlimited number of Kindles. KlearKase introduces an impressive protective case for the Kindle Fire. Beware an aptly named app, Badass Battery Monitor. But check out a good seven-minute video tutorial on the Fire posted by the Ebook Reader website – thanks to Eolake Stobblehouse for the link.
Interview (starts at 20:46) – Brad Stone, a senior writer for Bloomberg BusinessWeek in San Francisco, has begun work on the definitive book about Amazon, to be published next year by Little Brown. His first book, Gearheads, profiled the community of robot hobbyists. Click here for his BusinessWeek cover story last month on Larry Kirshbaum, head of Amazon Publishing. I spoke with Brad on February 20 via Skype about his plan for the book, whether Kirshbaum will succeed in landing a big-name author for Amazon, and more.
Content – Kindle Reader this week has a great compendium of chess apps, chess manuals, and chess history, all available on various Kindles. Also, O’Reilly Media offers a free collection of smart pieces about digital publishing, Best of TOC 2012.
Next TKC Google Plus Video Hangout – Wednesday, February 29 at 3 p.m. EDT.