News – 1) DigiTimes and BGR report that success of the Kindle Fire is putting a damper on eInk Kindle sales. The New York Times weighs in with a good comparison of reading on a multipurpose tablet versus a dedicated eInk reader. 2) The Wall Street Journal quotes unnamed sources to report that the Department of Justice is readying an antitrust suit against Apple and the Big Five Publishers who brought us the agency model for (over)pricing ebooks. 3) Apple unveils the next iPad – never mentioning, CNET notices, a certain upstart 7-inch competitor. But wait: PCWorld considers rumors of an iPad Mini for $299.
Tech Tips – Amazon now makes it easy to reset the Furthest Page Read across your Kindles and Kindle apps. Click here for details at My Kindle Stuff. Clippingsconverter is a free web tool for creating beautiful collections of your notes and highlights from the MyClippings file on your Kindle devices. And, how to make a mindmap on your Kindle Fire and tweet it using ES Explorer.
Interview (Starts at 20:19) – Lawrence Lessig has a new eBook out from Byliner titled One Way Forward: The Outsider’s Guide to Fixing the Republic. I spoke with him in his office at Harvard on February 29th about how the ebook (and its companion print-on-demand version) relate to his book published in October of last year, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress – and a Plan to Stop It. You can help him with a planned free update of One Way Forward here. Lessig gave a sobering assessment of what’s ahead if the corruption of Congress is not addressed in a meaningful way. He also shared an innovative way of doing research for a book using notes and highlights made on his Kindle for iPhone app. Other links related to our conversation: Winner-Take-All-Politics by Jacob S. Hacker and Paul Pierson; Lessig’s Free Culture at the Kindle Store and in free PDF; The Anti-Corruption Pledge; Corey Doctorow’s praise of One Way Forward; and Dwight Garner’s lame dismissal.
Content – Now and Then – a good, new source of serious nonfiction. Random House will publish 10 Judy Blume titles as ebooks this month. Citibank offers a free app for the Kindle Fire. Also on the Fire: Mint.
SxSW Meetup – The Kindle Chronicles will join forces with hosts of the eBook Ninjas Podcast for a meeting during South by Southwest Interactive Sunday, March 11, at 8:30 Central time. Location: Ginger Man Pub, 301 Lavaca Street, Austin. If you’ll be in the area, please stop by!
Upcoming Guests – Next week: conversations with interesting people at SxSW. TKC 190 on March 23: James McQuivey of Forrester Research. TKC 191 on March 30: novelist Margaret Atwood, who has just published I’m Starved for You from Byliner.