News – 1) More commentary on the Department of Justice’s antitrust action against Apple and five publishers over e-book price collusion: Brad Stone and Felix Gillette in Bloomberg Business Week, Mike Shatzkin, and Stephen Windwalker. 2) Kindle Touch 3G goes worldwide sooner than expected, via Andrys Basten.
Tech Tip – A comparison of Audible audiobooks on the Kindle Touch/Kindle Keyboard, Kindle Fire, and Kindle for iOS. Recommended: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Audible sounds better with this Phillips speaker for $19.99.
Interview (starts at 27:28) – Doug Lance, 22, a recent graduate of Western Michigan University, is making a decent living with his eFiction magazine, available at the Kindle Store for $1.99 a month. I spoke with him by Skype on Monday, April 16, but contrary to what I say in the podcast, I don’t think it was a Casper-Kalamazoo connection. The pleasing aliteration led me astray. He’s in Michigan, but it’s too late tonight to fact-check the correct city. NEXT MORNING: And the answer is, Ann Arbor!
Content – Laura Hazard Owen’s e-book Bestsellers Breakdown. Amazon Publishing inks an exclusive deal for Bond, James Bond. If you like to tango, $5 will get you a reason to move: the La Revancha Del Tango album by
Gofan Gotan Project. The best thing about the Sketch n Draw app for your Kindle Fire is the price – free. I found the ads distracting, and it seemed to take too many taps to pull up the drawing tools. Still, you can make some cool designs with it when you should be doing something else.
Next Week’s Guest: Mike Shatzkin.