News – 1) Waterstones, the biggest bookseller in the United Kingdom, announces it will be selling Kindles and Kindle eBooks via WiFi at its approximately 300 stores. Managing Director James Daunt a year ago told the BBC the company was planning to create a better eReader than the Kindle. The Economist headlines the story “Strange Bedfellows.” The Guardian doesn’t think much of the deal. I’d like to see the American Booksellers Association do a similar deal to welcome Kindles into independent bookstores on this side of the pond. 2) Bufo Calvin finds declining activity at the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. 3) Stephen Windwalker points out you have until June 22 to let the federal court know what you think of the Department of Justice’s attempt to roll back agency pricing via its anti-trust lawsuit. Here is where you need to send your statement:
John Read, Chief
Litigation III Section
U.S. Department of Justice
450 5th Street, NW, Suite 4000 Washington, DC 20530
Tech Tips – 1) Shelly Crawford-Stock tells how she keeps track of who buys what Kindle book on her shared Amazon account. 2) Which device is better for sharing comments on newspaper or magazine articles, e Ink Kindles or Kindle Fire? Answer: Not the Fire.
Interview (starts at 21:39) – Paul Slack is co-founder and Chief Learning Officer of the Dallas-based Splash Media, where he also serves as President of Splash Media U, the company’s e-learning platform. His new 319-page book, Social Rules: A Common Sense Guide to Social Media Marketing, was released for Kindle this week at a truly great price: 99 cents. I spoke with Paul on May 3rd at Splash’s Dallas studios. Click here for video of our conversation.
Content – Sketch n Draw and Whiteboard Pro apps for entertaining a six-year-old grandson. Also, Simon & Schuster gets it right with a creative, free eBook sampler of upcoming novels. The Digital Reader has more.
Next Week’s Guest: Eric Hellman, president of Gluejar, talking about unglue.it.
Note: Pastor Mark Pierce has posted his interview with me on his Church Requel podcast.