News – 1) The State Department backs away from a $16.5 million Kindle deal (PDF). 2) Have tablets already overtaken dedicated eReaders as the preferred way to read eBooks? Jeremy Greenfield analyzes the data. 3) I love the new Sony Reader PRS-T2‘s Evernote connection, even though it seems flawed at its debut. This is one handsome unit, weighing only 5.9 ounces. I hope Amazon announces something soon that will be even better.
Tech Tips – The new Send to Kindle extension for the Google Chrome browser works great. Just be sure you have Chrome Version 17 or higher before installing it. Also, a column by Mitch Lipka in The Boston Globe explains what to do if you mistakenly send a Kindle gift book to the wrong e-mail address.
Interview (Starts at 19:43) – Gigi Whiteside is an assistive technology specialist for the Fulton County school district, which has approximately 92,000 students in central Georgia. Her column about how Kindles in her classrooms have helped slow and nonreaders was featured at the Amazon.com landing page recently, so I was interested in tracking her down to hear more of the story. I spoke with her by Skype on Wednesday, August 15th.
Content – Open Road Integrated Media has a nice presentation of late-summer reading to consider, organized like a way-back time machine. A couple that caught my eye were Six Days of the Condor by James Grady and Marlon Brando: A Biography by Patricia Bosworth. Also, Amazon Instant Video on the iPad gets an update adding a useful search function.