News – 1) The Verge has a purported photo of the next Kindle Touch, but something looks fishy about it to me. Too white a background. We’ll see, in Santa Monica on September 6 at 10:30 a.m. PT. 2) Yes, we have no Kindle Fires, Amazon announces. 3) Now we know how much we might be receiving in Kindle gift credits if the state attorneys general settlement is approved, but it might be a while before we can buy more eBooks thanks to the big eBook price fixing lawsuit. 4) In a PaidContent scoop by Laura Hazard Owen, we learn that Amazon makes a deal with Ingram to sell eBooks through other eBook retailers. 5) The American Booksellers Association chooses Kobo as its new eBook partner, now that Google eBooks have left the building.
Interview (starts at 25:23) - I spoke with John Mitchinson, co-founder of Unbound, via Skype on August 24th.
Content – Art Space Tokyo: An Intimate Guide to the Tokyo Art World by Craig Mod and Ashley Rawlings is a gorgeous example of eBook formatting, as detailed in Craig’s blog. Also, Amazon Publishing acquires 1,000 titles at auction from Dorchester Publishing.
Next Week: I’m not sure exactly whom I will talk with at Amazon’s press conference in Santa Monica, but I’m sure you will find next week’s show worth listening to. My plan is to upload TKC 214 by Thursday night, while the news is fresh. On Friday I hope to draft a longform account of the new products and the event, with an eye to providing another eBook title for your enjoyment. If you’d like to get into the mood, you might want to buy a copy of my account of the press conference last year. Thanks!