I've been neglectful of the industry news section because my work schedule has been tough. (I know, no excuses). Here are some ebook Tech links of the week.
- AT&T and Asus team up to provide $99 netbook with 2 year service contract and $60 per month data plan. I pay around $40 for my data plan so that seems a bit pricey. That said, I just got done traveling for three days across the country with my netbook and my aircard and I'll never go back to the big laptop again.
- Lifehacker has it's most popular how-to features of 2008 such as how to turn your PC into a DVD ripping machine (which you'll need to know if you get a netbook because netbooks have no internal DVD drive) and how to protect your privacy while downloading and recovering deleted files with free software (for all those authors whose manuscripts suffered an accidental deletion).
- The Algonquin Hotel is advertising free Kindles during your stay at the hotel. It comes preloaded with books but they'll supposedly download whatever title you want. Maybe the Algonquin doesn't realize that not all books are in eformat yet.
- Google Booksearch has expanded to include magazines which is really great for researching papers. Why didn't this exist when I was in school? If magazines are selling articles in out of print issues for even a $1.00 they are making cash out of nothing. Smart move.
- Amazon isn't restocking Kindles for the Holidays and some believe that they won't restock until February when Kindle's hideous new brother with the bubble button keyboard will be released. Amazon, please, hire some designers. How crap looks actually matters to your consumers.
- Lots of people were unhappy with Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio's Nobel Prize acceptance speech (some because he misidentified which book went with what book he cited; afterall, couldn't he do some fact checking), but the ebookies are up in arms because Le Clezio's answer to third world literacy problems is more printed books because tech books are too . . .complicated? for third world peeps. Considering my daughter has been able to do simple tasks on my iphone since she was three, I'm guessing that third world kids could master opening a computer program and reading a book on a digital device.
- Nintendo is publishing ebooks on the DS in partnership with HarperCollins. The cartridge will cost $30 and will feature classics. Wow, could there be an idea set up for greater fail than selling Charles Dickens and Jane Austen books with 8-14 year olds who get Nintendo DS to play Super Mario and watch an electronic pet grow?