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Wednesday Midday Links:

Amazon Kindle 2

Today is the last day of news until next week.   The big news today is that Amazon will be selling the Kindle 2 with 3G for $89 beginning 9 AM PST on Friday. There are limited quantities so if you want one of these, I would be sitting in front of my computer at 5 minutes to the hour.     The comparable Kindle 3 sells for $189 so this is a pretty good deal.   The differences between the K3 and the K2 are as follows

  • K2 is larger
  • K2 has Vizplex eInk screen v. pearl eInk screen (same eink screen as the current Nook and Kobo)
  • K3 refreshes faster (i.e., the page “turns” are faster on the recent Kindle)
  • K3 page turn buttons are smaller and quieter

Those are the basic differences.


The wireless Kobo Reader is now available at for $129.   The Kobo reader is compatible with epubs so you can use this device to borrow library books and purchase ebooks at every bookstore but Amazon and BN.


Here is the short list for the 18th annual Bad Sex in Fiction award.

  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (4th Estate)
  • The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas (Atlantic Books)  
  • The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon (Atlantic Books)  
  • Maya by Alastair Campbell (Hutchinson)  
  • A Life Apart by Neel Mukherjee (Constable & Robinson)  
  • Heartbreak by Craig Raine (Atlantic Books)  
  • The Shape of Her by Rowan Somerville (W&N)
  • Mr Peanut by Adam Ross (Jonathan Cape)


Gawker has come to a settlement with HarperCollins which, I suppose, includes HC dropping the suit in exchange for Gawker no longer posting excerpts of the book.


EMI doesn’t want the court to consider amicus briefs from Electronic Freedom Foundation.   Amicus briefs are papers filed with the court by individuals and organizations who are not parties to the lawsuit but are interested in the outcome.   The court generally accepts most of these and I doubt that the EFF one will be barred.


Kathryn Shay joins the ranks of self published authors with the digital release of her backlist titles attractively priced at $2.99.   You can find them at Amazon and Smashwords.   Via Lori.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


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  2. joanne
    Nov 24, 2010 @ 11:40:00

    I never know whether to be pleased or dismayed that the majority of the writers that are nominated for the annual Bad Sex in Fiction award are men.

    I think I’ll just opt for happy that I’ve never read any of their work.

  3. karen wester newton
    Nov 24, 2010 @ 12:24:51

    The K2 also has a row of numbers on the top of the keypad, something they killed in the K3, and which most K3 users wish they had!

  4. ka
    Nov 24, 2010 @ 16:04:01

    Thanks for the news tidbits throughout the week!

  5. CupK8
    Nov 24, 2010 @ 18:19:28

    I own a Kindle 2, and I am very, very happy with it. I think that is a fantastic deal.

  6. Caro
    Nov 26, 2010 @ 12:17:30

    And thanks to your heads up, I have a Kindle 2 waiting to be shipped to me. I’ve been reading via the Kindle app on my iPad (which is now my portable computing device for most things), but had been thinking of getting a Kindle for my bedside so it’s always there (and I can now share eBooks with my husband without letting him have the iPad).

    And you wouldn’t believe how quickly the deal got snatched up. I’m very lucky.

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