Wednesday Midday Links:
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 Wal-mart.com 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.