Around the Kindlesphere: Bezos-Charlie Rose Video, Kindle for iPhone/iPad Touch Update, Agency Model Fails Sniff Test in UK
- Here’s a link to the full video of a fascinating Charlie Rose interview with Jeff Bezos from launch night for the Kindle 3 Wednesday evening. You don’t want to miss it, even if it leads you to click these links at the end to buy a new Kindle 3G or Kindle Wi-Fi.
- iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch Owners: Amazon has unveiled some great new features in its updated Kindle App Version 2.2, released yesterday. Now, to go alone with the world’s greatest ebook catalog of over 650,000 titles, you get instant word lookup on an included dictionary with 250,000 entries; search inside the book on iPad; word lookup on Google and Wikipedia; improved experience for searching inside the book on iPhone and iPod Touch; and improved line-spacing on the iPad.
- We’re not sure exactly how the negotiations went on this one, but the result seems very significant: prices in the new UK-based Kindle Store will be set by Amazon, not the publishers. Publishers will set the retail list price, of course, but Amazon will be free to discount as it sees fit in its quest to offer the lowest ebook prices anywhere. My guess? The price-fixing aspects of the agency model looked too much like a legal disaster for the UK publishers to press for it. And my wild speculation? The agency model in the US will be a thing of the past by mid-2011.