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TKC 488 Esmeralda and Richard deTrafford

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 03:52:17 +0000

Esmeralda and Richard deTrafford of Geraldton, Australia Interview starts at 16:35 and ends at 40:26 “I don’t see any Amazon drones being launched here [in Australia], and I’m sure CASA [Civil Aviation Safety Authority] would have something to say about that. They're coming up with rules for drones and some of that stuff. So I don’t see that happening here any time soon.” News “Australian retailers rally as Amazon gets cool reception” by Byron Kaye at Reuters - December 4, 2017 “Amazon Australia has changed its webpage title to say it no longer just sells books” by Tony Yoo at Business Insider - December 4, 2017 “Amazon’s Weak Australia Launch is Great for eBay” by Wayne Duggan at U.S. News & World Report - December 7, 2017 “Don’t call it ‘Siri’: Why the wake word should be ‘computer’” by Stephen Harrison at Salon - November 26, 2017 Cozmo by Anki Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark “Amazon Alexa Prize Competition winner takes home $500,000 prize” at DayOne, the Amazon Blog - November 29, 2017 Interview with Richard and Esmeralda deTrafford Geraldton, Australia The Australian Accent (YouTube) Myer Market Shipster by Australia Post Aldi Content Kindle First is now Amazon First Reads “Bill Gates gives us his top 5 favorite books for winter reading” at Boing Boing Next Week's Guest James McQuivey, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads! Right-click here and then click "Save Link As..." to download the audio to your computer, phone, or MP3 player.[...]


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TKC 487 Bradley Metrock

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 03:41:02 +0000

CEO of Score Publishing, producer of Digital Book World 2018 Interview starts at 15:44 and ends at 43:43 “The Echo Show is an incredible glimpse into the future, because the future is going to be words come out of your mouth, and that’s how you engage the computer rather than typing on a QWERTY keyboard or moving a mouse.” News “Amid Takeover Talk, Barnes & Noble Posts $30 million Q2 Loss, Stock Sheds 10%” by Jonathan Ponciano at Forbes - November 30, 2017 “B&N Has Disappointing Second Quarter” by Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly - November 1, 2017 “Barnes & Noble’s sales hit by the curse of Harry Potter” by the AP - December 1, 2017 “To save itself, Barnes & Noble is pivoting to books” by Thu-Huong Ha at Quartz - November 30, 2017 “Why Barnes & Noble Wants Smaller Stores” by Phil Wahba at Fortune - November 30, 2017 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling “No takeover for Barnes and Noble after that earnings bomb” at Yahoo Finance - November 30, 2017 “4 Reasons Barnes and Noble Failed the Nook” by Jessie Nuez at Babble - 2013 “Amazon’s Alexa heads to the workplace” by Dave Lee at BBC - November 30, 2017 Interview with Bradley Metrock Score Publishing Digital Book World Alexa Conference - Keynote by Ahmed Bouzid, CEO Witlingo (and original head of product for Amazon's Alexa and Connected Homes initiative) Tellables, Earplay (TKC interview with CEO Jon Myers in November, 2016), and Novel Effect VoiceFirst.FM AWS Reinvent Tim O’Reilly’s Tools of Change conference Author Earnings (Hugh Howey and Data Guy) Apple’s iBooks Author WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up To Us by Tim O’Reilly Outro Music: “Happiness (in F major) by Bradley Metrock on Mountain Radio Silence, used with permission Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 486 Gabriella Page-Fort

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 02:23:39 +0000

Editorial Director, AmazonCrossing Interview starts at 18:00 and ends at 43:42 “One of the magical things about publishing is that when you get together with other people who work in this industry and immediately we share a common bond, this passion for bringing books to readers. It’s not unique. It is really wonderful to stand in a room full of people who are putting everything on the line toward that effort every day and who are excited to hear about the work that we’re doing to bring more diversity to literature through translation.” (Photo by Dean Whitmore) News “How the Kindle was designed through 10 years and 16 generations” by Devin Coldewey at TechCrunch - November 20, 2017 Chris Green on The Kindle Chronicles in April, 2016 Firmware updates page for Amazon devices Tech Tips Fire HD 8 - $30 off for Black Friday/Cyber Monday Fire HD 10 - $50 off for Black Friday/Cyber Monday “YouTube is Back on Amazon Echo Show” by Bret Kinsella at Voicebot - November 21, 2017 Eddie Mikell’s Echo Dot setup for the car (YouTube) CoolStream Duo Bluetooth adapter ($29.99) at Amazon.com Interview with Gabriella Page-Fort Books published by AmazonCrossing Chad Post’s Three Percent blog at University of Rochester The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch, translated by Lee Chadeayne The Glass Blower Trilogy by Petra Durst-Benning, translated by Samuel Willcocks The Great Passage by Shion Miura, translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan, translated by Yuri Machkasov P.S. From Paris by Marc Levy, translated by Sam Taylor A number of titles from Petra Durst-Benning The House by the River by Lena Manta, translated by Gail Holst-Warhaft (discovered through the AmazonCrossing submissions portal) A River in Darkness by Masaji Ishikawa, translated by Risa Kobayashi and Martin Brown The Honest Spy by Andreas Kollender, translated by Steve Anderson An American Princess by Annejet van der Zijl, translated by Michele Hutchison The Judgment of Richard Richter by Igor Štiks, translated by Ellen Elias-Bursac (discovered through the submissions site) Go by Kazuki Kaneshiro, translated by Takami Nieda (discovered through the submissions site) The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [Kindle in Motion] “AmazonCrossing Editorial Director Gabriella Page-Fort Named 2017 PW Star Watch ‘Super Star’” by Porter Anderson at Publishing Perspectives - September 6, 2017 Content Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 485 Steve Kessel

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:51:52 +0000

Amazon Senior Vice President Interview starts at 20:45 and ends at 43.37 “It was the first time we were building a device, so we had a lot to learn. After that the team and as a company we got better each time. So our second Kindle was developed more quickly, and now as you know that team is launching Kindles and Fire TVs and Fire tablets and Echos and more every year.” News Amazon Key “Amazon will start delivering packages into the homes of Prime members” by Jason Del Rey at Recode - October 25, 2017 “Amazon Key Flaw Could Let Rogue Deliverymen Disable Your Camera” by Andy Greenberg at Wired - November 16, 2017 “Amazon’s Hall of Spinning Knives” by David Gaughran at Let’s Get Digital - October 20, 2017 “Alibaba Singles’ Day Racks Up $1 Billion in Sales in 2 Minutes” at Bloomberg - November 10, 2017 “Amazon’s Prime Day Generates Estimated $1 Billion in Sale” by Spencer Soper at Bloomberg - July 12, 2017 “Alibaba’s Singles Day Sales Hit New Record of $25.3 Billion” by Tiffany Hsu at The New York Times - November 10, 2017 Jeff Bezos 1997 interview by Richard Wiggins (YouTube) Amazon’s Black Friday deals Tech Tips All-New Kindle Oasis My video review of the new Kindle Oasis Fawlty Towers Echo Show Garmin Speak Interview with Steve Kessel “Amazon SVP Steve Kessel returns from sabbatical to work on ‘super secret’ project” by Tricia Duryee at GeekWire - February 4, 2015 “Meet the Guy Behind Amazon’s Secret Retail Store Plans” by Jason del Rey - February 3, 2016 Harry Bingham on TKC 469 - July, 2017 X-Ray for Authors Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann Best Books of 2017 selected by Amazon Books editors “Amazon just revealed the most popular Kindle books of all time” by MJ Franklin at Mashable - November 14, 2017 Content A Look Back at Kindle Bestsellers Next Week’s Guest Gabriella Page-Fort, editorial director for AmazonCrossing Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 484 Carlina Duan

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 03:14:57 +0000

Author of I Wore My Blackest Hair Interview starts at 12:34 and ends at 39:39 “I’m not sure about the future of Amazon [Publishing] in the literary world at large. I do think that for my book it’s been really interesting working with them and being able to answer those questions [about audience] and also to challenge myself more about how do I see this book existing in the world and what kind of spaces do I want it to enter and what kind of people do I want it to encounter. I think that working with Amazon has been interesting in that way, because they do have a very broad reach, and a very established way of doing things that for me has given a lot of structure to thinking about the book being out in the world.” News Brad Stone interviewed on Wall Street Journal Moneybeat Book Club podcast - November 4, 2017 “Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: “Told You I’m a Tech Buff” at TMZ - July 14, 2017 “Kindle with your kale? Amazon to sell electronic devices in Whole Foods stores” by Matt Day at The Seattle Times - November 9, 2017 Amazon Prime Now Tech Tip “Kindle e-readers to get Audible” - Michael Kozlowski Good E Reader video - November 2, 2017 Creating Alexa Voice Profiles - Amazon video “Alexa Adds the ability to recognize different speakers’ voices” by Kevin Murnane at Forbes - October 12, 2017 Interview with Carlina Duan I Wore My Blackest Hair by Carlina Duan - available for pre-order from Little a with delivery November 14, 2017 The Black Maria and Teeth by Aracelis Girmay The Dark Noise Collective Morgan Parker Goodreads book giveaway for I Wore My Blackest Hair (ends November 13, 2017) “Writing as Fuel” by Carlina Duan at The Michigan Daily - July 23, 2014 Day One, Amazon Publishing’s weekly digital literary journal Vanderbilt University MFA program Morgan Parker interview on TKC 391 - January 28, 2016 Content A Polish eBook subscription service Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann Best Books of 2017 as selected by Amazon’s book editors “The Internet Archive ‘Liberates’ Books Published Between 1923 and 1941, and Will Put 10,000 Digitized Books Online” at Open Culture - November 9, 2017 Next Week’s Guest Steve Kessel, Amazon Senior VP and head of the team that created the first Kindle Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 483 David Ignatius

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 04:09:45 +0000

Author of The Quantum Spy Interview starts at 12:12 and ends at 34:00 “Jeff Bezos has been a great owner for The Post. He invested in our business. He has generally stayed away and let the editors and our publisher, Fred Ryan, run the business. He intervenes only occasionally. The first meeting he had when he came to The Post, he said, ‘I don’t know what’s going to work, but I want to lengthen the runway, so you have more time to experiment and take off.’ And we have begun to take off. We’re not rolling in money, but The Post is profitable again. I wondered if I’d ever see that. Our web traffic keeps exploding.” News All-New Kindle Oasis ships on Halloween “All-New Kindle Oasis survives ocean dunking” by David Rothman at TeleRead - October 31, 2017 “Is the Kindle Oasis Really Worth It?” - my video review of the original Oasis in 2016 Interview with David Ignatius The Quantum Spy by David Ignatius Other novels by David Ignatius at Amazon.com Body of Lies, the 2008 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, based on the novel by David Ignatius “Our Villains, Ourselves: A Thriller Roundup” by Marisha Pessel at The New York Times - October 25, 2017 Content PBS NewsHour profile of author Jesmyn Ward - October 27, 2017 Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward Comments Calibre My video review of the new Kindle Oasis - October 31, 2017 Outro Bufo Calvin’s “Because of the Kindle” project Next Week’s Guest Carlina Duan, author of I Wore My Blackest Hair, a debut poetry collection that will be published on November 14th by Little a, the literary imprint of Amazon Publishing. Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 482 All-New Kindle App for iOS and Android

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 00:41:34 +0000

Kindle Creative Director Seth Micarelli, left, and Mike Torres, Kindle director of product management and design

Amazon announces all-new Kindle app (press release) - October 24, 2017

All-New Kindle Oasis

Kindle Select, Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)

Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Next Week’s Guest

David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist and author of The Quantum Spy: A Thriller, available for pre-order with delivery November 7, 2017.

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TKC 481 Mirna Valerio

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 01:18:30 +0000

Author of A Beautiful Work in Progress Interview starts at 18:20 and ends at 43:17 “Whatever kind of mindset they’re stuck in about whether it’s weight loss or about whether or not you should be out there running in your big body, because maybe you’re going to hurt your knees or your back. You don’t know. You don’t know me. I don’t know you. You do your run, I do my run. And then we’ll all be happy.” News “As Amazon’s deadline for HQ2 bids closes, speculation on winner heats up” by Matt Day at The Seattle Times - October 19, 2017 “Where Amazon’s Next Headquarters Should Go” by Mark Zandi and Adam Ozimek at Moody’s Analytics - October 12, 2017 “Amazon is Most Likely To Build Its Second Headquarters In One Of These Five Cities” by Marcia Layton Turner at Forbes - October 19, 2017 “Boston Pushes Talent and Education in Amazon HQ2 Bid” by Zeninjor Enwemeka at WBUR - October 20, 2017 The Quantum Spy: A Thriller by David Ignatius - available for pre-order, delivered November 7, 2017 Tech Tip New Kindle Oasis (8th Generation) software update 5.8.11 Interview with Mirna Valerio A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio Fat Girl Running Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan The Masters School at Dobbs Ferry A Cappella Books in Atlanta Content “(Not so scary) Books for Little Ghosts, Ghouls and Narwhals” by Seira Wilson at The Amazon Book Review - October 5, 2017 How Will You Measure Your Life? By Clayton M. Christensen Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 480 All-New Kindle Oasis

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 04:46:56 +0000

Arthur van Rest, left, GM Kindle Device & Accessories at Amazon, and Hany Ghali, Senior Product Manager, Kindle at Amazon Lab126

Interviews

Arthur van Rest and Hany Ghali at product demo October 5, 2017 in New York City: Starts at 7:22 and ends at 9:48

Hany Ghali phone/skype interview from Sunnyvale, California, on October 10, 2017: Starts at 20:26 and ends at 41:06

To purchase an all-new Kindle Oasis, please consider starting at The Kindle Chronicles home page and clicking on the Amazon ad at the upper right. That will generate an Amazon Associates commission that supports my show, and your cost will be the same. Thanks!

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TKC 479 Stephen Ingraham

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 01:27:06 +0000

Author of Point and Shoot Nature Photography Interview starts at 10:55 and ends at 40:30 “Each of us sees the beauty around us and the meaning and the pathos and the feeling that happens around us. And the more we share it one person to another, the more we realize we’re really all the same. We really share an experience of life on the earth that is not just mine or yours but that belongs to us all.” News “Europe has ordered Amazon to pay nearly $300 million in back taxes” by Jason Del Rey and Tony Romm at recode - October 4, 2017 “Amazon is Testing Its Own Delivery Service to Rival FedEx and UPS” by Spencer Soper at Bloomberg - October 5, 2017 The Everything Store by Brad Stone Big savings on Kindles Tech Tip “Echo devices can now call US, Canada, and Mexico numbers for free--No extra hardware necessary” at AFTnews - September 30, 2017 Interview with Stephen Ingraham Point and Shoot Nature Photography by Stephen Ingraham Pic for Today by Stephen Ingraham Point and Shoot Nature Photographer blog Zeiss Kindle and Print publish options at Kindle Direct Publishing Stephen Ingraham on Google Plus, Instagram, and Twitter Content “Why Jeff Bezos was ecstatic over today’s Nobel Prize announcement” by Tom Teodorczuk at MarketWatch - October 5, 2017 The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro “Amazon support forums to shut down. Big mistake! Write Jeff.”law by David Rothman Dedication This episode of the show is dedicated to my uncle, Bert Tighe, who passed away on October 5, 2017, at the age of 92. Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 478 Sara Nelson

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 18:22:51 +0000

VP & Executive Editor at the Harper Division of HarperCollins Interview starts at 21:54 and ends at 44:14 “I think publishers have some ideas about how Amazon feels about books, and I think Amazon has ideas about how little publishers about the business of books. And I think that they’re both wrong.” News “Introducing the Next Generation of Echo” - Amazon press release September 27, 2017 All-new Echo - $100 Echo Plus - $150 Echo Spot - $130 Echo Connect - $35 All-new Fire TV - $70 Echo Buttons (click at Alexa Gadgets page to be notified) Interview with Sara Nelson “Sara Nelson Heading to HarperCollins” at Publishers Weekly - June 28, 2017 Sara Nelson on TKC 419 - August 12, 2016 Omnivoracious, The Amazon Book Review Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee by Wayne Flynt A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick “Making the List” by Sara Nelson at Publishers Weekly - December 22, 2008 (Includes rave mention of A Reliable Wife) The Magnificent Esme Wells: A Novel by Adrienne Sharp - Available for pre-order with delivery on April 10, 2018 Review by Sara Nelson of The True Memoirs of Little K at Oprah.com (date unknown) HarperCollins 200th anniversary Next Week’s Guest Stephen Ingram, author of Point and Shoot Nature Photography Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 477 Jillian Vorce

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 03:36:45 +0000

CEO of The Jillian Group Interview starts at 12:16 and ends at 35:00 “When you build relationships for the sake of relationships, amazing things can happen. Your soil becomes so rich that what can grow and harvest is well beyond what you ever could have planted if you had known.” News Amazon press release announcing all-new Fire HD 10 - September 19, 2017 “Amazon is working on smart glasses to house Alexa AI, says FT” by Natasha Lomas at TechCrunch - September 20, 2017 “Why Alexa is on track to lose the Smart Home Assistant War” by Phil Hawthorne - September 16, 2017 “Amazon has 76% smart home speaker U.S. market share as Echo unit sales reach 15M, new study finds” by Taylor Soper at GeekWire - September 18, 2017 “Amazon Isn’t Just Spending Big Bucks on Groceries” by Justin Fox at Bloomberg - June 16, 2017 Tech Tip “You can now search your library’s e-book collection straight from Google” by Sasha Lekach at Mashable - September 19, 2017 Interview with Jillian Vorce The Jillian Group 20/20 Mind Sight: Refocus, Reignite & Reinvent Your Life from the Inside Out by Jillian Vorce and Phil Fragasso Marketing for Rainmakers: 52 Rules of Engagement to Attract and Retain Customers for Life by Phil Fragasso Other books by Phil Fragasso Oprah Winfrey interviews Robert Kiyosaki (YouTube) Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money - That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! By Robert Kiyosaki The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley Hitch the movie “The Lens of Creativity” presentation by Jillian Vorce at TEDxWaldenPond (video) - November 13, 2012 “Natick Rotary Club gathers to induct new members” by Peter Golden at WickedLocal - July 5, 2012 The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls Content PBS Video app for Fire tablets The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick Outro “A Week on the Wrist: The Apple Watch Series 3 Edition” by Benjamin Clymer at Hodinkee - September 20, 2017 Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 467 Jennifer Cast

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 01:12:21 +0000

Vice President, Amazon Books stores Interview starts at 10:48 and ends at 42:54 “We would like people who want physical books to walk out with a book, but if you walk out of our store, and you found three things to put on your wish list and two books that you want to buy for your Kindle, then we’re very, very happy.” Intro Agents of Change conference in Portland, Maine September 15, 2017 hosted by Rich Brooks, founder of Flyte New Media News “Dear Amazon, We Picked Your New Headquarters for You” by Emily Badger, Quoctrung Bui and Claire Cain Miller at The New York Times - September 9, 2017 “Amazon Weighs Boston in Search for Second Headquarters” by Spencer Soper at Bloomberg - September 12, 2017 “Amazon Music Focusing on Alexa, Echo to Stand Out Amid Streaming Competition” by Andrew Wallenstein at Variety - September 7, 2017 “Amazon’s ‘1-Click’ patent expires today…” by Monica Nickelsburg at GeekWire - September 11, 2017 “Amazon’s 1-Click Patent is About to Expire. What’s the Big Deal?” By Julia Dewitt at NPR - September 6, 2017 Tech Tip Setting up an Echo Show remotely for my sister Interview with Jennifer Cast “Amazon’s new Belleview bookstore shows brick-and-mortar ramp-up” by Ángel Gonzáles Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel by Mark Sullivan Outro Apple Keynote including demo of Apple Watch Series 3 (at 32:20) Next Week’s Guest Jillian Vorce, author of 20/20 Mind Sight: Refocus, Reignite & Reinvent Your Life from the Inside Out Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 475 John Morgan

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 01:57:25 +0000

Executive Editor at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group Interview starts at13:18 and ends at 42:00 “Books these days as they are produced are pretty nice little objects. And then there are so many different ways that can work. You can read a book on your phone--a ton of people read books on their phones. They read them on the web, they read them on an eReader of choice--they can read E Ink, they can read on something like a tablet with the iPad. None of that process seems messed up to me. There’s a lot of consumer choice, and there are a lot of different ways to read the same book.” News Amazon seeks proposals for its second headquarters - September 7, 2017 “Amazon Wants A Second HQ--and Walsh Says Boston Will be ‘Laser Focused’ On Bidding” by Zeninjor Enwemeka at WBUR - September 7, 2017 “Few Cities Could Accommodate Amazon’s New Headquarters” by Conor Sen at Bloomberg - September 7, 2017 “Amazon’s second headquarters: These cities are contenders” by Irina Ivanova at CBS Moneywatch - September 7, 2017 Amazon Prime Instant Pickup “Amazon removes the Fire TV box from the ‘Fire TV Family’” at AFTVnews - September 7, 2017 Tech Tip “Amazon Customers: Beware This Scam” by Joseph Steinberg at Inc. - September 5, 2017 Interview with John Morgan Imprint, the Children’s Publishing Group at Macmillan Mr. Robot: Red Wheelbarrow “Snowfall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek” by John Branch at The New York Times - 2012 The Witcher 3 - Wild Hunt (Playstation 4) based on The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski Tom Clancy’s The Division: New York Collapse (paperback only) Tom Clancy’s The Division (videogame) Melchor Media The Future of Storytelling Tilt Brush by Google Kesler Woodward’s Painting in the North website “Book Deal: The Wild Lands” at Paul Greci’s blog - July 14, 2017 Surviving Bear Island by Paul Greci House of Stairs and Interstellar Pig and by John Sleator (paper only) The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin Content Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Illustrated [Kindle in Motion] Comments Next Week’s Guest Jennifer Cast, Vice President of Amazon Books, the brick-and-mortar stores unit of Amazon Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 474 Nancy Pearl

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 00:24:43 +0000

Author of George & Lizzie Interview starts at 14:30 and ends at 44:06 “Because of their childhoods I think they approach the world in such different ways--George the pathological optimist and Lizzie the person who knows the glass is totally empty and that you’re just imagining any water. I don’t know what keeps any two people together in a marriage, and I’ve been married 51 years!” News “‘Cortana, Open Alexa,’ Amazon Says. And Microsoft Agrees.” by Nick Wingfield at The New York Times - August 30, 2017 Amazon press release - August 30, 2017 Amazon announces Alexa Prize Finalists “Alexa, Play My Music Everywhere” - Amazon release August 29, 2017 Interview with Nancy Pearl George & Lizzie: A Novel by Nancy Pearl (available for pre-order with release on September 5, 2017) Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason (2003) by Nancy Pearl “‘I Want the Pages to Turn’: Librarian Nancy Pearl’s Summer Reading List” at National Public Radio’s Morning Edition - June 29, 2017 The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver Birds of America: Stories by Lorrie Moore Standard Deviation: A Novel by Katherine Heiny Books by Laurie Colwin and Anne Tyler Searching for Caleb by Anne Tyler Heart, You Bully, You Punk by Leah Hager Cohen (not available in eBook) Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust Rediscoveries series The Cowboy and the Cossack by Clair Huffaker Books by Georgette Heyer Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart by Scott Anderson Next Week’s Guest John Morgan, Executive Editor at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and editor for the forthcoming Young Adult novel The Wild Lands by Paul Greci Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 473 Total Eclipse in Casper, Wyoming

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 02:29:34 +0000

Links

Wyoming Eclipse Festival

Vertical Horizons, co-founded by Howard Wishnow

Celestron EclipSmart binoculars

NASA’s Eclipse web site

My 360 video of the eclipse - Part 1 and Part 2

Next Week’s Guest

Nancy Pearl, author of George & Lizzie, her debut novel scheduled for release on September 5, 2017

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TKC 472 David Steinberger

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:44:26 +0000

Co-founder and CEO of ComiXology Interview starts at 9:40 and ends at 38:47 “When we made the business plan 10 years ago--it’s hard to remember this, but iPhones didn’t exist. None of us had any idea we were going to be heading into this world of carrying big pieces of glass around in our pockets or in our bags that would be so amazing for image-based reading.” News “L.L. Bean Beats Amazon.com, Once Again, For Best Customer Service” by Pam Goodfellow at Forbes - August 3, 2017 “Amazon Echo multiroom audio not far off, report says” by Megan Wollerton at CNET - August 8, 2017 “Need Something Extra Fast? Amazon Instant Pickup Launches This Week” - Amazon press release August 15, 2017 “Amazon’s Instant Pickup Service Shows Clearly Who Jeff Bezos is Targeting Next” by Eric Jhonsa at TheStreet - August 15, 2017 “Kindle Oasis in Short Supply, New Model Coming Soon?” at The eBook Reader - August 10, 2017 Tech Tip Fire HD 8 - $80 at Amazon.com Interview with David Steinberger ComiXology Guided View Native comics Box 13: The Collected Graphic Novel ComiXology Submit Xkcd John Lewis’s March series The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story ComiXology Unlimited Star Trek on ComiXology Content Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal - August 17, 2017 episode includes James Patterson speaking about Amazon and his new book, The Store The Store at Goodreads “National security advisor attempts to reconcile Trump’s competing impulses on Afghanistan” by Greg Jaffe and Philip Rucker at The Washington Post - August 4, 2017 Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam by H. R. McMaster Next Week’s Show Next week’s show will originate mainly in Casper, Wyoming, where I will travel to see the total eclipse of the sun on August 21st. Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 471 Jon P. Fine

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 23:41:36 +0000

Amazon’s former Director of Author and Publishing Relations

Interview starts at 0:22 and ends at 44:20

“I do think that there is an incredible level of smart, energetic, ambitious people at Amazon working in books. That’s an incredible asset. I’m optimistic that Amazon will continue to be able to hold its own. I also see great opportunity for others. I have a very optimistic view of the future of storytelling. I think it’s a great time to be a storyteller. You just have to be smart about the different ways you reach an audience.”

Interview with Jon P. Fine

OptiQly, where Jon Fine serves as General Counsel

Brilliance Audio

Amazon Literary Partnership

E.F. Hutton ad from the late 1970s

Audible Creation Exchange (ACX)

“Seattle’s Finest: Jon Fine is Leaving Amazon” by Porter Anderson at Thought Catalog - October 2, 2014

Next Week’s Guest

David Steinberger, co-founder and CEO of ComiXology, the digital comics and graphic novel retailer purchased three years ago by Amazon.

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TKC 470 Scott Parazynski

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 00:07:47 +0000

Author of The Sky Below Interview starts at 14:15 and ends at 41:36 “My goal with this book is to show people that it’s important to have high, lofty dreams, but it’s even more important to then have the vision and the resolve to make them come true.” News “Is Amazon getting too big?” by Steven Pearlstein at The Washington Post - July 28, 2017 “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox” by Lina M. Khan at the Yale Law Journal - January, 2017 “Amazon’s Jobs Fair Sends Clear Message: Now Hiring Thousands” by Noam Scheiber and Nick Wingfield at The New York Times - August 2, 2017 Tech Tip Amazon instructions for using your Alexa device to control your Fire TV Interview with Scott Parazynski The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed by Scott Parazynski Scott Parazynski on CBS This Morning - July 31, 2017 Upcoming Guests Jon Fine, strategist for digital and traditional media organizations David Steinberger, co-founder and CEO of ComiXology Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 469 Harry Bingham

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 03:02:30 +0000

Author of The Deepest Grave (Fiona Griffiths Crime Thriller Series Book 6) Interview starts at 12:26 and ends at 42:13 “The Big 5 publishers do have a model of ‘We will buy your book for life plus 70 years. In other words, I will get my books back about the time Bernie Madoff gets out of jail.” News Amazon earnings release - July 27, 2017   Earnings coverage by Recode and Publishers Weekly Inside Edge Amazon Video original series in India “This is Amazon’s Next Big Target” by CNBC - July 26, 2017 “Books are back, and that’s a very bad thing” by Graham Cooke at finder.com.au “For 4 Seattle women called Alexa, it’s funny, frustrating to share name with Amazon’s device” by William Robert Ferrer at The Seattle Times - July 21, 2017 Scott Galloway: Amazon will be broken up (video) - July 13, 2017 “Trump Accuses Washington Post of being lobbyist weapon for Amazon” by Jacqueline Thomsen at USA Today - July 24, 2017 Tech Tip Standard Ebooks Interview with Harry Bingham The Deepest Grave by Harry Bingham Books by Harry Bingham at Amazon.com The Writers’ Workshop Harry Bingham interview in August, 2015, on TKC 367 An Interview with Fiona Griffiths Content Mermaid by Jody Picoult, a Kindle Single with Kindle in Motion animation The Miracle of Dunkirk by Walter Lord, e-book published by Open Road Media Next Week’s Guest Scott Parazynski, author of The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed, available for pre-order from Amazon Publishing with release on August 1, 2017 Outro Ellamy Tiller and The Twang High Strung Reunion Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 468 Alex Cabal

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 01:11:24 +0000

Founder of StandardEbooks.org Interview starts at 11:43 and ends at 40:40 “One of the criteria for the books that we accept is that we very specifically don’t want to become a dumping ground for everything public domain. I think Project Gutenberg suffers from that to some extent. They are more of an archival website at this point. Anything and everything that was produced before 1923 gets on there, and a lot of stuff just wasn’t good. A lot of stuff didn’t survive for a reason.” News “Amazon launched 22 years ago this week--here’s what shopping on Amazon was like back in 1995” by Caroline Cakebread at Business Insider - July 20, 2017 “Here is the First Book Ever Ordered on Amazon” by Megan Garber at The Atlantic - October 31, 2012 Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought by Douglas Hofstadter “Amazon possibly working on new stand-alone messaging app called Anytime” at AFTVnews - July 13, 2017 “PSA: here’s how to put your old Amazon shipping boxes to good use” by Natt Garun at The Verge - July 15, 2017 Give Back Box “Amazon’s next Echo will be more like Apple’s HomePod” by Devindra Hardawar at Engadget - July 12, 2017 Amazon Treasure Truck “The First Alexa Phone Gets Amazon Even Closer to Total Domination” by Brian Barrett and David Pierce at Wired - July 18, 2017 Interview with Alex Cabal Standard Ebooks Project Gutenberg “The $5 million ‘Blurred Lines’ legal fight over the song’s ‘vibe’ could permanently change the music industry” by Paul Schrodt at Business Insider - December 15, 2015 Calibre Books mentioned that are available at Standard Ebooks:   The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin   North of Boston by Robert Frost   Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, translated by George Long   A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay   Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling   The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington Content Amazon Rapids feature Signature Stories Next Week’s Guest Harry Bingham, author of The Deepest Grave, the sixth book in the Fiona Griffiths detective seri3s Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 467 Len Vlahos

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:52:18 +0000

New co-owner of Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver Interview starts at 19:56 and ends at 43:00 “Bookstores have evolved over the years to become very much experiential retailing, and we’re no different.” News “Amazon Prime Day breaks record; sales grew by more than 60 percent” by Lauren Thomas at CNBC - July 12, 2017 (includes video of analyst Jan Kniffen) Amazon press release on Prime Day - July 12, 2017 Furbo Dog Camera Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine Tech Tip Libby by OverDrive CloudLibrary Interview with Len Vlahos Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver Books by Len Vlahos: The Scar Boys, Scar Girl, and Life in a Fishbowl Starred reviews of Life in a Fishbowl in Publishers Weekly and Booklist Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken - Audible and Kindle The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody - available for preorder, delivery on November 28, 2017 “SNL writer-turned-senator Al Franken talks Colorado politics ahead of Denver stop” by John Wenzel at The Denver Post - June 14, 2017 Tattered Cover Event Calendar Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 466 Jaimal Yogis

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 02:03:19 +0000

Author of All our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment and the Perfect Ride Interview starts at 9:50 and ends at 35:52 “All memoirs build a container that’s something of a lie. (You can never say it all.) But this book gets a little closer to the truth in that surfing and Zen are just big characters among many.” (Photo by Peter Dawson) News Camino Island by John Grisham “Amazon bookstores to participate in Prime Day for the first time” by Tonya Garcia at MarketWatch - July 5, 2017 Prime Day in Amazon Books stores Echo Show Nintendo Switch (gray) Jeff Bezos’s tweet with link to New York Times column by The Haggler “The Secrets of Bezos: How Amazon Became the Everything Store” by Brad Stone at Bloomberg - October 10, 2013 Tech Tip Click here to find Audible upgrades on your Kindle books. Interview with Jaimal Yogis Jaimal Yogis on TKC 236 in February, 2013 Books by Jaimal Yogis:   All Our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment and the Perfect Ride (Published July 4, 2017)   The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me About Survival, Success, Surfing...and Love (2013)   Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer’s Quest to Find Zeon on the Sea (2009) Saltwater Buddha The Film Content Standard Ebooks Comments Caseable cover for Kindle Voyage “15 first-class Kindle Voyage cases and covers” by Piotr Kowalczyk at Ebook Friendly - February 19, 2017 Next Week’s Guest Alex Cabal, founder of Standard Ebooks Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 465 Kevin Kelly

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 00:37:23 +0000

Author of The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future Interview starts at 18:40 and ends at 43:00 “All the visions that most people have of the future are all dystopian, and they’re afraid. They’re worried. And yet the reality, the scientific evidence is that we are much better off today. Any of your listeners are 10 times better off than 10 or 20 years ago. ” News “Early data suggests Amazon’s Echo Show could be a hit with consumers” by Jonathan Camhi at Business Insider - May 24, 2017 Echo Show - $230 at Amazon.com. Buy two, save $100. Prime Day Insider Guide “The 5 best Amazon Prime Day deals you can actually get right now” by Samantha Gordon at USA Today - June 30, 2017 Interview with Kevin Kelly The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age by Sven Birkerts Samsung Gear VR and Controller Magic Leap Recomendo newsletter Next Week’s Guest Jaimal Yogis, author of All Our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment and the Perfect Ride, The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me About Survival, Success, Surfing...And Love, and Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer’s Quest to Find Zen on the Sea Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 464 David Wright

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 02:40:42 +0000

Reader’s Advisory Librarian at Seattle Public Library Interview starts at 12:20 and ends at 37:05 “The Seattle Library has seen an exponential growth in our e-book usage, which like elsewhere is not cutting into our print usage. It’s additive, which is really interesting to say. Same with audiobooks. These new formats just seem to bring new people into reading and literature, so that’s all to the good.” (Photo by John Lok, The Seattle Times) News “New findings suggest it might be better to read toddlers an e-book than a print book” by Emma Young at The British Psychological Society Research Digest - June 15, 2017 “Amazon’s New Customer” by Ben Thompson at Stratechery - June 19, 2017 “In Whole Foods, Bezos Gets a Sustainably Sourced Guinea Pig” by Farhad Manjoo at The New York Times - June 17, 2017 “Open Road Integrated Media Newsletters Reach One Million Subscribers” - press release on June 22, 2017 Tech Tips “Introducing Smart Home Camera Control with Alexa” by Jeff Blankenburg at Alexa Blogs - June 22, 2017 Interview with David Wright Seattle Public Library Nancy Pearl on TKC 268 Books by Jerome Charyn and James Sallis The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood Books by Joanna Russ Selected Shorts podcast Books by Richard Matheson Amazon support for Mary’s Place - Seattle Times May 14, 2017 Internet Archive The Mysteries of Paris by Eugéne Sue The Collected Works of Jack London A Natural History of Hell: Stories by Jeffrey Ford (Includes “The Blameless”) Articles by and about David Wright: “Librarians of the 21st Century: Worst Story Time Ever? (Or Best?)” at LitHub - March 14, 2017 “Seattle library offers suspenseful story time just for grown-ups” by Nicole Einbinder at The Seattle Times - March 3, 2017 “Behind the Bookshelf: At home with a librarian” by Kelly Skahan at Seattle Refined Readings (mp3) by David Wright: Thrilling Tales events - a couple of ghost stories Jean-Ah Poquelin, an old New Orleans Horror story by George Washington Cabell - Some classic short-short stories: William Hope Hodgson's A Voice in the Night Nikolai Gogol's The Nose Love Poems, by Lon Otto (NPR) A pair of holiday tales (I read for NPR) Content The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly George and Lizzy: A Novel by Nancy Pearl (Available for pre-order) Comment “Here’s An Idea For Amazon Kindle Books” by Dan Barnett at Medium - June 21, 2017 Next Week’s Guest Kevin Kelly, author of The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 463 Jeff O'Neal

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:10:17 +0000

Executive Editor and Co-founder of Book Riot Interview starts at 10:10 and ends at 43:25 “If publishers woke up tomorrow and sanely priced e-books, I think it would be different in degree not in kind. I don’t think we’d see 10x growth in e-books’ market share. Maybe there would be 5, 10 percent [growth in] market share. I don’t know.” News “Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion” by Nick Turner at Bloomberg - June 16, 2071 Press Release announcing Whole Foods acquisition - June 16, 2017 “Cramer: Amazon could dominate food retail within two years” video at CNBC - June 16, 2017 “Amazon will be the first company worth $1 trillion” by Eric Johnson at Recode - June 12, 2017 Jeff Bezos tweet re: philanthropy The Case for a National Library Endowment via David Rothman   Tech Tips “How to install Google Play on Kindle Fire (without root) by Olga & Rachel at Love My Fire Yousician Interview with Jeff O’Neal The Reading Ape Book Riot Book Riot podcasts: Book Riot, All the Books, Get Booked, SFF Yeah! (science fiction/fantasy), and Read or Dead (mystery/thriller) Maud Newton’s blog The Elegant Variation Clinton Kabler, chief operating officer and co-founder of Riot New Media Group Rebecca Joines Schinsky, executive director of product and ecommerce at Riot New Media Group Amanda Nelson, managing editor of Book Riot The New York Times Book Review Goodreads Wattpad Scribd Audible Next Week’s Guest David Wright, readers advisory librarian at the Seattle Library Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 462 John Mitchinson

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:54:53 +0000

Co-founder and chief publishing officer of Unbound Interview starts at 8:56 and ends at 42:25 “It’s not so much the elephant in the room. We are the room inside the elephant, if you look at the size that Amazon is growing as an online retailer. That kind of troubles me, because I feel a little bit like when publishing does get round to direct-to-consumer it will already be too late. ” News “Amazon Will Be the Fifth Largest Bookstore Chain” by Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly - June 1, 2017 Amazon Fresh “Amazon is going after Walmart with a 45 percent discount on Prime for lower-income shoppers” by Jason Del Rey at Recode - June 6, 2017 Tech Tips “Amazon Unveils New Kindle Highlight and Note System” by Michael Kozlowski at Good E Reader - June 6, 2017 Interview with John Mitchinson John Mitchinson on TKC 213 in 2012 Unbound Unbound co-founders Justin Pollard and Dan Kiernan QI (Quite Interesting), the BBC quiz show Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts Kickstarter and Indiegogo Unbound books by Jonathan Meades and Jonathan Coe Morgan Entrekin, president and publisher of Grove/Atlantic Books, cofounder of the Literary Hub website (Click here for Morgan’s appearance on The Kindle Chronicles in May of 2016 at BookExpo America.) Unbound’s Backlisted podcast hosted by John Mitchinson and Andy Miller (author of The Year of Reading Dangerously) at SoundCloud and iTunes Unbound Digital books at Amazon.com A Murder of Crows by Ian Skewis The Elegant Art of Falling Apart by Jessica Jones - $10.99 on Kindle, or $7.00 at Unbound (.mobi file download) A Box of Birds by Charles Fernyhough - $7.00 at Unbound Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience compiled by Shaun Usher - $15.39 on Kindle or $22.97 in hardcover at Amazon.com; $15 eBook or $35 special hardback edition at Unbound The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla (Unbound) Tatterdemalion by Sylvia Linsteadt, illustrated by Rima Staines (Unbound) I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon by Crystal Zevon Content “5 Good Summer Reads” by Bill Gates at Gates Notes - May 22, 2017 Book Riot podcast with mention of Gates’s 5 Summer reads Next Week’s Guest Jeff O’Neal, executive editor and co-founder of Book Riot Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads!  [...]


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TKC 461 Chris Messina

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 21:42:32 +0000

Inventor of the Hashtag Interview starts at 12:30 and ends at 44:11 “Your pocket is now your garage, right. If one time you used to buy a car to sort of have in the garage to be like, ‘Wow. Look at this. I’m just going to go out and look at my baby.’ I think that in a similar way Apple thinks very similarly about computer products. And Amazon, meanwhile, is striking a much more ordinary context, like ‘Don’t think too hard about technology.’ But it should be there to enable your life to be easier, be simpler. ” News “Amazon’s stock price crosses $1,000 amid Wall Street love fest” by Ángel González at The Seattle Times - May 30, 2017 “The most bullish Amazon analyst on Wall Street thinks the stock will soar another 47% from here” by Akin Oyedele at Business Insider - May 10, 2016 Echo Look - $200 at Amazon.com Tech Tips “Now you can read your Kindle books in Virtual Reality” by Bufo Calvin at I Love My Kindle Interview with Chris Messina “Why Silicon Valley is all wrong about Amazon’s Echo Show” by Chris Messina at Medium - May 11, 2017 “Seeing Genius in Negative Space” by Chris Messina at Medium - May 19, 2015 “Introducing Echo Show” video at YouTube - May 9, 2017 Echo Show product page at Amazon Internet Relay Chat (IRC) Flickr “Groups for Twitter; or A Proposal for Twitter Tag Channels” by Chris Messina at FactoryJoe.com - August 25, 2007 Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2017 Steve Jobs in 1980 comparing computers to car models (YouTube) Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 460 Mark Sullivan

Fri, 26 May 2017 02:49:57 +0000

Author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky Interview starts at 3:32 and ends at 42:21 “Not only does the guy [Pino Lella] deserve to be noted for what he did, his story is the story of faith, and the ability to endure, and the ability to go on, and the ability to the best and the worst of life in life. And yet still understand that it’s a miracle every day. ” News Amazon Fresh delivery in Denver Tech Tips “Amazon’s Alexa Calling is Like a Jetsons Version of the Home Phone” by David Pogue (includes video) at Yahoo! Tech - May 19, 2017 Interview with Mark Sullivan Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel The Assisi Underground: The Priests Who Rescued Jews by Alexander Ramati (not available on Kindle) Valchiavenna Ski Area Alberto Ascari Con smania Content Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan (Audible) Guadacanal Diary and Invasion Diary, A Dramatic Firsthand Account of the Allied Invasion of Italy by Richard Tregaskis. The Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson. 1. An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy2. The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (The Liberation Trilogy Book 2)*3. The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (The Liberation Trilogy Book 3)   Next Week’s Guest Chris Messina, author of “Why Silicon Valley is all wrong about Amazon’s Echo Show” Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 459 Jennifer Gunnels

Fri, 19 May 2017 22:27:39 +0000

Co-founder of Tor Labs Interview starts at 16:53 and ends at 40:00 “This story is 14 episodes, and it is about security chief Dakota Prentiss and Matt Salem, who are both ex-military, working at a secret military base that happens to have a flying saucer, an alien, and a mysterious thing called the harp. No one really knows quite what it does. They instantly fall in love with one another, but the hitch is that when you sign up for this gig there is an absolute, ironclad no-fraternization policy. ” News “Amazon Echo Silver” on Saturday Night Live (YouTube video) - May 13, 2017 “8 People Test Their Accents on Siri, Echo and Google Home | Wired” (YouTube video) - May 16, 2017 Seattle Times editorial on Amazon’s donation of space to Mary’s Place homeless shelter - May 14, 2017 “Why Silicon Valley is All Wrong about Amazon’s Echo Show” by Chris Messina at Medium - May 11, 2017 Tech Tips “Alexa Calling Has a Major Privacy Flaw” by elise oras at Medium - May 12, 2017 “Amazon says caller blocking for Alexa/Echo is coming, amid customer complaints” by Todd Bishop at GeekWire - May 13, 2017 eReaderIQ Interview with Jennifer Gunnels “Tor Books Launching ‘Tor Labs’, a New Serialized Fiction Podcast Imprint” - Tor Books press release on May 1, 2017. Mac Rogers Gideon Productions Arrival and Ocean’s Eleven Arrival (Stories of Your Life MTI) by Ted Chiang LifeAfter (iTunes) Felix & Paul Studios (VR) Steal the Stars by Nat Cassidy - available for pre-order with delivery on November 7, 2017 Content “Amazon Prime Reading Launches in the UK” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader - May 18, 2017 “Amazon Starts Weekly Bestseller Lists” by Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly - May 18, 2017 Next Week’s Guest Mark Sullivan, author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 458 Peter Costanzo

Sat, 13 May 2017 04:28:40 +0000

Digital and Archival Publishing Manager for The Associated Press Interview starts at 12:51 and ends at 40:01 “I really try to get people to understand that every little basic functionality within e-books that Amazon keeps introducing--whether it’s their X-ray feature or Kindle Lending Library or whatever it might be within the e-book world or within the connection with the social-media platform Goodreads--these are all enhancements to your reading experience.” News Introducing Echo Show “Amazon’s ‘Echo Show’ gives Alexa the Touchscreen it Needed” by David Pierce at Wired - May 9, 2017 Alexa Calling and Message (Amazon help page) April Hamilton on Alexa’s new calling and messaging Jeff Bezos at the Internet Association gala (video) Tech Tips Apple AirPods Interview with Peter Costanzo The Associated Press Content Dwight D. Eisenhower: An Associated Press Biography by Relman Morin Saigon Has Fallen by Peter Arnett My Time with the Kings: A Reporter’s Recollections of Martin, Coretta and the Civil Rights Movement by Kathryn Johnson Divided America: An AP Guide to the Fracturing of a Nation edited by Jerry Schwartz Click here for a full list of books published by The Associated Press Under the Scarlet Sky: A Novel by Mark Sullivan Next Week’s Guest Jennifer Gunnels, a co-creator of Tor Labs, a new, experimental imprint of Tor Books. Tor Labs’s first project will be Steal the Stars, directed by Mac Rogers, whose podcast serial LifeAfter is an amazingly powerful audio drama. Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 457 James McQuivey

Sat, 06 May 2017 02:04:47 +0000

Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research Interview starts at 11:17 and ends at 36:16 “I don’t think they [Amazon] really expect the fashion angle to be a big driver of these [Echo Look] devices. They needed a pretext. They needed a reason to put a camera in your home, to see how comfortable you are with that idea, to test whether or not there’s a big social outcry about putting cameras in people’s homes, whether they can start connecting what they see with what they know... Eventually that kind of visual intelligence will be a very crucial part of how Amazon builds a deeper relationship with you. But they had to start somewhere, and the closet, I think, was a pretty safe place to start.” News “Exclusive: This is Amazon’s new Echo with a built-in touchscreen” at AFTVnews - May 5, 2017. “The first photo of Amazon’s Echo with a touchscreen may have just leaked” by Antonio Villas-Boas at Business Insider - May 5, 2017 “Amazon’s touchscreen Echo leaks again, in two colors” by Ashley Carman at The Verge - May 5, 2017 “Amazon Echo with a built-in screen may be on deck next month” by Ben Fox Rubin at CNET - April 27, 2017 “How eBooks lost their shine: ‘Kindles now look clunky and unhip’” by Paula Cocozza at The Guardian - April 27, 2017 Book Riot Podcast episode 207 with Jeff O’Neal and Rebecca Joines Schinsky “Get Ready for Amazon Phone Take 2” by Daniel B. Kline at The Motley Fool - May 4, 2017 “Amazon patent shows how Alexa-powered devices could turn into extension phones” by Alan Boyle at GeekWire - May 2, 2017 Small Business Phone Systems - Voice and Data Cabling patent at Free Patents Online Tech Tip “Kindle iOS app gets all-text bold: Can help iPad and iPhone owners, even those with good eyes” by David Rothman at TeleRead - May 2, 2017 Amazon Advertising Preferences page Interview with James McQuivey Echo Look Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation by James McQuivey The Principles of Neural Science, Fifth Edition by Eric Kandel, James Schwartz, Thomas Jessell et al Nuance Communications Comments “This is what fraud looks like in the age of Artificial Intelligence” by Ben Dickson at The Next Web - May 3, 2017 Next Week’s Guest Peter Costanzo, digital & archival publishing manager at The Associated Press Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads! Right-click here and then click "Save Link As..." to download the audio to your computer, phone, or MP3 player.[...]


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TKC 456 Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:42:21 +0000

Author of The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life and Joie de Vivre Interview starts at 13:00 and ends at 41:17 “This is also my philosophy of life: I talk about a turtle. A turtle stays in one place--it’s safe. Nothing can happen. It carries its house on its back. If that turtle wants to move, it has to take a risk. It has to stick its neck out. And I like that image of the turtle.” Intro Echo Dot (2nd Generation) Ask My Buddy skill for Alexa News Amazon’s first-quarter earnings release - April 27, 2017 “Amazon just turned a profit for the eighth straight quarter” by Jason Del Rey at Recode = April 27, 2017 Introducing Echo Look This Week in Google episode 402 with Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham (via Overcast, cued up to begin playing at discussion of Echo Look) Tech Tips “Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Says ‘Star Trek’ Inspired Alexa and Echo” by Mike Brown at Inverse - May 18, 2016 Vital Signs: Discovering and Sustaining Your Passion for Life by Gregg Levoy, who was my guest on TKC 335 A Book of American Martyrs: A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates Interview with Dr. Ruth Westheimer DrRuth.com “At Home with Dr. Ruth” - 2013 New York Times video Dr. Ruth’s Twitter feed and YouTube Channel The Doctor is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre by Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer Leopold by Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer (and in paperback) Sex for Dummies Dr. Ruth’s Sex After 50: Revving Up the Romance, Passion & Excitement! “The Biggest Names in Sex” by Daniel Radosh at The Daily Beast - January 12, 2009 Helen Singer Kaplan (Wikipedia) and New York Times obituary August 19, 1995 Content Subscribe with Amazon Half-price deal on Texture Premium for Prime members Magazines included in Texture Premium subscription Next Week’s Guest James McQuivey, vice president and principal analyst at of Forrester Research. Click here for McQuivey’s post, “Alexa Will See You Now: Why Echo Has a Camera” Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 455 Naomi S. Baron

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 02:04:52 +0000

Author of Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World Interview starts at 10:33 and ends at 41:35 “Education increasingly wants to measure finite, little bites of stuff, and the digital technology that we are using in our education--and we do have print--is tailored to these quick wins as opposed to a deeper level of learning.” Intro My new VR setup: Samsung Galaxy Edge S8 with new Samsung Gear VR + controller News “Amazon continues to grow lead over Google as starting point for online shoppers” by Taylor Soper at GeekWire - January 13, 2017 Scott Galloway bio “How Amazon is Dismantling Retail” - Scott Galloway video - April 17, 2017 Tech Tip How I improved performance on my Amazon Fire HD 8 6th Generation tablet Interview with Naomi S. Baron Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters by Tom Nichols The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax Wonder by R. J. Palacio Content Amazon Publishing’s summer-fall 2017 catalog (PDF) Next Week’s Guest Dr. Ruth Westheimer, author of The Doctor is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 454 Kes Woodward

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 03:05:07 +0000

Painter, art critic and historian Interview starts at 15:00 and ends at 41:14 “I remember your talking on one of your programs about Jeff Bezos’s insisting on a one-second [Alexa] response when his staff said, “We can get this down to three seconds,” and he said, “That’s not good enough.” That makes a huge difference. It shouldn’t--we’re so impatient, I’m so impatient. But the fact that it is more more conversational and that I don’t have to wait and think about the fact that this is a machine processing it, makes it much more real to me.” News Jeff Bezos’s 2016 Letter to Shareholders - and the 1997 letter (PDF) “Over 550 Amazon Employees Are Pressuring Leadership to Cut Advertising Ties With Breitbart” by Charlie Warzel at BuzzFeed - April 13, 2017 Tech Tips How to connect Amazon Tap to a new wifi network (Amazon help page) Ask My Buddy skill for Alexa Interview with Kesler Woodward Painting in the North, Kes’s web site Western States Arts Federation Kes Woodward on TKC 50 - July 1, 2009 iPad Mini 4 Bufo Calvin in VR on TKC 453 - April 7, 2017 Content Audible Range “About” page with email signup Next Week’s Guest Naomi S. Baron, author of Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 453 Bufo Calvin in Virtual Reality

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 01:17:54 +0000

Creator of I Love My Kindle and The Measured Circle Interview starts at 6:14 and ends at 43:10 “It would also be able to know what your preferences are--that’s one of the biggest things about what we’ll see eventually with Virtual Reality. So for myself as a vegetarian, I could walk down that virtual aisle and have things that were for vegetarians maybe have a green outline on them, so that I could tell what was what.”   News “Amazon exec steps in as CEO Jeff Bezos’s new ‘shadow’” by Rachel Lerman at The Seattle Times - March 14, 2017 Jeffrey Helbling on LinkedIn “Amazon will start collecting sales tax nationwide starting April 1st” by Nick Statt at The Verge - March 24, 2017 “Amazon to hire 5,000 remote customer-service reps, part of drive to add 30,000 part-timers” by Angel Gonzales at The Seattle Times - April 6, 2017 Info on Nights & Weekends part-time Customer Service Associate jobs at Amazon Amazon info page for AmazonCash “Amazon allows customers to add cash to their accounts at brick-and-mortar retailers” by Angel Gonzalez at The Seattle Times - April 3, 2017 Tech Tip “Pogue’s Basics: Make Amazon Echo tell you when it’s transmitting” by David Pogue Interview with Bufo Calvin Bufo’s I Love My Kindle blog Bufo’s The Measured Circle blog “Videos in VR: Hulu vs. Netflix” By Bufo Calvin at The Measured Circle Samsung Gear VR headset vTime Chimera Reader VR app Oculus Rift VR headset HTC Vive headset The Fourth Transformation: How Augmented Reality & Artificial Intelligence Will Change Everything by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel “Virtually Mike & Nora on Hulu” (YouTube) Play Cardboard apps on Gear VR (Google Play store) SideloadVR for GearVR (Google Play) Content Readly app at Amazon Readly AT&T terms “Readly Launches Exclusive Program with AT&T Thanks” at Crossroads Today - March 28, 2017 Outro “Will Virtual Reality Replace Skype” - April 6, 2017. This is my Medium essay about the interview with Bufo Calvin in vTime. Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 452 Timothy DeLizza

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 02:12:23 +0000

Author of “Jerry (from accounting)” Interview starts at 14:56 and ends at 45:09 "I love what Amazon is doing in terms of giving access to a platform in a kind of populist way. I think that is incredibly helpful. I think the distribution is amazing. It creates new readers. I love the $2 price point for a novella. I think that’s definitely expanding who can have access to the writing and quality writing. Historically speaking the Big Five were very focused on content and less on how the distribution was happening, and that was what they were pretty good at. Amazon’s strength was in more distribution and being ahead of the curve on the eBooks. I think Amazon now is catching up and really focusing on content across the board." News “Amazon’s Ambitions Unboxed: Stores for Furniture, Appliances and More” by Nick Wingfield at The New York Times - March 25, 2017 “Amazon, the world’s most remarkable firm, is just getting started” at The Economist - March 25, 2017 “Amazon could become our leading physical retailer before very long” by Mike Shatzkin - March 21, 2017 “Busy Week for Amazon Ends with Stock Surge to Record Close” by Angel Gonzalez at The Seattle Times - March 31, 2017 Tech Tip Is your Amazon Fire HD 8 sluggish? Try shutting off some apps. Interview with Timothy DeLizza Day One Magazine (send submissions to dayone-submissions@amazon.com) Jerry (from accounting) by Timothy DeLizza Goodreads page for Jerry (from accounting) My Medium post which mentions Jerry (from accounting) - March 8, 2016 The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens “Spiritual and Menial Housework” by Dorothy Roberts at Yale Journal of Law & Feminism - 1997 Growing Up Absurd: Problems of Youth in the Organized Society by Paul Goodman Latham & Watkins Amazon Publishing’s Little a imprint for literary fiction and nonfiction Books Timothy DeLizza is currently reading: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyonce by Morgan Parker, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones, Human Acts: A Novel by Han Kang Outro “Dr. Ruth Readies for Blast Off!” (video released by Amazon Publishing for April 1, 2017) Next Week’s Guest Bufo Calvin of the I Love My Kindle blog and I will rendezvous in Virtual Reality via an app named vTime to discuss how Amazon may get involved in VR this year. Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads! You can follow my essays on travel, authors, technology, politics, and daily life at Medium. Right-click here and then click "Save Link As..." to download the audio to your computer, phone, or MP3 player.[...]


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TKC 451 Patrick Coggins

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:11:15 +0000

Co-founder of Ask My Buddy Interview starts at 18:45 and ends at 41:25 "In terms of users or penetration, I would say that Google Home probably represents about less than 10 percent on our network. [Alexa has the rest.] That’s just time out there, the commercials. They’re just more widely known. Also, I would say the reduction in price, coming out with the Dot for 49 bucks--that was an end all. There were millions that went out. I would say that the price point developed a stronger user base for Amazon." Audio and links from South By Southwest PARCO shopping mall in Japan “Facebook debuts its first dedicated virtual reality app, Facebook 360” by Lucas Matney at Techcrunch - March 8, 2016 Ana Benitez, President, Storyrocket Khushi Baby health monitor in India Felix & Paul Studios (interview with Robin Lippman, content coordinator) “Is this the future of movies?’ by Len Edgerly at Medium - March 14, 2016 “At 40 minutes, Miyubi is the first VR movie to feel like a real film” by Adi Robertson at The Verge - January 24, 2017 Deen Wright, founder of BASE, Buy and Sell Everything Tech Tip My Medium post which explains how to set up and use Ask My Buddy on Alexa Interview with Patrick Coggins Ask My Buddy website Ask My Buddy smartphone/tablet apps for iPhone (iOS) and Android Alexa devices from Amazon: Echo, Tap, and Dot (2nd Generation) Google Home Mycroft open-source platform 4AFart Alexa skill Google’s api.ai tool Alexa web portal “Amazon plans to release new Alexa devices that can make phone calls and work as intercoms” by Jason Del Rey at Recode - March 3, 2017 Next Week’s Guest Timothy DeLizza, author of “Jerry (from accounting)” Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 450 South By Southwest Interactive

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 04:44:28 +0000

David Measer of RPA Advertising and Lisa Pecot-Hebert of USC Interview starts at 25:08 and ends at 49:15 I expected the smaller cities in the U.S. to be places where eventually trends made their way there and that they’d be listening to music that I listened to 10 years ago, or wearing fashion that was old. And it wasn’t like that at all. These places, cities that I couldn’t even identify on a map before I went--Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Fargo, North Dakota; Moorehead, Minnesota; Omaha, Nebraska--were actually places that were thriving in their own way. They really had an identity of their own, and they felt like they were leading the charge. They weren’t drafting off of the big coastal cities. (David Measer) Shorter Interviews at SXSW (with times at which they start) Steph Hay, head of conversation design at Capital One. (5:32) Scott Totman, head of mobile technology, payments and innovation at Capital One (10:40) “The Urgency of Now: Launching the Biden Cancer Initiative” - Joe Biden’s talk at SXSW (13:03) Omar Siddiqui, CEO of Kiwi Inc., creators of Sequel, a bot-creation platform. He was a presenter at “Best Bot Practices” session. (17:31) Facebook Messenger Romance Now, a bot available on Kik Interview with David Measer and Lisa Pecot-Hebert “One Hundred Million People You Don’t Know But Should” - event description at SXSW. Click here for my liveblog of the session. You will need to click again on the post headline to see the individual liveblog entries. David Measer Lisa Pecot-Hebert Vice Next Week’s Show: More from South By Southwest Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 449 Patricia Cornwell

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:57:18 +0000

Author of Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert

Interview starts at 10:27 and ends at 41:38

“Billie Jean King is very aware of my Ripper book, and we talked about it when I began all this investigation in 2001, because Billie Jean had been a friend of mine for many years. We talked about this, and she said, ‘You need to talk to the people at Amazon about this, because this is a really unusual project.’” (Photo Credit: Ecclesine)

News

Author Earnings report for February 2017

“Amazon could hammer the final nail into the iPad’s coffin” by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDENet -n March 6, 2017

Interview with Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell’s books at Amazon.com

Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert by Patricia Cornwell

Next Week’s Show

Interviews and new ideas from South By Southwest Interactive in Austin. Click here for a link to the events I have favorited and may attend.

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TKC 448 Michael Anderle

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 03:19:41 +0000

Author of The Kutherian Gambit series Interview starts at 10:15 and ends at 43:51 "When I originally put out Book 1 I had no idea if anyone cared about my stories. I didn’t want to invest a lot of time, money, and effort if nobody wanted to read it." News “Site of Amazon’s Cloud glitch made it especially disruptive” by Angel Gonzalez at The Seattle Times - February 28, 2017 “The embarrassing reason behind Amazon’s huge cloud computing outage this week” by Brian Fung at The Washington Post - March 2, 2017 “Summary of the Amazon S3 Service Disruption in the Northern Virginia (US-EAST-1) Region” - Amazon Web Services statement “Amazon Cloud Snafu Snarls Web Traffic” at WSJ What’s News podcast - March 1, 2017 “Amazon Unveils First East Coast Bricks and Mortar” by Alex Green at Publishers Weekly - February 28, 2017 “Amazon plans to release new Alexa devices that can make phone calls and work as intercoms” by Jason Del Rey at Recode - March 3, 2017 Tech Tip Lazy-Hands grip for tablet and e-readers Interview with Michael Anderle The Kutherian Gambit series by Michael Anderle Stephen Campbell’s interviews with Michael Anderle at The Author Biz on November 15, 2016 and January 25, 2016 Trader’s Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper series by Nathan Lowell Her Royal Runner (The Courier Chronicles Book 0) by Joey Anderle Next Week’s Guest Patricia Cornwell, author of Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 447 Stephen Campbell

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:59:41 +0000

Author of Four Seasons of Reno Hart and Creator of The Author Biz podcast Interview starts at 10:33 and ends at 42:30 "The power of Amazon Publishing--if you’ve written a good book and the people at Amazon support the book--there are so many levers and knobs that they can turn to put it in front of the people who will like it. It is astonishing. There’s nothing like it." News Amazon discount to celebrate Harris Poll ranking - press release on February 22, 2017 “With Amazon Books, Jeff Bezos Is Solving Digital Retail’s Biggest Design Flaw” by Noah Robischon at Fast Company - February 13, 2017 “9 Statistics Writers Should Know About Amazon” by Jane Friedman at JaneFriedman.com - February 16, 2017 Tech Tip Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1-5) by Hugh Howie with Kindle in Motion update Interview with Stephen Campbell The Author Biz website and podcast Four Seasons of Reno Hart by Stephen R. Campbell The Hardy Boys Starter Set (5 Volumes) by Franklin W. Dixon Cozy Mysteries (new releases in 2016) at Amazon.com Mysteries by Agatha Christie The Taylor Stevens Show podcast Books by Taylor Stevens Books by Paul Levine Mysteries by Harry Bingham (99-cent sale ends February 24, 2017) Books by Barbara Nickless, and her website The World’s Best Cat Litter Content Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert [Kindle in Motion] by Patricia Cornwell “Jack the Ripper: Patricia Cornwell ‘Proves’ Walter Sickert Was the Killer in Second Book” by Sara C Nelson at Huffington Post - February 21, 2017 Next Week’s Guest Michael Anderle, author of The Kurtherian Gambit series Outro My talented niece Fran Betlyon sings my father’s favorite song on his 90th birthday on February 18. Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 446 Brady Dale

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:36:44 +0000

Technology Reporter at Observer.com Interview starts at 10:30 and ends at 42:19 "That’s why I call this whole printed book thing fetishism. What’s more important? Is literature and writing important or is this object more important? I think literature is more important, and writing is important. I don’t really care how people read it. I just really want to push back on this idea that there’s something sad that we’ve lost because print books are fading, when what I care about is not print or first editions. I care about people reading and the act of writing and that creative work." News “Amazon Alexa Voice Service Coming to DTS Play-Fi” - September 28, 2017 “Why Amazon is the World’s Most Innovative Company of 2017” by Noah Robischon at Fast Company - February 13, 2017 “Amazon.com Takes Aim at Victoria’s Secret With Its Own $10 Bras” by Khadeeja Safdar and Laura Stevens at The Wall Street Journal - February 10, 2017 “AWS Announces Amazon Chime” - press release February 14, 2017 Amazon Chime Tech Tip “Owners of first and second generation Kindles can’t register them” by Andrew Liptak at The Verge - February 11, 2017 “Amazon Tap’s new hands-free Alexa update means it’s actually useful” by Lauren Goode at The Verge - February 9, 2017 Interview with Brady Dale “Despite What You Heard, The E-Book Market Never Stopped Growing” by Brady Dale at Observer.com - January 18, 2017 “Titans of Kindle” series by Brady Dale Podiobooks “How to reach me secretly and securely” by Brady Dale at Medium - February 12, 2017 Google Authenticator Mailbox.org Sync.com ProtonMail “On Twitter, Users Shouldn’t Need a Name” by Brady Dale at Observer.com - February 14, 2017 Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 445 Betty Anholt

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:29:30 +0000

Historian at the Sanibel Public Library Interview starts at 3:01 and ends at 34:30 [On Anne Morrow Lindbergh:] “Going up and learning how to fly--I mean, in that era was pretty impressive. I’m kind of struck by the fact that a lot of times when we look back and say ‘Gee, in the 50s it was kind of daring of a woman to do that.” It may have been as a wide generality, but there have always been daring women. You can go back to Cleopatra, and there’s plenty of them around.” News “Amazon hunts for London shops” by Aimee Donnellan and Simon Duke at The Sunday Times - February 5, 2017 Tech Tip “Amazon’s Tap Speaker gets a hands-free update in defiance of its name” by Brian Heater at TechCrunch - February 9, 2017 Interview with Betty Anholt Sanibel Public Library Sanibel’s Story: Voices and Images from Calusa to Incorporation by Betty Anholt Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Poetry by Anne Morrow Lindbergh Listen! The Wind by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, winner of the 1939 National Book Award N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge Sanibel Island Light House Next Week’s Guest Brady Dale, of Observer.com, author of “Despite What You Heard, the E-Book Market Never Stopped Growing” on January 18, 2017 Outro The Author Biz hosted by Stephen Campbell Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads! Right-click here and then click "Save Link As..." to download the audio to your computer, phone, or MP3 player.[...]


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TKC 444 Thad McIlroy

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 19:25:29 +0000

President of The Future of Publishing Interview starts at 8:19 and ends at 44:04 "I’m convinced that if you want to retain your job in publishing moving forward, unless you’re demonstrably technology adept, you’re going to lose your job. Yeah, there’s room for 100 amazing editors who can’t even use a computer, but that’s not the run-of-the-mill worker in publishing today. They need to be imbued with a knowledge of technology." News Amazon’s earnings (Forbes) - February 2, 2017 Amazon press release on earnings Walmart going after Amazon Prime (Recode) - January 31, 2017 David Frum in The Atlantic’s March issue   Jeff Bezos statement on immigration executive order Give Trump a Chance debate Interview with Thad McIlroy The Future of Publishing website “An Authoritative Look at Book Publishing Startups” by Thad McIlroy Shelfie “Shelfie Closes” by Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly - January 31, 2017 John LeCarré: The Biography by Adam Sisman BookBub PerfectIt The Bestseller Code by Jodi Archer and Matthew L. Jockers “Leisure time on an average day” - chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Data Guy’s presentation at 2017 Digital Book World Next Week’s Guest Betty Anholt, historian at the Sanibel Public Library For Updates on our Florida Sojourn: Click here for my essays on Medium  Click here for my Instagram photos Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads!  [...]


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TKC 433 Mark Roberts & Patience Clevenger

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:56:49 +0000

Co-Authors of Evelyn’s Lighthouse Interview starts at 14:58 and ends at 44:35 Patience: "It was really meant to inspire other younger girls or the readers to read more, because I’ve always loved reading, and Evelyn loves reading. We really hope that it causes others to want to read just as much as Evelyn does." News Author Earnings Book stats presented at Digital Book World “Despite What You Heard, The E-Book Market Never Stopped Growing” by Brady Dale at Obvserver.com Amazon movie nominated for Best Picture Oscar “Amazon to close Kindle ‘Write On’ author community, pulling the plug on story lab” by Todd Bishop at GeekWire - January 26, 2017 Tech Tip Knotes Kindle clippings manager Interview with Patience Clevenger and Mark Roberts Evelyn’s Lighthouse by Patience Clevenger and Mark Roberts Split Rock Lighthouse American Girl dolls and books Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery The Black Stallion by Walter Farley Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen United States Lighthouse Society Out of My Mind by Karen M. Draper Wonder by R. J. Palacio Mark Roberts’s interview of me in March, 2013 My interview of Mark Roberts in January, 2014 Resources Mark Roberts used for Evelyn’s Lighthouse: cover by Rick Holland, Kindle formatting by Rachel Greene Next Week’s Show Darlene, her sister Deb and I will head to Sanibel Island next, so you will probably be hearing the sounds of wildlife and quiet days looking for shells next week. Happy reading! Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads! You can follow along on  our Florida sojourn via my travel essays at Medium and photos at Instagram. I am also posting the occasional 360 video at Periscope. Enjoy![...]


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TKC 442 Aboard the Silver Meteor

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:14:23 +0000

Our supper aboard the Silver Meteor en route to Kissimmee, Florida

News

“How Netflix Lost Big to Amazon in India” by Abhishek Madhaven at Backchannel - January 12, 2017

Tech Tip

“Is Amazon’s Newest 5% Credit Card Worth the Hype?” by Nick Clements at Forbes - January 13, 2017

Interview with Kindle Owner Robert Millonig (Starts at 17:51 and ends at 27:35)

The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution 1763-1789 by Robert Middlekauf

 

Next Week’s Guests

Mark Roberts and Patience Clevenger, co-authors of Eveylyn’s Lighthouse

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TKC 441 Paul Slavin

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 03:05:47 +0000

CEO of Open Road Integrated Media Interview starts at 14:22 and ends at 41:41   Links for Interview with Paul Slavin: Open Road Integrated Media website Paul Slavin’s 2016 year-end letter to employees Early Bird Books newsletter BookBub BookGorilla Upstairs at the White House by J. B. West Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T. J. Stiles The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll Selected Poems of Ezra Pound   Next Week’s Show I plan to record the next TKC episode aboard Amtrak’s Silver Meteor from Penn Station in New York City to Kissimmee, Florida. If I am able to upload 360 videos from the train you will see them at Periscope.tv/lenedgerly. Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads!  [...]


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TKC 440 Will Schwalbe

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 05:57:03 +0000

Author of Books for Living Interview starts at 19:07 and ends at 43:15 "One of the reasons I come back to Lin Yutang is a marvelous story he tells, in 1937, about being in the most famous tea house in China. And the tourists there are so busy taking photographs of themselves drinking tea that they don’t enjoy the tea. And I thought to myself, ‘We blame too much on the machines.’ Constant connectivity is our fault. It’s not the fault of the little items we hold in our hands. And it’s been a problem—distraction and impatience have been with us since the dawn of time. So my first thing is to blame myself and not the machine. News “How Alexa Won CES” (video) by Geoffrey A. Fowler at The Wall Street Journal - January 6, 2017 “Amazon’s Alexa is everywhere at CES 2017” by Jacob Kastrenakes at The Verge - January 6, 2017 LG press release on Smart Instaview refrigerator - January 4, 2017 “Mattel’s $300 Echo clone will read your children bedtime stories” by James Vincent at The Verge - January 3, 2017 “Lynx Robot is Alexa’s best disguise at CES 2017” by Andrew Gebhart at CNET - January 5, 2017 “Get Ready, Your Robotic Roomate is Moving in” by Aki Ito at Bloomberg - January 6, 2016 “Murder Suspect’s Amazon Echo device could help solve the case” by Chris Graham at The Telegraph - December 28, 2016 “Bentonville PD Says Man Strangled, Drowned Former Georgia Officer” at 5News - February 23, 2016 “Police ask: “Alexa, did you witness a murder?” by Sean Gallagher at Ars Technica - December 28, 2016 Bentonville Police search warrants in Bates case Amazon Books page at Amazon.com Tech Tip ereaderiq.com Interview with Will Schwalbe Books for Living by Will Schwalbe “The Need to Read” by Will Schwalbe at The Wall Street Journal - November 25, 2016 (Behind a paywall; try Googling “The Need to Read by Will Schwalbe”) Wonder by R. J. Palacio The Importance of Living by Lin Yutang “Cabdriver’s Book Club” by Ryder Ziebarth at The New York Times - March 11, 2013 The Golden Age: A Novel by Joan London Three Lives & Company bookstore in New York City Patenting the Sun: Polio and the Salk Vaccine by Jane E. Smith (not available on Kindle) Watership Down: A Novel by Richard Adams The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo “Lessons on How to Live, in 26 Books” by A. J. Jacobs at The New York Times - December 23, 2016 Next Week’s Guest Paul Slavin, CEO of Open Road Integrated Media Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD. Please Join the Kindle Chro[...]


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TKC 439 Darlene's 2016 Tech Review

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 01:38:21 +0000

My Wife Darlene, Claire and a new quilt  Interview ‪starts at 12:28 and ends at44:58 "What’s great about Audible is you still get to hear a story. You’re not reading it, but you’re still getting a story. And for me sometimes when I get stuck on stuff in my studio, it’s just keeping me in the room long enough to get past it. And Audible does that." News “Alexa Devices Top Amazon Best-Seller List This Holiday - Millions of Alexa Devices Sold Worldwide” - press release December 27, 2016 “Amazon Has ‘Best Ever’ Holiday” at Forbes - December 27, 2016 “Not Everyone Shops on Amazon. Who Knew?” at WSJ What’s News podcast - December 30, 2016 “Amazon workers sleep in tents near firm’s Scottish depot to avoid travel costs” by Tom Mendelsohn at Ars Technica - December 12, 2016 “Here’s How Amazon is Flexing Its Muscle in Air Cargo” by Reuters at Fortune - December 23, 2016 “Amazon looks to the sky to store products” by Reuters at Yahoo Finance - December 29, 2016 “As We Leave More Digital Tracks, Amazon Echo Factors in Murder Investigation” at NPR - December 28, 2016 “Can Alexa help solve a murder? Police think so—but Amazon won’t give up her data.” by Amy B. Wang at The Washington Post - December 28, 2016   Interview with My Wife Darlene “Is the Kindle Oasis Really Worth It?” - My YouTube review of the Oasis featuring “The Wife Test,” Darlene’s first impressions - April 27, 2016 Audible Web page of Darlene’s quilting teacher, Susan Carlson Amazon Echo and Dot Pentatonix “These Ford Cars Will Soon Be Able to Talk to Amazon’s Alexa” by Reuters at Fortune.com - October 3, 2016 Spire breath tracker Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.  Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads!  [...]


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TKC 438 Matthew Rubery

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 03:24:09 +0000

Author of The Untold Story of the Talking Book Interview ‪starts at 12:44 and ends at 32:05 “There’s often a false division between audiobook listeners and print book readers, because in my experience the two are almost always the same. They’re people like me who just love reading and want to do as much of it as possible, and audiobooks are a way to do that."  News Jeff Bezos interviewed by Walter Isaacson at The Aspen Institute (YouTube) - October, 2016  “There’s a great new way to reuse your old Amazon shipping boxes” by Kif Leswing at Business Insider - September 23, 2016 “Give Your Amazon Box New Life” at Amazon.com GiveBackBox.com Amazon Echo, Dot, and Tap “Amazon bets big on Las Vegas, rolling out nearly 5,000 Echo unites to hotel rooms” by Teena Maddox at TechRepublic - December 16, 2016 “Voice is the Next Big Platform, and Alexa Will Own It” by Jessi Hempel at Backchannel - December 19, 2016 Tech Tip Audible Channels available on Fire tablets Fire TV software updates Interview with Matthew Rubery The Untold Story of The Talking Book by Matthew Rubery Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX) “Audiobooks were set to destroy books—but instead, they opened a new world” by Kevin Canfield at The Washington Post - December 8, 2016 Content Link to free audible audiobook of Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime (US only) Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.  Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads! [...]


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TKC 437 Richard Hollick

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:38:47 +0000

Author of the Making Book blog  Interview ‪starts at 14:03 and ends at 44:31 "The idea that Barnes & Noble can make it by sort of becoming a small specialist, cozy bookstore is kind of delusional. It’s a big organization!" News Amazon Prime Air Jeff Bezos’s tweet announcing first Prime Air delivery - December 14, 2016 Jeremy Clarkson Prime Air video - November, 2015 Amazon White Papers on recommended drone access policy and revised air space model WSJ Tech News Briefing podcast on Prime Air  More coverage of Prime Air at Wired, BBC, PC Magazine, and ABC BBC http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38320067 Tech Tip To have Alexa play this podcast, say “Alexa, on Tune-in Radio, play The Kindle Chronicles podcast.” You might also try this: “Alexa, sing O Christmas Tree” “Amazon Fire TV Interface gets a makeover with new 5.2.4.0 firmware” by Alejandro at htpc Beginner - December 2, 2016 Software update 5.8.7 for Kindle Oasis Good deals on Kindle covers via TKC listener Marc:   Inateck Kindle Cases Starting from $6.59 + Free Shipping via Slickdeals Hot Deals Forum   Inateck Online via Amazon is discounting the following cases:   Kindle Paperwhite Microfibril PU Leather Case [amazon.com] code: KPCOFF40   Mint Green $6.59  Pink $7.19  Blue $7.19  Black $7.79   Kindle Paperwhite Premium PU Leather Case [amazon.com] Now $8.39 code: KPLOFF44   Brown Blue Red    Kindle Voyage Premium PU Leather Case [amazon.com] Now $7 code: KVLOFF56 Interview with Richard Hollick Making Book blog A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R. R. Martin Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei (with More Ways) by Eliot Weinberger “Dylan’s Nobel” at Making Book - December 13, 2016 “Bob Dylan: The Music Travels, the Poetry Stays Home” by Tim Parks at The New York Review of Books - October 16, 2016 The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone - available on Kindle at $15.99 for pre-order with delivery ‪January 31, 2017 “B&N’s Misunderstanding” at Making Book - November 16, 2016 Medium.com “Google Deletes Artist’s Blog: He Has No Backup, and Only Himself to Blame” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader - July 14, 2016 Call Recorder for FaceTime Note on Last Week’s Bluehost outage Next Week’s Guest Matthew Rubery, author of The Untold Story of the Talking Book, published last month by Harvard University Press. Click here for the Audible version. Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz [...]


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TKC 436 Bryan Hudson

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 04:27:01 +0000

Senior Pastor of New Covenant Church, Indianapolis Interview ‪starts at 7:20 and ends at 33:36 I think it’s a matter of accepting the change that God has provided with these tools, learning how to use the tools. For example, we could try to tell people, “Well, don’t go to the movies.” Well, they’re going to the movies. Teach them how to go to movies. With social media and all the rest, I believe we need to just focus on making it useful, making it fruitful, trying to remove distraction. In other words, let’s not throw it out because some people abuse it. Let’s be disciplined with it. Let’s have purpose for it. Let’s use it in a way that is productive. So I believe that rather than complain about it, let’s harness it like one may harness a wild horse. Break the horse, you know? Learn to ride it! Let’s ride this, and let’s make the best use of it. News AmazonGo introduction video - December 5, 2016 A look back - Amazon Unveils Futuristic Plan: Delivery by Drone at CBS - December 1, 2013 “Can You Buy a Grain of Salt at Amazon Go?” by Ryan Mac at Forbes - December 5, 2016 “Amazon Working on Several Grocery-Store Formats, Could Open More than 2,000 Locations” by Laura Stevens and Khadeeja Safdar at The Wall Street Journal (paywall)- December 5, 20126 “Amazon’s ‘Just Walk Out’ Technology Isn’t Revolutionary” (video) - James Corden on the Late Late Show December 7, 2016 “From Fire House to School Halls, Mark Bezos Advocates Volunteering” by Ryan Deffenbaugh at WAG Magazine - December 1, 2016 Mark Bezos’s TED talk - March 2011   Interview with Pastor Bryan Hudson Herron School of Art + Design  New Covenant Church’s 2016 Kenya Mission video Books by Bryan Hudson including Romans Road: Inspiration & Insights from the Book of Romans  Media consulting and production: http://visioncomsolutions.com New Covenant Church: http://www.newcovenant.org Vision Books and Media. My publishing company: http://www.visionbooksmedia.com Firm Foundation Conversations: http://www.firmfoundationtv.net Multimedia in Focus media camp: http://www.visionmultimedia.org Lightning Source by Ingram   Content Audible offers Invisible Man free till December 31 - a message from Audible founder Don Katz   Next Week’s Guest Richard Hollick, author of the Making Book blog Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.  Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads! If you would like to read my posts at Medium on[...]


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TKC 435 Cynthia Manson

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:51:23 +0000

Head of Cynthia Manson Literary Agency Interview ‪starts at 14:30 and ends at 41:06 "The trick is that if you have an author that is struggling to find that audience, to find that readership--Alan [Russell] is a perfect example, because he always got wonderful reviews, is a fantastic writer, still has a great relationship with his former editor at St. Martins, but there was always a struggle to find that readership. Amazon [Publishing] was able to do that through their own algorithms and their own customized ways of doing e-mails and finding those readers. I do think it’s just a different technique. Probably authors like Lee Child wouldn’t necessarily benefit from that, because we know that Lee Child is a major bestseller with Random House. He knows who his readers are." News “Reducing Friction on Mobile,” a Manifesto 2016 talk by Kintan Brahmbhatt, Director of Prodcut & Program Management for Amazon Prime Music” (video) - April 8, 2016 “Amazon Plans Premium Alexa Speaker With Large Screen” by Mark Gurman at Bloomberg - November 29, 2016 “Amazon Wants Alexa to Take Control of Your Smart Home” by Greg Bensinger at The Wall Street Journal - May 17, 2016 “Alexa, Tell Me Where You’re Going Next” by Steven Levy at Backchannel - November 30, 2016 Amazon press release on holiday shopping weekend record - November 29, 2016 Tech Tip Check here for all Kindle and Fire software updates Software Update 5.8.7 for Kindle Oasis (8th Generation), Kindle (8th Generation), Kindle (7th Generation), Kindle Voyage (7th Generation), and Kindle Paperwhite (7th Generation), Paperwhite (6th Generation) “Kindles finally get all-text bold” by David Rothman at TeleRead - December 1, 2016 Interview with Cynthia Manson Sterling Lord  Books by Naomi Novik Kindle Direct Publishing Thomas & Mercer books at Amazon.com Arctic Fire by Stephen Frey Red Cell (3 Book Series) by Stephen Frey Books by Alan Russell Books by Robert Masello Content Aubrey/Maturin Novels (21 Book Series) by Patrick O’Brien, beginning with Master and Commander -  $199.27 on Kindle Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brien - $1.99 on Kindle Comments “Author Ian McEwan: ‘Very few novels earn their length’” by Keith Perry at The Telegraph - September 1, 2014 Next Week’s Guest Bryan Hudson, senior pastor of New Covenant Church in Indianapolis Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.  Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at[...]


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TKC 434 Amazon's Seira Wilson

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:41:22 +0000

Senior Books Editor at Amazon.com Interview ‪starts at 12:41 and ends at 43:35 "[The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis] is one that I personally wanted to see as high on the list as possible. It’s a fictional story set in a post-apocalyptic world. It’s as if we’re living again in the Old West, so there’s vigilante justice, there are small pockets of people living in the wilderness. Searching for gold is kind of back in the day-to-day play, and people are heading north. This young girl, whose parents had taken off to go and search for gold themselves, is taken in by this man who she later finds out is not at all who she thinks he is. So she goes on the run from him in search of her parents. She has this amazing voice. We have been calling her a female Huckleberry Finn. It’s just that kind of a story and a narration where you just fall in love with her immediately. You want to keep reading and re-reading." News “What the Big 5’s Financial Reports Reveal About the State of Traditional Book Publishing” by Thad McIlroy at BookBusiness - August 5, 2016 “Publishing in the Pacific Northwest: Amazon Becomes a Publishing Force” by Anisse Gross at BookBusiness - November 18, 2016 “Amazon in Talks with Simon & Schuster - Acquisition?” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader - July 15, 2016 “Amazon’s Next Frontier: Live Sports?” at WSJ Free For All Podcast with Jason Gay “Amazon has big plans to expand its online tickets business” by Jason Del Rey at ReCode - November 22, 2016 “ How Jeff Bezos Used ‘The New York Times’ Expose to Make Amazon Better” by Justin Bariso at Inc - November 16, 2016 Tech Tip “Control Neato’s robot vacuum with Amazon Alexa voice commands” by Sean Buckley at Engadget - November 22, 2016 Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet with improved keyboard entry - Black Friday sale price is $30 off at $60.   Interview with Seira Wilson Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling and Newt Scamander (Kindle pre-order, to be delivered on March 14, 2017) Amazon editors’ picks for Best Books of 2016 The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead “Colson Whitehead Wins National Book Award for ‘The Underground Railroad’” by Alexandra Alter at The New York Times - November 17, 2016 The Wolf Road: A Novel by Beth Lewis Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance The Nix: A Novel by Nathan Hill Pumpkin Flowers: A Soldier’s Story by Matti Friedman Mincemeat: The Education of an Italian Chef by Leonardo Lucarelli The Undoing Project: [...]


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TKC 433 Laura Hazard Owen

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 04:25:48 +0000

Deputy Editor, Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard  Interview ‪starts at 16:02 and ends at 40:51 "I think it’s become very clear that there’s going to be a devoted subset of people who do read on eReaders, and there’s going to be a lot more reading on phones." News “Amazon App for iPhone Now Has X-Ray Vision to See Inside Your Packages” by Andy Orin at Lifehacker - November 16, 2016 “Alexa, What Are Your Deals?” - Amazon press release on November 18, 2016 The Grand Tour one-day deal on Amazon Prime - November 18, 2018. “Amazon Starts Selling Certified Refurbished Kindle e-Readers” by Michael Kozlowski at Good E-Reader - November 15, 2016 Certified Refurbished items at Amazon.com “Amazon looks to clean house—literally” by Angel Gonzalez at The Seattle Times - November 7, 2016 “Jeff Bezos Invests Billions to Make Amazon a Top E-Commerce Player in India” by Newley Purnell at The Wall Street Journal - November 18, 2016 “Amazon is going to sell cars online” by Eugene Kim at Business Insider - November 18, 2016 New Amazon Prime TV commercial featuring a priest and an imam “Amazon TV ad features imam and vicar exchanging gifts” by Mark Sweney at The Guardian - November 15, 2016 “Jeff Bezos tweets his love for touching Amazon ad showing friendship between priest and imam” by Kurt Schlosser at GeekWire - November 17, 2016 Tech Tip Two mistakes to avoid with Amazon Prime Fresh Interview with Laura Hazard Owen Nieman Foundation at Harvard Nieman Journalism Lab The Nieman Fellowships Amazon Prime Reading Six months free of digital access to The Washington Post for Amazon Prime members New York Times podcasts New York Times The Daily 360 virtual reality news clips VR experience of solitary confinement by The Guardian I’ll Be Right Back Laura Hazard Owen’s parenting newsletter Publishing Trends “Why We Are Buying PaidContent” by Om Malik - February 8, 2012 Om Malik on Leo Laporte’s This Week in Tech - November 8, 2015 Substitute: Going to School with a Thousand Kids by Nicholson Baker Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance Content Amazon editors pick The Best Books of 2016 “Amazon rolls out Rapids, a chat style reading app for kids” by Sarah Buhr at Techcrunch - November 2, 1016 Amazon Rapids Next Week’s Guest Seira Wilson, senior books editor at Amazon.com Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Tran[...]


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TKC 432 World Circumnavigator Eric Loss

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 04:37:49 +0000

Captain of Sea Dragon, Author of Loss at Sea: A Solo Circumnavigation Interview ‪starts at 13:19 and ends at 36:18 "It’s less difficult than it will seem at times. There will be hard points, but as long as you can power through those or endure through those, you just have to keep going." News “Donald Trump threatens Amazon as payback for Washington Post articles he doesn’t like” by Matthew Yglesias at Vox - May 13, 2016 “The Donald, documented: The Washington Post open-sources much of its Trump reporting” by Joshua Benton at Nieman Lab - August 30, 2016 Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher “Amazon’s Stock May Be Suffering from the Trump Effect” by Jaewon Kang at The Street - November 10, 2016 “Amazon Announces Black Friday Deals on Echo, Fire Tablets, Kindle Paperwhite and Fire TV Stick” by David Carnoy at CNET - November 10, 2016 “Amazon to Reimburse Customers for In-App Purchases by Kids, Judge Says” by the Associated Press at The Wall Street Journal -  November 10, 2016 (Behind paywall; try copying the headline and pasting it into a Google search to see full story.) Interview with Eric Loss Pangaea Exploration Sea Dragon The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery Loss at Sea: A Solo Circumnavigation by Eric Loss Sweetland: A Novel by Michael Crummey Content “Amazon Prime Reading Comes to the US Kindle App” at MacStories - November 9, 2016 Next Week’s Guest Laura Hazard Owen, deputy editor at Nieman Lab Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.  Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads!  [...]


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TKC 431 Earplay CEO Jonathan Myers

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 00:47:38 +0000

Executive Team at Earplay 

Interview ‪starts at 10:28 and ends at 44:37

 Left to right: Dave Grossman, Chief Creative Officer; Bruno Batarelo, Chief Technology Officer; and Jonathan Myers, Chief Executive Officer

 

News

Charlie Rose interview of Jeff Bezos (video) - October 27, 2016

 

Interview with Jonathan Myers

Earplay site

Western Dramatic Literature: A Micro-Anthology by Jonathan Myers & Jennifer Bean

Codename Cygnus

Blackstone audiobooks

Audible

Codename Cygnus Kickstarter campaign

"Virtual Worlds Invite Visitors Into the Story" by Chris Suellentrop at The New York Times - November 23, 2014

“Earplay: An Interactive, Audio-Only Storyteller, Made Even Better by Alexa” by Zoey Collier at Amazon’s developer site - November 3, 2016

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TKC 430 Author Robert Masello

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 03:20:44 +0000

Author of The Jekyll Revelation published by Amazon Publishing’s 47North Imprint   Interview ‪starts at 10:00 and ends at 43:22 "I used to joke around that I could walk up to a table at any bookstore, and any book that wasn’t published by the major houses—I could smell it a mile away. There was something wrong about the typography. The cover was somehow cheap looking. I didn’t feel quite right. The margins weren’t right when you looked at the text inside, that sort of thing. They have corrected that now. And The Jekyll Revelation, which they just recently sent me a box of is an absolutely beautiful book that I am proud to put on my shelves. The cover art is spectacular. It wraps around from the front all the way to the back. It’s indistinguishable from anybody else’s books. In fact, in many ways its better."   News Earplay skill on Alexa “Earplay: Alexa Hosts a Transformative New Way to Tell Stories” by Len Edgerly at Medium - October 28, 2016 Earplay website Eastgate Systems, creator of the Storyspace hypertext tool   Tech Tip Prime Photos   Interview with Robert Masello The Jekyll Revelation by Robert Masello The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Dracula by Bram Stoker Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley The Romanov Cross: A Novel by Robert Masello The Medusa Amulet: A Novel of Suspense and Adventure by Robert Masello Blood and Ice by Robert Masello   Content New York Times 2016 Bestseller List at the Kindle Store   Next Week’s Guest Jonathan Myers, co-founder and chief executive officer of Earplay. A tool for sharing Kindle Chronicles episodes: Overcast.fm Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.  Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads!  [...]


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TKC 429 Bufo Calvin

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:40:37 +0000

Bufo Calvin is the creator of the I Love My Kindle blog and The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip Interview starts at 9:49 and ends at 36:45  "If you want to watch 'Devil Girl from Mars' you can go and watch it on this site. What’s happening so far is that I’m having a great time with it. I’m adding stuff to it. Virtually no one else ever goes there. I kind of feel like I’m up in my attic, and I put all these things on the wall and that’s great and I’m sort of obsessed with the idea of that. But nobody is ever coming up the ladder into the attic at this point." News “Amazon Japan introduces ‘Manga Model’ Kindle Paperwhite with eight times more storage” at The Verge - October 18, 2016 Amazon press release in Japanese announcing “Manga Model” Kindle Paperwhite - October 18, 2016 Kindle Paperwhite "Amazon Music Unlimited” at The Lefsetz Newsletter - October 10, 2016 “Music Streaming Showdown: Amazon Music Unlimited vs. Spotify” by Alex Fitzpatrick at Time - October 18, 2016 “Apple lawsuit says 90 percent of ‘official’ chargers sold on Amazon are fake” by James Vincent at The Verge - October 20, 2016 “Amazon could be a lot bigger than we think” by Elizabeth Weise at USA Today - October 20, 2016   Interview with Bufo Calvin I Love My Kindle blog The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project     TMCGTT links mentioned: H. P. Lovecraft, Devil Girl from Mars, Night of the Living Dead directed by George Romero, Piers Anthony, Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence, Strange Worlds comic debut on November 1, 1950, Batman radio show on September 5, 1950, Amazon Prime Reading Kindle Unlimited One Murder More by Kris Calvin   Content Ken Gunther’s list of free eBook sources: www.freebooksy.com has an amazing collection of free books. I am on their mailing list and every day get an email with links to free books available from Amazon. You can filter your list and only get notified about books available in your favorite genres (science fiction, legal thriller, etc)  www.bookbub.com - every day I get an email from the folks at Bookbub with a list of books available for free, 99 cents and $1.99. The above sites apparently carefully monitor amazon.com and when Amazon is having a free book promotion I get notified by email. I also use ebook.bike - This site used to be called TUEBL.ca which is an acronym for The Ultimate E-Book Library. You need to go to the web site and c[...]


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TKC 428 Tina Pohlman

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 03:52:53 +0000

EVP and Publisher, Open Road Integrated Media Interview ‪starts at 15:33 and ends at 43:28 "We are not an agency publisher. So we don’t have any control over the consumer price. We set the digital list price, and we don’t have control over the consumer price. And Amazon is free to discount it to whatever price they want. And I would also point out that we are very aggressive in the number of and the frequency of which we promote our books in price promotions." News “Amazon Music Unlimited versus Prime Music: What’s the Difference?” by Jeff Gamet at The Mac Observer - October 12, 2016 Amazon press release on Music Unlimited service - October 12, 2016 “Amazon to Expand Grocery Business With New Convenience Stores” by Greg Bensinger and Laura Stevens at The Wall Street Journal - October 12, 2016 “If Amazon is really opening brick-and-mortar grocery stores, it’s a big deal” by Sarah Halzack at The Washington Post - October 11, 2016 Wall Street Journal Tech News Briefing podcast - October 13, 2016 Tech Tip “New! Collection management comes to MYCD (Manage Your Content and Devices)” by Bufo Calvin at I Love My Kindle - October 13, 2016 Interview with Tina Pohlman Open Road Integrated Media The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell: My Family and Other Animals (Book 1), Birds, Beasts, and Relatives (Book 2), and The Garden of the Gods (Book 3) The Durrells in Corfu Season 1 on PBS Masterpiece The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell Click here to sign up for the Open Road Early Bird Books email list Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street by John Brooks The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara Wittgenstein’s Mistress by David Markson with Afterword by David Foster Wallace Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) by Viet Thanh Nguyen Content “PBS’s ‘Durells in Corfu’ gets its glow from the Greek Island” by Matthew Gilbert at The Boston Globe - October 13, 2016 “‘The Durrells in Corfu’ Review: An Island of Charm” by John Anderson at The Wall Street Journal - October 13, 2016 Next Week’s Guest Bufo Calvin, creator of the I Love My Kindle blog Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public[...]


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TKC 427 Chris Brogan

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 01:18:11 +0000

Author of Find Your Own Voice  Interview ‪starts at 16:18 and ends at 42:39 "I don’t think books are going to evolve, because I think other things are there to take that slack up. And I think that’s okay. The one thing I can tell you is I have a lot of print books in my life, even though I read mostly digital now. Every time I have a print book I always want to be clicking a link or something. I always want to be grabbing some text and dropping it into Evernote. There are a lot of moments where the technology of paper is frustrating to me. And yet, I write on paper every day. I have a paper notebook beside me at all times every day, and I like getting a physical book. I have the new David Eggers, and it’s beautiful. It looks beautiful. It smells nice, and there’s nothing like that. I don’t know. I don’t think the future of books is as cool as we thought it might be. There’s no jet pack." News Up to $50 off Kindle eReaders - limited time offer for Prime members “Amazon Prime Reading gives members even more e-books” by Ben Fox Rubin at CNET - October 5, 2016 “Amazon introduces Prime Reading…and hits a sweet spot for many customers” by Bufo Calvin at I Love My Kindle “Amazon’s Alexa group is on a massive hiring spree” by Jason Del Rey at Recode - October 1, 2016 Tech Tip IFTTT recipes for Amazon Alexa Interview with Chris Brogan Find Your Writing Voice: How to write more like your amazing self, for books, blog posts, and email by Chris Brogan Essential Zen Habits by Leo Babauta Trust Agents and The Impact Equation, by Chris Brogan and Julian Smith Canva free book covers Pressbooks The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and Word Dominators by Chris Brogan (2014) Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade by Robert Cialdini How to Live a Good Life by Jonathan Fields The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know by Shawn Coyne with introduction by Steven Pressfield Assassin’s Creed videogames Heroes of the Frontier by David Eggers Next Week’s Guest Tina Pohlman, executive vice president and publisher at Open Road Integrated Media, which is releasing The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell on October 11, 2016 Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit[...]


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TKC 426 Andrew Richard Albanese

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 03:14:13 +0000

Senior Writer and Features Editor at Publishers Weekly Interview ‪starts at 12:44 and ends at 32:05 "The fact that we have rapidly declining eBook sales from major publishers and that we see for two years running now in the Pew surveys that eBook readership is not growing is stunning, considering the vast offerings that are now available in digital format. I just hope that the publishers haven’t, if not killed then wounded their golden reader, which is a reader that will read on any device, and certainly the data show they will read print and eBooks, toggle from one to the other. They’ll buy more books, they’ll check out more books. I think as reading becomes more pressured by other media, to hold back your power readers like that can’t be considered a wise strategy any more."  News Amazon introduces all-new Fire TV Stick (press release) - September 28, 2016 “Amazon’s Fire TV Stick gets a smart upgrade to work with Alexa” by Amelia Heathman at Wired - September 29, 2016 All-new Fire TV stick at Amazon.com Fire TV Variety review of Woody Allen’s Amazon comedy “Crisis in Six Scenes” - September 29, 2016. “Crisis in Six Scenes” at Amazon Prime instant video “Introducing the Alexa Prize” (press release) September 29, 2016 Twitch Prime Guide  Tech Tip All-new Fire HD 8 Interview with Andrew Richard Albanese “Print or Digital, It’s Reading That Matters” by Andrew Richard Albanese at Publishers Weekly - September 16, 2016 “Book Reading 2016” Pew Research Center study - September 1, 2016 Author Earnings Wattpad The Frankfurt Book Fair October 1-23, 2016 Next Week’s Guest Chris Brogan, author of Finding Your Writing Voice: How to write more like your amazing self, for books, blog posts, and email Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.  Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads!  [...]


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TKC 425 James McQuivey

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:41:12 +0000

Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research  Interview ‪starts at 14:34 and ends at 44:17 "It’ll happen in the cloud, and it will get propagated out to eight, 10, 15, 20 million households that will have the more rudimentary voice enabled [Alexa device], and then suddenly it will become like magic. Suddenly that device, that Trojan horse that Amazon has gotten into your home, will suddenly unleash itself and become a truly intelligent agent. Is that a year away? At least, but we’re going to start having the feeling that there’s a real person there pretty soon. There are already people who feel that way today." News “Print or Digital, It’s Reading that Matters” by Andrew Richard Albanese at Publishers Weekly - September 16, 2016 BookRiot podcast Episode 174 - September 12, 2016 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz “Amazon isn’t just online—it’s opening a real bookstore in Dedham” by Curt Woodward at The Boston Globe - September 19, 2016 “Amazon Says It Puts Customers First. But Its Pricing Algorithm Doesn’t” by Julia Angwin and Surya Mattu at ProPublica - September 20, 2016 Amazon statement related to ProPublica story and statement issued after the story was published The New Yorker Radio Hour Episode 48 (Jeff Bezos reference ‪at 11:40) Transparent on Amazon Video Kindle for Kids bundle Interview with James McQuivey “Quick Take: Amazon Extends Its Lead By Taking Alexa Intelligent Agent Global” at Forrester - September 14, 2016 “Print or Digital, It’s Reading That Matters” By Andrew Richard Albanese at Publishers Weekly - September 16, 2016 All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation)  Amazon Echo “I’ve Got a Rant in Me” - Episode 174 of the BookRiot podcast Content Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World by Deirdre N. McCloskey Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World by Deirdre N. McCloskey Blog Nation list of book review blogs Next Week’s Guest Andrew Richard Albanese, author of “Print or Digital, It’s Reading that Matters” at Publishers Weekly Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.  Please Join the Kin[...]


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TKC 424 John Biglow

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 02:34:45 +0000

Rowing medalist, challenged reader trying a Kindle Interview ‪starts ‪at 14:43 and ends at 42:48 I remember walking home from third grade and throwing a workbook away, it was a book that I had made out of paper and was keeping notes in. I threw it in the bushes, because my teacher said, “You’re supposed to take this home and get your parents to sign off on your assignments, that you’ve done them all.” I threw it away, and I said I’d lost it. because I didn’t want to show that I’d not done the reading, because I hated it so much. I just didn’t like it. I can do the reading; I just don’t like it. And I still have that feeling today.   News “Amazon Alexa, Echo, and the All-New Echo Dot Coming to the UK” - press release September 14, 2016 Amazon Echo - Wikipedia “The Best thing about Amazon’s $50 Echo Dot? It’s available to all” by Devindra Hardawar at Engadget - September 14, 2016 “Brief: The Future of Voice Control Goes Far Beyond Dictation” by James McQuivey with David M. Cooperstein, Alexandra Hayes at Forrester Research - April 14, 2014 “Alexa—turn on my local Heart radio station” by Roy Martin at Radio Today Industry News  “Amazon Books opens in San Diego” by Jennifer Van Grove at The San Diego Union-Tribune - September 14, 2016 Kobo Aura One “Amazon Prime tunes into Audible” by Ben Fox Rubin at CNET = September 13, 2016   Tech Tip More specs on the next generation Fire HD 8 tablet   Interview with John Biglow Craftsbury Sculling Center Mind over Water: Lessons on Life from the Art of Rowing by Craig Lambert (published in September, 1999) The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel ‪James Brown Head of the Charles Regatta The Amateurs: The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest for an Olympic Gold Medal by David Halberstam My Brilliant Friend by Elana Ferrante FULL audio books for everyone channel at YouTube Kindle Oasis OpenDyslexic font Kindle ($80) at Amazon.com My interview with Temple Grandin in TKC 196 - April 30, 2012      Video - Part 1      Video - Part 2 Shadow Work: The Unpaid, Unseen Jobs That Fill Your Day by Craig Lambert  Craig Lambert on TKC 354 - May 2015   Comments Kindle Paperwhite handmade in India at Snapdeal, Flipkart and Shopclues Kindle Oasis [...]


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TKC 423 Nicholson Baker

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 00:03:16 +0000

Author of Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids   Interview starts at 8:44 and ends at 41:26 The thing that really hit me was, this is compulsory. None of these kids have a choice. Whatever the cutoff age is, they have a choice, but all of those earlier years they cannot just decide, “I don’t want to go to school today” unless they had a very understanding set of parents or something. They have to go. And they have to get up really early. Often they’re on a bus for an hour, and then all day long they’re being told what to do. And some of what they’re learning, especially in elementary school, is very valuable—reading, for instance, and arithmetic—really, really valuable things to know on this planet. Other things are often really a waste of time. That feeling of its being both an incredibly long day and a day in which a lot of it feels kind of futile—it’s kind of a terrifying combination when you look at it from the kid’s point of view. (Photo by Elias Baker)   News Amazon announces an all-new Fire HD 8 for $90 with longer battery life, more storage, faster performance and Alexa Fire HD 8 press release - September 8, 2016 Interview with Nicholson Baker Nicholson Baker’s author page at Amazon.com Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids by Nicholson Baker Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl Minecraft   Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.    Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads! [...]


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TKC 422 Chris Schluep

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 03:59:38 +0000

Senior Editor, ‪Amazon.com Books  Interview starts ‪at 17:14 and ends at 44:11 "I’ve heard it said that summer’s a great time for summer reading, but it’s also a great time to sit down with that one nonfiction book that you want to take the time to read. Maybe it’s transitioning a little bit, but fall is definitely the big time to sell books. That’s when everybody gears up and starts scheduling their huge books." News “Now Arriving on the New York Subway: Free E-Books, Timed for Your Commute” by James Barron at The New York Times - August 28, 2016 “Book Reading 2016” report by Pew Research Center - September 1, 2016 “No, the Internet Has Not Killed the Printed Book. Most People Still Prefer Them.” by Daniel Victor at The New York Times - September 2, 2016 “Pew: Print Books Still More Popular Than EBooks and Audiobooks” by Daniel Berkowitz at Digital Book World - September 1, 2016 “Visiting Wroclaw Amazon. Warehouse, work and work culture” by Robert Drozd - September 1, 2016 Kobo Aura One “New Omate Rise smartwatch comes with Amazon Alexa” by Edgar Cervantes at Android Authority - September 1, 2016 Omate Rise Smartwatch with Alexa at Indiegogo Tech Tip Moko Case for Kindle Oasis - $12.99 WizFun Case for Kindle Oasis - $9.99 Interview with Chris Schluep Amazon Author Pages for Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, and China Miéville The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster by Bobby Henderson Flying Spaghetti Monster Car Emblem Seconds: A Graphic Novel by Bryan Lee O'Malley Everything I Never Told You: A Novel by Celeste Ng The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen - available for pre-order with delivery ‪September 27, 2016 The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer - available for pre-order with delivery ‪November 8, 2016 Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks - available for pre-order with delivery ‪October 4, 2016 A Torch Against the Night and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir  Here I Am: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer - available for pre-order with delivery ‪September 6, 2016 Moonglow: A Novel by Michael Chabon - available for pre-order with delivery ‪November 22, 2016 The Whistler by John Grisham - available for pre-order with delivery ‪October 25, 2016 Bloom County Epis[...]


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TKC 421 Chad W. Post

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 03:45:36 +0000

Publisher of Open Letter Books  Interview starts at 15:15 and ends at 43:30 Amazon[Crossing] is filling in some of these gaps, because we haven’t for a long time seen the normal mystery book that someone picks up in Spain and reads when they go on their vacation. That’s never been translated into English, because it didn’t seem like it would make a ton of money for one of the big presses, and the small presses are looking for something that’s more patently literary. Amazon’s taken up a lot of those kind of books, which is really fascinating and fills in a wide range of what the aesthetic is in these different countries.    News “Amazon plans to open a Chicago bookstore in Lakeview” by Lauren Zumbach at The Chicago Tribune - August 25, 2016 Kindle Reading Fund Worldreader.org Amazon Worldreader video at YouTube - August 24, 2016 “Denver Public Library is Lending Wifi Hotspots” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader - August 20, 2016 “Amazon Starts Car Research and Review Site” at Associated Press - August 25, 2016 Amazon press release on Amazon Vehicles - August 25, 2016 Amazon jobs listing for Sr. Product Mgr, US Books   Interview with Chad Post Open Letter Books, the University of Rochester’s nonprofit, literary translation press Amazon author page for Julio Cortazar Hopscotch: A Novel by Julio Cortazar Dalkey Archive Press Amazon author page for Raymond Queneau Quail Ridge Books Rage by Zygmunt Miloszewski The Complete Review and The Literary Saloon run by Michael Orthofer The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction by M. A. Orthofer Scott Esposito’s blog, Conversational Reading 2016 Best Translated Book Awards sponsored by the Amazon Literary Partnership AmazonCrossing books Nowhere to Be Found by Bae Suah, translated by Sora Kim-Russell Hugo House, a place for writers Words Without Borders The Lannan Foundation New Books by Open Letter:    Gesell Dome by Guillermo Saccomanno    A Greater Music by Bae Suah (to be released October 11, 2016)    Chronicle of the Murdered House by Lucio Cardoso (to be released December 13, 2016) Content “How to Read 50 Books a Year, in 7 Easy Steps” by Stephen Altrogge at Zapier - August 23, 2016   Next Week’s Guest Chris Schluep, [...]


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TKC 420 Jessica Tripler on Romance

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:21:39 +0000

BookRiot contributor who writes about romance novels  Interview starts at 10:59 and ends at 42:21 We’re sort of worshipping at the temple of love, the same way that religion can help us make sense of human experience and help us to feel there's good in the world—there's a structure that is bending towards the good. Romance can impart that feeling and help you feel like you're participating in the goodness of the fabric of the world. And I think that’s a real draw. News “Mysterious ‘Project X’ points to Amazon drive-up grocery store in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood” by Nat Levy and Todd Bishop at GeekWire - August 19, 2016. Amazon Fresh “Reinventing the Work-Life Ratio for Tech Talent” event scheduled by Amazon in Seattle for August 25. “Amazon experiments with tech teams consisting entirely of part-time employees, with full benefits” by Monica Nickelsburg at GeekWire - August 17, 2016 “Amazon Plans to Produce Virtual Reality Originals, Job Offer Reveals” by Janko Roettgers at Variety - August 18, 2016 Amazon Studios job listing for VR Experience Development Executive Next-generation Gear VR headset at Samsung   Tech Tip An item from Steve in Hawaii related to Kindle Owners Lending Library   Interview with Jessica Tripler “Why Romance Readers Love Digital Books” by Jessica Tripler at BookRiot - August 11, 2016 Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James Romance Writers of America A Natural History of the Romance Novel by Pamela Regis Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Novels by Molly O'Keefe The Bechdel Test Novels by Courtney Milan “Romancing the Data” presentation by AuthorEarnings analyst Data Guy at Romance Writers of America - July 15, 2016 Happily Ever After: the Romance Story in Popular Culture by Catherine M. Roach Novels by Nora Roberts Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James Novels by Beverly Jenkins Novels by Farrah Rochon   Content Goodreads All Time Favorite Romance Novels Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James   Next Week’s Guest Chad Post, head of the University of Rochester’s Open Letter press and a champion of literature in translation.   Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This[...]


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TKC 419 Sara Nelson

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:50:19 +0000

VP & Executive Editor, HarperCollins Publishers   Interview starts at 18:58 and ends at 43:28   There are a lot of very serious readers at Amazon, and honestly I think that that’s something that is not understood. They don’t all work on the editorial team vetting books for Best of the Month, but we did and I assume they still are using a lot of readers from the rest of the company who are not technically on the editorial team but who are passionate about reading and who read a lot. There were some really wonderful readers and reviewers that we cherry-picked from around the company. Book love is very much alive at Amazon.   News Om Malik on This Week in Tech - August 7, 2016 Wal-Mart press release on purchase of Jet.com - August 8, 2016 Om Malik’s web site “The best reason for reading? Book lovers live longer, scientists say” by Amy Ellis Nutt at The Washington Post - August 9, 2016   Tech Tip Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Kindle Unlimited   Interview with Sara Nelson “Sara Nelson Heading to HarperCollins” by Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly - June 28, 2016 HarperCollins press release announcing Sara Nelson’s hiring - June 28, 2016 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance Commonwealth: A Novel by Ann Patchet - available for pre-order with delivery September 13, 2016 Moonglow: A Novel by Michael Chabon - available for pre-order with delivery November 22, 2016 Behold the Dreamers: A Novel by Imbolo MBUE - available for pre-order with delivery August 23, 2013   Content The Phil Hendrie Show YouTube video of Phil Hendrie recording his podcast - February 10, 2015 The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead   Next Week’s Guest Jessica Tripler, author of “Why Romance Readers Love Digital Books” at BookRiot - August 11, 2011   Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.    Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads! [...]


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TKC 418 AmazonCrossing's Gabriella Page-Fort

Sat, 06 Aug 2016 02:20:15 +0000

Senior Editor, AmazonCrossing   Interview starts at 17:02 and ends at 38:04 [Ayse Kulin] is one of many distinguished voices from diverse cultures that we’ve had the pleasure of publishing, and I think she’s actually a really great example of what it is that we’re trying to do here at AmazonCrossing   News “Amazon Resumes Selling Amazon’s Gadgets Four Years After Rift” by Shannon Pettypiece at Bloomberg - August 4, 2016 “Amazon to test drone delivery in partnership with UK government” by Nicky Woolf and Samuel Gibbs at The Guardian - July 25, 2016 Dromida Kodo drone Amazon Prime Air (YouTube video) - December 1, 2013 “Amazon’s ‘Prime Air’ Cargo Plane is Ready to Deliver Your Packages” at NBC - August 5, 2016 “See Amazon’s Massive New ‘Prime Air’ Cargo Jet Plane” at Time - August 5, 2016 “Amazon’s latest weapon in the e-commerce wars: Its own air force” by Sarah Halzack at The Washington Post - August 5, 2016 Holy Stone RC dump truck  at Amazon.com   Tech Tips Kindle Unlimited audiobooks “7 Ways to Take Full Advantage of Your Kindle” by Joel Lee at MakeUseOf.com - August 4, 2016   Interview with Gabriella Page-Fort “How Amazon came to dominate fiction in translation” by Alison Flood at The Guardian - December 9, 2015 Love in Exile by Ayse Kulin, translated into English by Kenneth Dakan      Other books translated from Turkish into English by Kenneth Dakan Last Train to Istanbul: A Novel by Ayse Kulin, translated into English by John W. Baker Books by Louise Erdrich Escape by Perihan Magden, translated by Kenneth Dakan Ali and Ramazan by Perihan Magden, translated by Ruth Whitehouse Farewell: A Mansion in Occupied Istanbul by Ayse Kulin, translated into English by Kenneth Dakan   Content Rage by Zygmunt Miloszewski, translated into English by Antonia Lloyd-Jones and available for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription Vellum - a Mac app for formatting eBooks “Vellum Review: App offers a sleeker way to build ebooks” by Serenity Caldwell at Macworld - January 8, 2014 “Last Call for Summer Reading: 9 Books You’ll Kick Yourself for Not Picking Up” by Adrian Liang at Amazo[...]


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TKC 417 Jeff Bezos

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 01:21:22 +0000

Founder and CEO of Amazon.com   Interview starts at 12:44 and ends at 32:05   Only when I read a truly great novel do I feel that I have lived an alternate life that might actually teach me some lessons, so that I don’t have to learn them myself. My favorite book is Remains of the Day. When I read Remains of the Day I feel like I understand extreme life regret in a way that I hopefully will never experience in my own life—I don’t want to. You get to live somebody else’s life, and it’s very hard to get that emotional closeness, I think, from any other media type, still. So I think there is a place for great books and will continue to be, hopefully forever.    My interview with Jeff Bezos on July 26, 2016 at Amazon.com in Seattle Kindle Kindle Oasis Kindle Direct Publishing Kindle Unlimited Amazon Books Seattle store information page My interview with Jane Friedman, chairman of Open Road Media - June 24, 2016 The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro Samsung Gear 360 camera My interview with Donald Katz, founder and CEO of Audible - October 24, 2014 Jeff Bezos on The Kindle Chronicles 4th anniversary show - July 26, 2012   Other Links Amazon free-banana stand Amazon Whispercast Amazon Books store in Seattle   Next Week’s Guest Gabriella Page-Fort, content acquisitions manager at AmazonCrossing. She will relay answers to my emailed questions from Turkish novelist Ayse Kulin, author of Love in Exile.   Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.    Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 416 Mike Shatzkin

Sat, 23 Jul 2016 03:56:49 +0000

Founder and CEO of the Idea Logical Company   Interview starts at 8:05 and ends at 34:24   I think it’s possible that we’re going to wake up and say we just had another black-swan event, which is that all of the big authors that have been developed over the last five years, a big share of them are Amazon authors, because they had the runway to do that, and publishers didn’t.   News “Bezos Tops Buffet as World’s Third-Richest on Amazon Rise” by Tom Metcalf at Bloomberg - July 21, 2016 Mark Mahaney on Amazon earnings (video) at Bloomberg - July 20, 2016 Amazon earnings webcast details for July 28, 2016 at 5:30 pm ET Jeff Bezos in next Star Trek movie   Tech Tip Using Time to Read on Your Kindle at The Story   Interview with Mike Shatzkin The Shatzkin Files blog Author Earnings “These Charts Show Pokémon Go’s Ridiculous Growth” by Anne VanderMey at Fortune - July 21, 2016 Pokémon Go home page Leonard Shatzkin obituary - American Booksellers Association May 20, 2002   Content Kindle Singles Classics press release - July 19, 2016 “Amazon is bringing some of the best non-fiction classics to Kindle” by Nick Statt at The Verge - July 19, 2016 Julian Fellows's recommendations for Downton Abbey lovers Comments Overdrive apps for Android and iOS Tom Semple’s LG Tone Infinim HBS-900 Wireless Stereo Headset - $71.86 at Amazon.com   Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.    Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 415 with OverDrive's David Burleigh

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:58:07 +0000

Director of Marketing and Communication at OverDrive, Inc.  Interview starts at 15:18 and ends at 44:22 I’m happy to report that all of the Big Five publishers have made their titles available for library lending in eBook format. They’ve all been already in for their audiobook format. It's been a couple of years now that they’ve made their decision to add their titles on the front list, mid-list and back list available to libraries. So that’s great news for readers. You’ll see all the New York Times bestsellers and all the different popular lists of titles that you should be able to find in your library. News “Amazon’s Prime Day is the Biggest Day Ever” - Amazon press release July 13, 2016 “Behind the Scenes of Prime Day 2016” (video) Holy Stone RC Dump Truck Remote Control Car for my grandson Jake “The 2016 Kindle is Complete Crap as an Accessible eReader” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader - July 10, 2016 "The ‘Big Change’ era in trade book publishing ended about four years ago” by Mike Shatzkin at The Shatzkin Files - July 11, 2016 Tech Tip Denver Public Library Interview with David Burleigh OverDrive web site Big Library Read A Murder in Time: A Novel (Kendra Donovan Mysteries) by Julie McElwain Next Week’s Guest Mike Shatzkin, founder and CEO of the Idea Logical Company and author of a recent, highly informative blog post titled “The ‘Big Change’ era in trade book publishing ended about four years ago." Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.  Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads!  [...]


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TKC 414 Amazon's Mike Torres on Page Flip

Sat, 09 Jul 2016 02:51:04 +0000

Director, Product Management - Amazon Kindle  Interview starts at 18:09 and ends at 43:26 The biggest technical challenge I would say is creating a seamless Page Flip reading experience across all of our platforms. Page Flip is available on eReaders, on Fire tablets, as well as the Kindle app for iOS and Android. Across those different experiences, we wanted to make sure that things like the performance, things like the fluidity, how it worked and how it behaved—all of those things were both tailored for the experience on the platform that it’s on, but it also felt natural, it felt simple, and it felt automatic.  News The new $80 Kindle at Amazon.com The Kindle Oasis “Alexa, What are Your Prime Day Deals” (press release) Amazon Prime Day is July 12, starting at midnight PT! Meghan’s profile at amazon.jobs  “Amazon Prime Day should be much bigger this year than it was last year” by Tonya Garcia at MarketWatch - July 8, 2016 Tech Tip The new Export Notes feature Page Flip Interview with Mike Torres Amazon’s leadership principles Word Wise on Kindle Mike Torres’s Refocuser blog Getting Things Done by David Allen Todoist app “Kindles Can Now Send Notes and Highlights Directly to Your Email” at The eBook Reader - July 3, 2016 The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly Content Rage by Zygmunt Miloszewski (A Kindle First selection from Amazon Publishing) “Audible Makes Some Noise” w/ Andrew Albanese at Beyond the Book podcast - July 8, 2016 Audible Channels Next Week’s Guest David Burleigh, director of marketing at OverDrive Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.  Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads!  [...]


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TKC 413 My Father and Grandson Talk Kindle

Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:54:42 +0000

My Father and Grandson   Interview starts at 23:32 and ends at 44:30   News Amazon Inspire press release - June 27, 2016 “Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Educators” by Natasha Singer at The New York Times - June 27, 2016 “Amazon Inspire Removes Some Content Over Copyright Issues” by Natasha Singer at The New York Times - June 29, 2016 “Good News at The Washington Post” by Christopher Payne at New York Magazine - June 28, 2016 Amazon Dash Buttons press release - June 28, 2016 Amazon Prime Day - July 12, 2016   Tech Tip Page Flip, the reimagined Kindle navigation tool   Interview with my father and my grandson Click here to order a Kindle cover with a photo The Boxcar Children Mysteries by Gertrude Chandler Warner – various prices for Kindle Books by Will James Two Little Savages by Ernest Thompson Seton Minecraft Books by Horatio Alger   Next Week’s Guest Mike Torres, Amazon’s director of product management for the Kindle, who will talk about Page Flip.   Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.    Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads! [...]


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TKC 413 Jane Friedman of Open Road Media

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 02:23:33 +0000

Co-Founder, Chairman and Executive Publisher of Open Road Integrated Media   Interview starts at 15:17 and ends at 44:11 I do not think that the world of print survived and now will thrive at the expense of eBooks. I think eBooks will coexist with print, which I think is the best of all possible worlds. And I think that at the right price the revenue that one can receive from eBooks will be pretty substantial.   News “Smaller, lighter $80 Kindle unveiled with rounder edges—plus new Export Notes software update” by Len Edgerly at TeleRead - June 22, 2016 All-New Kindle in white or black with or without special offers (the link includes my Amazon Associates code and will provide a commission to support the podcast if you use it—thanks!) “Apple E-book Refunds to Begin June 21” by Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly - June 20, 2016 “Himalayan delivery by bike for Amazon man” at Hemmel Today - June 17, 2016   Tech Tip What’s Your Kindle Worth?   Interview with Jane Friedman “Slavin Named CEO of Open Road; Friedman Becomes Chairman” by Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly - May 31, 2016 Open Road press release announcing new CEO - May 31, 2016 Alan Sillitoe’s books at Open Road Pearl Buck’s books at Open Road Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead Goerge Pat Conroy books at Open Road Homeland on Prime Instant Video The Affair (Showtime) Open Road’s The Lineup site   Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.    Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads! [...]


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TKC 411 BookBub, Kids Books & Trump at BEA

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:58:05 +0000

Director of Business Development at BookBub   Interview starts at 5:64 and ends at 16:18   BookBub definitely got off the ground with self-published authors. They’re often the first people in the industry to experiment with a new marketing channel, and they were much more comfortable discounting their books four years ago than a lot of traditional publishers were. Over the course of the past four years we’ve started working with all the major publishers, and we’ve gotten to the point where it’s fifty-fifty. We’ve actually maintained that breakdown for a while now, and we’re very comfortable with it.   News “Amazon’s Third Bookstore Will Be in Portland” by Leena Rao at Fortune - June 15, 2016   Interviews at BookExpo America   Katie Donelan, Director of Business Development at BookBub (5:64 to 16:18)      “Introducing BookBub New Release Alerts” at BookBub blog - January 4, 2016      BookGorilla   David Hemphill, publisher of Coralstone Press (16:54 to 24:26)      The Good Dog by Todd Kessler, illustrated by Jennifer Gray Olsen      Blue’s Clues on Nikolodeon (Amazon Prime Instant Video)   Christina York, co-founder and CEO of Spellbound (24:46 to 29:26)      “Spellbound uses augmented reality to turn children’s books into digital pop-up books” by Chris Meadows at TeleRead - May 12, 2016   Scott Dikkers, founder of The Onion (29:27 to 39:53)      Trump’s America: The Complete Loser’s Guide by Scott Dikkers - available in Kindle, paperback, and audio formats      The Comedy Insider Podcast, a serious conversation about comedy - hosted by Scott Dikkers (See Episode 13 for the Andy Borowitz interview)      Micro Publishing Media   Tech Tip “Kindle firmware v5.8.1: It’s all about dots and sharing” by Chris Meadows at TeleRead - June 16, 2016   Content Buzz Books 2016 (free) “Five Curious Ways to Find New Books to Read” by Mihir Patkar at MakeUseOf - June 14, 2016   Next Week[...]


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TKC 410 Peter Hudson of Shelfie

Sat, 11 Jun 2016 01:46:22 +0000

Co-Founder and CEO of Shelfie.com   Interview starts at 12:44 and ends at 32:05 We needed to find a metaphor, an analogy for the playlist or the inbound link when it came to books. What we found is that bookshelves are an incredibly good signal.   News 1999 Jeff Bezos speech at Association of American Publishers meeting (YouTube) “Watch Jeff Bezos Lay Out His Grand Vision for Amazon’s Future Dominance in This 1999 Video” by Jason del Rey at Recode - November 22, 2015   Tech Tip Software version 5.1.4 updates for Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10 and Fire “New Fire OS 5.1.4 Update Adds eBooks to SD Card and ‘On Deck’” at The eBook Reader - May 25, 2016 “Amazon Fire updates to Fire OS 5.1.4 - many changes?” by Paul St John Mackintosh at TeleRead - June 5, 2016   Interview with Peter Hudson Shelfie  My interview with Peter Hudson in December, 2014 The Fireman and The Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill Shelfie by Bitlit Crunchbase listing “BitLit Helps You Get E-Book Versions of the Physical Books You Already Own” by Frederic Lardinois at TechCrunch - May 22, 2014   Content Daily Beast story on Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump by Harry Hurt III, described as “Trump’s most hated biographer” - June 7, 2015   Next Week’s Show: More from BookExpo America in Chicago     Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.    Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads! [...]


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TKC 409 Chang Kim on Bite-Sized Content

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 04:47:09 +0000

CEO of Tapas Media   Interview starts at 19:22 and ends at 43:40   I believe that for publishing, even though Kindle is capturing a lot of the mobile market, I think there are still innovations to be made. In terms of marketplace players out there who have fundamentally thought about the whole thing from mobile specifically, I don’t think there’s a lot yet.    News Walt Mossberg interviews Jeff Bezos at Recode’s Code Conference 2016 (full video and a separate audio link) - May 31, 2016 “Amazon’s $290 e-reader misfire: A hands-on review of the new Kindle Oasis” by Michael Hiltzik at The Los Angeles Times - May 31, 2016 Fire HD 10 tablet - now available in Silver Aluminum and 64 GB models   Interview with Chang Kim Tapastic Tapas Media Crunchbase listing Tapas App on iOS and Android Candy Crush Clash of Clans Game of War   Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.    Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads! [...]


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TKC 408 BookExpo America w/ Scott Turow, Jon Fine et al

Sat, 28 May 2016 01:49:50 +0000

Audio recorded at BookExpo America in Chicago and related links: Jon Malinowski (2:00-4:25), president of The Combined Book Exhibit, creator of the Book Fair Buddy app on iOS and Android platforms.      Pubmatch.com “Authorship in the Digital Age” panel moderated by Jon Fine (14:24-21:13), former Director of Author and Publishing Relations at Amazon “At Chicago’s BEA-Lite: A Meaningful Discussion on Publishers and Authors” by Porter Anderson at Publishing Perspectives - May 13, 2016 Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow (10:17-12:46)    Barbara Freethy (8:40-10:00)   A. Konrath(12:55-13:57).    Scott Turow interview (21:24-31:02)     “BookExpo America panel: Digital Authorship” by Chris Meadows at TeleRead - May 12, 2016     “Scott Turow: Amazon uses ‘unfair tactics’ in e-book market” by Shoshana Davis at CBS News - October 16, 2013     A Taste of Generation Yum: How the Millennial Generation’s Love for Organic Fare, Celebrity Chefs and Microbrews Will Make or Break the Future of Food by Eve Turow     “Why Are Millennials So Obsessed With Food?” by Joe Pinsker at The Atlantic - August 14, 2015 Morgan Entrekin (34:15-41:40), president and publisher, Grove Atlantic “Amazon: Business as Usual?” forum at New York Public Library in 2014 with Morgan Entrekin as one of the panelists (video) 6.Morgan Entrekin, president and publisher, Grove Atlantic Donald J. Trump? (43:36 - 44:58) Trump’s America: The Complete Loser’s Guide by Scott Dikers, founding editor of The Onion   Next Week’s Guest: Chang Kim, CEO at Tapastic, creator of the Tapas app for iOS and Android   Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.    Please Join the Kindle Chronicles [...]


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TKC 407 Marty Baron Interviews Jeff Bezos

Fri, 20 May 2016 03:15:48 +0000

Jeff Bezos: We need to take The Washington Post from being a great local paper, which was a very successful strategy for decades, and transform it into a great national and global paper. We have the capability to do that, and as we do that we’re going to change the revenue structure. We’ve historically made a relatively large amount of money per reader on a relatively small number of readers. We need instead to make a relatively small amount of money per reader on a much larger number of readers. If you are studying the news business, the Internet has been a disaster for traditional news companies for the most part, because it takes a lot of things away. There are a lot of anti-gifts the Internet brought to the traditional news business. But it does bring one huge gift. You have to maximize your usage of that new gift, which is that it provides almost free global distribution. We could have hundreds of millions of readers and make very little money and have an amazing institution. And I’m happy to fund that until we get there.   Note: For this week’s show, I am bringing you extensive excerpts from a Jeff Bezos interview conducted by Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, on May 18, 2016 at an event named Transformers. I have interspersed the clips with my comments on the interview, which I thought was extremely well done and revealing.  Here are some links to coverage of the interview.   “‘Not an appropriate way for a presidential candidate to behave’: Bezos fires back at Donald Trump” by Paul Farhi at The Washington Post - May 18, 2016   Next Week Show Interviews and observations from Book Expo America in Chicago   Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive" CD by Publi[...]


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TKC 406 Amazon's Peter Korn on Accessibility

Fri, 13 May 2016 12:30:47 +0000

Accessibility Architect at Amazon’s Lab126   Interview starts at 9:45 and ends at 39:50   We continually evaluate ways we can make reading on the Kindle more enjoyable, more comfortable, more accessible. This led us to create the Bookerly font. This led us to include the open-source OpenDyslexic font. So we continue to evaluate and bring innovations to our customers.      News “Amazon borrows from YouTube script, opens marketplace to video creators” by Angel Gonzalez at The Seattle Times - May 10, 2016 “Google’s Answer to Amazon’s Echo is code-named ‘Chirp’ and is landing soon” by Marg Bergen at The Verge - May 11, 2016 “Forget Amazon’s Echo: Lexi lets you speak to Alexa through your phone” by MIX at TheNextWeb - May 6, 2016 “Move Over Lexi - Roger Puts Amazon Alexa in Your iPhone for Free” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader - May 12, 2016 Free Roger app for iOS “Goodreads launches free e-book giveaway promotions for $119 fee” by Chris Meadows at TeleRead - May 6, 2016   Tech Tip Audible’s new Send This Book feature Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (Audible) - email me at PodChronicles AT gmail DOT com if you’d like me to send you a free copy of this audiobook, using Audible’s new Send This Book Book Feature   Interview with Peter Korn Amazon’s guide to VoiceView Kindle Paperwhite blind and visually impaired readers bundle My Coverage of VoiceView at TeleRead and The Kindle Chronicles - May 10, 2016   Content Trump’s America: The Complete Loser’s Guide by Scott Dikkers   Next Week’s Show Interviews and observations from Book Expo America in Chicago My BEA Liveblog posts on Goodreads author tips and Rethinking the Standard Author Contract   Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This [...]


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TKC 405 Paul St John Macintosh

Sat, 07 May 2016 00:12:33 +0000

Author, Poet and Associate Editor of TeleRead   Interview starts at 22:08 and ends at 43:10   This [Kindle Oasis] basically gives Amazon its BMW or its Mercedes Benz, which is a pretty powerful draw for the entire range. It has produced a very fine, high-end E Ink eBook reader which caters very well to really serious readers.   News Amazon’s First Quarter earnings report - April 28, 2016 Motley Fool Money podcast on Amazon earnings - April 29, 2016 (Thanks to David Enzel for the link) "Amazon was profitable for four quarters in a row" by Jason Del Rey at re/code - April 28, 2016 “Jeff Bezos Sells $671 Million of Amazon Stock in Biggest Sale Ever” by Aaron Pressman at Forune.com - May 6, 2016 “Jeff Bezos to personally match up to $1M in donations to Mary’s Place homeless nonprofit” by Todd Bishop at GeekWire - May 2, 2016 “Mary’s Place receives $2 million thanks to matching donations from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos” by John Knicely at KIRO7 - May 4, 2016 Mary’s Place link for Amazon wish list “Video: Jeff Bezos at the White House promotes plan to hire 25,000 veterans and military spouses at Amazon” by Kurt Schlosser at GeekWire - May 5, 2016 Joining Forces web site   Tech Tip How I am using Amazon Tap   Interview with Paul St John Mackintosh Amazon Author’s Page and Facebook page Project Gutenberg The Musical Box of Wonders by Paul St John Mackintosh (paperback only) published by H. Harksen Producitons Following is the complete text of the poem recited by Paul St John Mackintosh at the end of the interview:      Mackintoshes   I’m writing this to tell my baby daughter —who took my pen to chew just now—about her rambunctious forebears, Papists or Dissenters, before they were Glasgow artists or inventors: nine hundred years of sanguinary glories, blood-f[...]


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TKC 404 James McQuivey

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:25:49 +0000

Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research   Interview starts at 12:00 and ends at 44:01   I’ve got to write this down in a way that helps people understand how this cycle works, where technology comes in and allows us to render scarcity irrelevant. And then what’s the business strategy to do this? And that’s where I point to people like Uber, Airbnb, Amazon—who are in the habit of saying, “How could we give people more for less?” Which is not the way traditional business was operating.   News Kindle Oasis at Amazon.com Check out $20 off deals on Kindle, Kindle for Kids Bundle, and Kindle Paperwhite! (Not sure how long they will last.) My 17-minute video review of Kindle Oasis, featuring Darlene’s comments in her quilting studio - April 27, 2016 Fintie Oasis cover story by Chris Meadows at TeleRead “Amazon in Talks to Create Virtual Reality Content” by Joan E. Solsman at The Wrap - April 26, 2016 “Amazon Studios May be gearing up to make its own original VR content” by Bryan Bishop at The Verge - April 26, 2016 Ricoh Theta M15 360 Degree camera Samsung Gear VR headset (requires Samsung smartphone) 360 YouTube video of Susan Carlson’s quilting class - April 25, 2016  “Susan Carlson: Quilting in the Key of Life” at lenedgerly.com - April 27, 2016 Samsung’s Gear 360 camera “Easier Reading? My $280 Oasis without bold or my 2013 Paperwhite with an all-bold file? See for yourself” by David Rothman at TeleRead - April 28, 2016   Interview with James McQuivey “Brief: Digital Winners Know That More is More” by James McQuivey with Oliwia Berdak, Michelle MOorehead, Anna Berman, and Diane Lynch (one-paragraph summary; full report costs $349)   Next Week’s Guest Paul St John Mackintosh, associate editor of T[...]


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TKC 403 Szymon Szott

Sat, 23 Apr 2016 05:31:05 +0000

Assistant Professor at AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow Poland   Interview starts at 20:15 and ends at 43:40   On the Kindle Oasis: "I remember the first eBook readers that were available in Poland cost about that much as well, seven to eight years ago. It’s quite a steep price, and I’ve read comments on Polish web sites that indeed it’s very expensive. I also think that it’s something that you first need to probably experience when you’ve had it in your hands, and I think that’s when you can really say if it’s worth the price."   News Kindle Oasis: Unlike Any Kindle You’ve Ever Held (If you order with this link, it will support the podcast with Amazon Associates commissions—thank you!) “When will your Kindle Oasis e-reader arrive? MAYBE not until September. My sympathy, Merlot fans” by David Rothman at TeleRead - April 21, 2016 This Week in Tech 558 with Leo Laporte & Friends - April 17, 2016 “Estimating Kindle E-Book Sales for Amazon” by Trefis Team at Forbes - April 2, 2016 “Dance With the One That Brought You” by Shania Twain (YouTube)       Lyrics at Google Play “Gold-plated $290 Amazon Kindle Oasis: Less screen contrast than $120 Paperwhite” by David Rothman at Teleread - April 15, 2016 “The Kindle Oasis: Amazon’s breakthrough in snark generation” by Bufo Calvin at I Love My Kindle -  “With Seattle Shelter Effort, Amazon Shows Glimmers of a ‘Good Neighbor’” by Kirk Johnson at The New York Times - April 21, 2016.  (Click here to donate items to Mary’s Place that will be shipped directly to the homeless shelter set up by Amazon near its new corporate offices in Seattle.) “Amazon Wins $30 Million Deal to Sell E-Books in NYC Schools” by Hi[...]


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TKC 402 Meet Me at the Kindle Oasis

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 03:31:57 +0000

Featuring Neil Lindsay, Amazon VP Devices and Chris Green, Amazon Lab 126 VP Industrial Design
 
This special episode of The Kindle Chronicles is all about the new Kindle Oasis, based on an embargoed preview of the device that I attended in New York City on April 7, 2016. The episode is divided into the following four parts:
  1. Meet the Oasis - product specs and first impressions. 2:14 to 8:4   (Note: In answer to Faith Eldridge's question, it turns out the Oasis does not have an adaptive light sensor. If that is an important capability, you may want to stick with the Kindle Voyage, which does have one.)
  2. Live from New York: It’s the Kindle Oasis briefing! 8:47 to 28:37
  3. Will Oasis be a Success? My thoughts. 28:40 to 32:06
  4. What’s next for the Kindle? 32:10 to 36:20
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TKC 401 Author Douglas Rushkoff

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 21:13:15 +0000

Author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity   Interview starts at 28:24 and ends at 42:21   The people who are throwing rocks at the Google bus, they’re on to something. The understand something. We should listen. And we can reconfigure, we can optimize, reprogram our economy to help everybody—That’s extremely optimistic. I put myself on the hopeful side of the equation right now.    Intro Elon Musk unveils Tesla Model 3 (YouTube) - March 31, 2016   News “Amazon Takes on PayPal with New Payments Program” at Fortune - April 4, 2016 “Was Horace and Pete” even Television?” by Ian Crouch at The New Yorker - April 6, 2016 “The next hot job in Silicon Valley is for poets” by Elizabeth Dwoskin at The Washington Post - April 7, 2016 “The inside story of how Amazon created Echo, the next billion-dollar business no one saw coming” by Eugene Kim at Business Insider - April 2, 2016  Jeff Bezos’s 2015 Letter to Shareholders (PDF) “Kids Are Practicing Their Reading Skills to Soothe Shy Shelter Dogs” by Anna Gragert at My Modern Met - February 24, 2016   Interview with Douglas Rushkoff at South By Southwest Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity Rushkoff at The Commonwealth Club   Content Horace and Pete 10 episodes by Louis C.K., available for purchase Summer Doorways: A Memoir by W. S. Merwin “Alexa, Good Morning!” (Try it yourself.)   Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive" CD by Public Transit Recordin[...]


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TKC 400 Anniversary Show with Darlene

Sat, 02 Apr 2016 03:08:26 +0000

The Kindle Chronicles’ first listener   Interview starts at 14:54 and ends at 43:13   I should have known that we’d be building our life around it like we have other things that you’ve done. I’ve gotten used to it. I should have known.   Intro Whill wheelchair site   News “Amazon is the ‘most reputable’ company in the US” by Julie Bort at Business Insider - March 29, 2016 Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown Echo Dot and Amazon Tap arrive!   Tech Tip An ethical question about borrowing eBooks from your library with OverDrive   Interview with Darlene TKC 1 with Baratunde Thurston TKC 208 with Jeff Bezos Darlene’s art quilts page   Next Week’s Guest Douglas Rushkoff, author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity - recorded at South by Southwest Interactive   Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.    Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads![...]


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TKC 399 Technically Literate's Janis Cooke Newman

Sat, 26 Mar 2016 04:21:30 +0000

  Editor-at-Large, CNET’s Technically Literate   Interview starts at 19:40 and ends at 43:30   We have a very different generation coming up who may relate to literature in a different way, because we have completely digital generations coming up. So I think those of us who present stories to the world have to be open to different ways to present them. And when we have a way to do it like we do in Technically Literate, that is an on-line way to do it, I think we always have to be thinking about pushing the boundary.    News “2016 Digital Book World Keynote Presentation” by Data Guy at Author Earnings - March 11, 2016 “Most everything you wanted to know about Data Guy: Revealed This Sunday in TeleRead” by David Rothman - March 25, 2016 Interview with Data Guy by Susan Lulgjuraj for TeleRead - will be live March 27, 2016 here. “Data Guy’s Web of Analysis: DBW Turns Hostility Into a Handshake” by Porter Anderson at Publishing Perspectives - March 10, 2016 “City re-introduces $30M Amazon contract for e-book marketplace” by Eliza Shapiro at Politico New York - March 22, 2016 “Banned by Amazon for returning faulty goods” by Miles Brignall at The Guardian March 18, 2016 “Return Too many items on Amazon? Will Amazon Ban your Account?” by Tuan Do at Techwalls - March 21, 2016 “Anonymous Rips Denver, Tattered Cover Over Homeless Policies, Threatens Doxing” by Michael Roberts  at Westword - March 21, 2016 “Why is Amazon So Weird?” by Daniel Berkowitz at Digital Book World - March 23, 2016   Tech Tip “Missed the Kindle update deadline? Here’s how to update manually” by Nico[...]


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TKC 398 Best South by Southwest Ever!

Sat, 19 Mar 2016 02:37:36 +0000

Start and End Times of Interviews at South by Southwest Interactive Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post (8:20 to 18:34) Scott Totman, head of digital product engineering at Capital One 22:16 to 31:30) Rob Holzer, founder and CEO of Matter Unlimited and executive producer of Inside Impact: East Africa Adrian Bell, co-founder and Executive Director of Action Impact in Dubai   Links to topics mentioned President Obama’s Keynote address at SXSW (Video) - March 11, 2016 Dewey Winburne Community Service Awards MEANS database to fight hunger in America http://www.theparentscircle.com/http://www.theparentscircle.com/ Inside Impact: East Africa, 360 Video film by Matter Unlimited for the Clinton Global Initiative Ricoh Theta S Digital Camera at Amazon.com Brené Brown, author of Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution. OpeneBooks.net Two TED talks by Brené Brown   Next Week’s Guests Janis Cooke Newman, Editor-at-Large, Technically Literate Douglas Rushkoff, author of  Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity   Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named "Well, You Needn't." This version is "Ra-Monk" by Eval Manigat on the "Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive" CD by Public Transit Recording" CD.    Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads! [...]


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TKC 397 Andrew Albanese on Apple Refund

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:39:44 +0000

Senior Writer, Publishers Weekly   Interview starts at 19:24 and ends at 33:23 I absolutely think it’s madness to continue to push for regulatory input into the eBook market. Look what it did for you last time. Let’s just let the lawyers go away now. We’ve all articulated what we think the problem is in the market. Publishers came together to put the agency model in place, and they perfectly articulated the reason why they believe the agency model should be in place. I think that there’s got to be business solutions at this point.    News “Supreme Court Rejects Apple’s Appeal” by Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly - March 7, 2016 “Supreme Court Declines to Hear Apple’s Appeal in E-Book Pricing Case” by Adam Liptak and Vindu Goel at The New York Times - March 7, 2016 Hagens Berman press release on Supreme Court decision - March 8, 2016 “Apple’s $400M E-Book Payout: How Much You’ll Get and When” by Jeff John Roberts at Fortune - March 8, 2016 Department of Justice press release on Apple case - March 7, 2016 “The Cost of Returning Encryption to Amazon Fire” (video) at BloombergBusiness - March 7, 2016 “Jeff Bezos Lifts Veil on his Rocket Company, Blue Origin” by Kenneth Chang - March 8, 2016 “Why Jeff Bezos is finally ready to talk about taking people to space” by Christian Davenport at The Washington Post - March 8, 2016 “The Echo from Amazon Brims with Groundbreaking Promise” by Farhad Manjoo at The New York Times - March 9, 2016 “B&N is Shutting Down One of Its Top Three Digital Blunders on March 15” by Nate [...]


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TKC 396 Translator K. E. Semmel

Fri, 04 Mar 2016 22:39:40 +0000

English Translator of Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold   Interview starts at 20:10 and ends at 41:14 I like the fact that I can tell an editor there [at AmazonCrossing] that this book is something that you should really look for, and they listen. And in this case, from start to finish, I suggested this book, and it became a reality and now I’m sitting with it right here on my desk.   News Amazon Tap - pre-order available at Amazon.com for $129.99, with delivery march 31, 2016 Echo Dot - Order from your Alexa or the Amazon app on your Android or iOS smartphone “Amazon Tap puts Alexa into a portable Bluetooth speaker” (with video demo) by Lauren Goode and Dieter Bohn at The Verge - March 3, 2016 “Amazon’s Echo Dot lets you put Alexa inside any speaker” by Lauren Good and Jacob Kastrenakes at The Verge - March 3, 2016 “Amazon’s smartphone flop was the best thing that happened to Alexa” by Lauren Goode at The Verge - March 3, 2016 “Amazon Fights for a bigger share of the AI Assistant Pie with Echo Dot and Amazon Tap” by Anthony Karcz at Forbes - March 3, 2016 “Amazon Introduces 2 Alexa Voice-Controlled Devices” by Farhad Manjoo at The New York Times - March 3, 2016 “Amazon’s Alexa will be able to control Nest and Honeywell thermostats this month” by Jacob Kastrenakes at The Verge - March 3, 2016 “Amazon, Federation of the Blind Reach Agreement on Accessibility” by Michele Molnar at Edweek - March 2, 2016 “Amazon Will Partner With Advocacy Group to Make Its E-Readers More Accessible to The Blind” by Ashley[...]


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TKC 395 Author David Denby

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 21:26:01 +0000

Author of Lit Up: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-four Books That Can Change Lives   Interview starts at 14:49 and ends at 42:07 You worry about the next generation of readers. Is literature going to survive? It seems to be surviving at the moment, but the iPhone has been around since 2007, and the way that digital culture has taken over in those nine years is staggering. Its’s much more comprehensive and thoroughgoing than anyone expected.   Intro The music of bluegrass legend Peter Rowan News “Apple Thinks It Can Win This Case at the Supreme Court” by Philip Elmer-DeWitt at Fortune - November 3, 2015 Apple’s Supreme Court Petition for a Writ of Certiorari (PDF) - October 28, 2015  “Apple’s $450 million e-books settlement gets final approval” by James Niccolai at PC World - November 22, 2016 “Scripps National Spelling Bee Announces Kindle as New Presenting Sponsor” - press release February 23, 2016 World’s Most Admired Companies in 2016 - Fortune   Tech Tip Dave Slusher podcast episode of Evil Genius Chronicles in which he loses his Kindle and shuts it down via Amazon (starts at 31:50) Amazon Fire TV Device Software Updates   Interview with David Denby Lit Up: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-four Books That Can Change Lives. by David Denby Snark: It’s Mean, It’s Personal, and It’s Ruining Our Conversation by David Denby “Do Teens Read Seriously Anymore?” by David Denby at The New Yorker - February 23, 2016  “A Champion of the Humanities: David D[...]


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TKC 394 Novelist Jesper Bugge Kold

Sat, 20 Feb 2016 05:25:37 +0000

Author of Winter Men   Interview starts at 9:42 and ends at 43:24   I was very scared that it was translated into German. I really wanted it to be translated but still scared, because it’s like their war. I come from another country with another perspective on the war and write about their war and their forefathers. But the reception has been overwhelming. I’ve seen some reviews where they write that every college student should read this book, to read about their past. It’s a lot of responsibility to put on me, but some wrote that they are better able to understand their grandfathers better because of this book. That’s quite amazing.   News Anonymous “Data Guy” of Author Earnings does hourlong video interview with Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing Podcast - February 16, 2016 Author Earnings website “Amazon Kindle sales up 200% in India” at The Times of India - February 19, 2016 “Kobo CEO faces uphill e-book battle against Apple, Amazon” at The Globe and Mail - February 19, 2016 Amazon press release on acquisition of new Woody Allen film - February 18, 2016   Tech Tip Guitar Tuna iPhone app   Interview with Jesper Bugge Kold Winter Men, available for pre-order with delivery March 1, 2016. English Translator: K. E. Semmel Jesper Bugge Kold’s author page at Amazon.com The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell Country in Past Tense by Jesper Bugge Kold - available for pre-order with delivery March 14, 2017. English translator: K.E. Semmel Content “[...]


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TKC 393 Len Vlahos

Sat, 13 Feb 2016 05:12:23 +0000

Chief Executive Officer of The Tattered Cover Book Stores   Interview starts at 10:03 and ends at 42:09   I think it would be interesting for independent booksellers to experiment with selling eBooks directly, because it’s become much less device-centric. Tablets have in some ways normalized that world, and the notion that someone could build an open-source eReader app and that we could have direct relationships with publishers and sell eBooks is something I think worth exploring down the road. But it’s not a part of our core business. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google do what they do really well. For us, we have limited resources and limited brainpower. I’d rather see us make our stores even better than focus a lot of energy on that.   News “Amazon exec to run digital efforts of Italy’s government” by Angel Gonzalez at The Seattle Times - February 10, 2016 Diego Piacentini featured on Amazon employee page “Working at Amazon” web site - includes signup for receiving email updates Amazon organization chart February 2016 Author Earnings Report “Digital Arachnid: What Does Author Earnings Say to the Industry?” by Porter Anderson - February 9, 2016 “My Bias (again)” by Hugh Howey - February 12, 2016 “Amazon’s bookstore buzz hits San Diego” at the Lost Angeles Times - February 11, 2016 Shelf Awareness “Amazon Books Roundup” - February 12, 2016 (scroll down to find it)   Tech Tip Amazon.com help page showing which Kin[...]


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TKC 392 Kindle Blogger Bufo Calvin

Sat, 06 Feb 2016 06:00:55 +0000

Creator of the I Love My Kindle Blog   Interview starts at 10:46 and ends at 44:02 If people were evolving away from reading long-form reading, we would not have series. But right now people will say, “Oh yes, that’s great. It’s a 200-page book, but I want a thousand pages about this character. So I think you can make an argument that people are more into long-form reading that they were in the past.   News “Mall CEO claims Amazon Books will open up to 400 physical storefronts” by Sam Machkovech at ars technica - February 2, 2016 “Amazon Plans Hundreds of Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores, Mall CEO Says” by Greg Bensinger at The Wall Street Journal - February 2, 2016 Business Insider photos of Amazon’s Seattle Book Store - February 3, 2016 “Unsubstantiated Rumor: Amazon to Open as Many as 400 Bookstores” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader - February 2, 2016 Woody Allen interview in May, 2015 in which he whines about Amazon deal   Tech Tip “Amazon’s Echo speaker can finally order you an Uber” at The Verge - February 5, 2016 “Amazon’s Kindle e-readers are getting a big software update soon” by Sam Byford at The Verge - February 3, 2016 5.7.2 Software update pages at Amazon.com for Kindle Voyage, Paperwhite (6th Generation), and Kindle “CBS Sports app for the Fire TV expected to be released this week in time for Super Bowl 50"   Interview with Bufo Calvin I Love My Kindle blog I Lov[...]


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TKC 391Morgan Parker

Sat, 30 Jan 2016 03:02:39 +0000

Editor of Amazon’s Little A imprint and Day One magazine   Interview starts at 18:03 and ends at 42:20   A lot of editors across Amazon Publishing kind of have their hands in Day One. Everyone’s really excited about it and dedicated to discovering these new voices and finding opportunities for new writers. (Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths)   News Amazon.com announces fourth quarter earnings (Press Release) - January 28, 2016 “Amazon Stock Plummets on Disappointing Q4 Results” by Jason Del Rey at re/code - January 28, 2016 “Amazon’s stock dives, but it’s because of a ‘good problem’” by Tracey Lien at The Los Angeles Times - January 29, 2016 “Amazon Prime is growing like crazy” by Jillian D’Onfro at Business Insider - January 25, 2016 “Amazon Prime Grew 35% in 2015” - report (PDF) by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners - January 25, 2016 “How Many Prime Members Does Amazon Have (And Why It Matters)” by Daniel B. Kline at The Motley Fool - January 26, 2016 TV commercials for #BaldwinBowl - Cheerleaders and Cheese Footballs “Get ready for Amazon’s third billion-dollar business: Echo” by Eugene Kim at Business Insider - January 27, 2016 “Amazon reportedly seeks a bigger hand in Android phone software” by Ron Amadeo at Ars Technica - January 25, 2016.   Tech Tip Duolingo app for Fire tablet and iPhone (free)   Interview with Morgan Parker Other Peo[...]


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TKC 390 Jane Friedman

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 22:01:05 +0000

Helping authors and publishers flourish in the digital age   Interview starts at 12:44 and ends at 32:05   This question has become a little bit of a litmus test in the writing and publishing community. It’s almost interesting to talk about how other people react very viscerally to Amazon as a good or bad influence or factor. I do consider myself mostly neutral. Nothing about it, I feel, is wholly good or bad. Mainly, it’s just brought about this enormous change. And for some the changes have been good, and for others they’ve been bad. For me personally, the change has been great.   News “The drone invasion now underway” (video) at CBS News - October 18, 2015 “Exclusive: Amazon Reveals Details About Its Crazy Drone Delivery Program” by David Pogue at Yahoo.com - January 18, 2016 “Kindle e-Books will have a warning message if they have spelling or bad formatting” by Michael Kozlowski at Good E-Reader - January 20, 2016 via The Passive Voice. “Is Amazon’s First Brick-and-Mortar Bookstore the Future of Retail?” by Pini Yakuel at Entrepreneur - January 18, 2016 “Seattle bookstores face new threat from Amazon: a brick-and-mortar location” by Julia Carrie Wong at The Guardian - January 21, 2016 “Amazon Expands its Smart Reordering Service” by Stacey Higginbotham at Fortune - January 19, 2016 “Your Printer Can Now Order Ink for You, Thanks to Am[...]


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TKC 389 Donna Foley Mabry

Sat, 16 Jan 2016 07:23:29 +0000

Author of Maude   Interview starts at 15:00 and ends at 44:33 I do have an agent who called me, and he’s representing Maude. She’s been translated into Italian, German, and Russian. He made the deal for the audiobook. He’s right now negotiating with a few more countries. Whatever Kindle and Amazon don’t cover as far as print copies, he will handle that for me. And hopefully some day a motion picture!   News “Amazon Prime Price Drops to $73 This Weekend” at Forbes - January 15, 2016 Prime Discount at Amazon.com “Mozart in the Jungle” at Amazon.com “Amazon to Release Portable Version of Echo Speaker in Coming Weeks” by Greg Bensinger at The Wall Street Journal - January 11, 2016 “Ford, Amazon working to connect cars to smart homes” by Autuan Goodwin at CNET - January 5, 2015 “First Click: Apple should echo Amazon with a Siri speaker” by Thomas Ricker at The Verge - January 14, 2016 Alexa - $179.99 at Amazon.com   Tech Tip IFTT recipe for setting temperature on a NEST thermostat with Alexa IFTT recipe for having Alexa help find your phone by calling it iOS Kindle update version 4.16     Interview with Donna Foley Mabry “How a Shy Former Avon Lady Became the Queen of Self-Publishing” by Katie McCollow at Newsweek - August 9, 2015 “How Donna Mabry Went from Seamstress to Best-Selling Author” by Miral Sat[...]


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