TKC 499 John Aga

Avid reader, longtime listener

Interview starts at 12:45 and ends at 43:20

“My ideal Kindle would have real buttons and would have audio support, so that you could do immersion reading along with just straight reading.”

News

“Amazon plans to open as many as six more cashierless Amazon Go stores this year” by Jason Del Rey at Recode – February 22, 2018

“Prime Members Now Earn 5% Back When Shopping At Whole Foods Market Using the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card” – press release February 20, 2018

Amazon Rewards Visa Signature Card

“This board game is powered by Amazon Alexa” by Monica Chin at Mashable – February 19, 2018

Sensible Object

“ENCORE: When data rules the world” interview with Yuval Noah Harari on the Financial Times Tech Tonic podcast – replayed on February 21, 2018

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari

Tech Tip

Click here for the latest software updates for Kindle and other Amazon devices

Content (Books mentioned by John Aga in the interview)

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, illustrated by Jules Feiffer

Freddy the Pig series (Wikipedia)

Freddy the Detective by Walter R. Brooks

Books by Robert Heinlein including his Juveniles Series

Starship Troopers and Tunnel in the Sky by Robert Heinlein

The Hardy Boys Starter Set (5 Volumes) by Franklin W. Dixon

Gabriel Allon Series by Daniel Silva

The Liberation Trilogy Box Set by Rick Atkinson

The Train to Crystal City: FDR’s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America’s Only Family Internment Camp During World War II by Jan Jarboe Russell (Audible version)

We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Film by Noah Isenberg (Audible version)

OverDrive

cloudLibrary by bibliotheca

RBdigital

RBdigital  and OverDrive at Amazon app store

Our Guest for Next Week’s 500th Episode:

Kevin Keith, Amazon’s General Manager Fire Tablets; Amazon Echo & Alexa Product Marketing

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TKC 498 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Denver

Len Edgerly, left, and Felix Lloyd at ALA Exhibit Hall

Carmela Orsini of Novel Effect (5:08 to 13:22)

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

The Little Shop of Monsters by R. L. Stine

Paul Knopf, chief architect at GFA Technology (13:27 to 21:40)

Felix Lloyd, cofounder and CEO of Beanstack (21:44 to 30:53)

Harvard (MA) Public Library

David Burleigh, director of brand marketing and and communication at OverDrive (30:57 to 40:23)

Overdrive’s Libby app

Pete Schreiner, Libraries Fellow at North Caroline State University in Raleigh (40:27 to 42:25)

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TKC 497 My Father William and Grandson James

Avid book lovers and Kindle readers 

Interview starts at 17:43 and ends at 42:24

“I’ve been writing a realistic fictional narrative for my class as an assignment. There are certain phrases in [Kindle] books that have been highlighted 300 times or a thousand times. I try to make my phrases be like those phrases, because I’ve gotten to know what are the powerful phrases that people are going to highlight.” (James, age 11)

News

Amazon press release announcing Prime Now delivery from Whole Foods – February 8, 2018

“Amazon Finally Gets Serious About Whole Foods” by Phil Lempert at Forbes – February 8, 2018

“Amazon Prime to offer two-hour Whole Foods delivery” by The Associated Press at New York Post – February 8, 2018

“Amazon looks to put bookstore in Cherry Creek” by Thomas Gounley at BusinessDen – February 5, 2018

The Hermitage Bookshop in Denver

“Amazon to Launch Delivery Service That Would Vie With FedEx, UPS” by Laura Stevens at The Wall Street Journal – February 9, 2018

“Amazon passes Samsung for 2nd place in worldwide tablet shipments” by Taylor Soper at GeekWire – February 5, 2018

Tech Tip

Readwise recommended in Cool Tools

Reading Basics, including View Your Reading Progress

Interview with my father William and my grandson James

Dad and James on TKC 413 in July, 2016

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Grant by Ron Chernow

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Homecoming (The Tillerman Cycle Book 1) and Dicey’s Song by Cynthia Voigt

Tillerman Cycle Series by Cynthia Voigt (Goodreads)

Content

Monthly Kindle Deals

Next Week’s Show

I will be reporting from the American Library Association midwinter meeting here in Denver on next week’s show, which I will prepare in Cambridge, Mass.

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TKC 496 Meg Gardiner

Author of Into the Black Nowhere: An UNSUB Novel

Interview starts at 18:20 and ends at 40:10

“One of the oldest stories that humanity tells itself is defeating the monster. Whether that’s the dark shape that howls in the night outside the cave or something that drags a club around or sea monsters–humanity always wants to defeat the monster. To do that we have to try to identify and understand it. The idea that the monster walks among us disguised as one of the community I think sets us on edge.”

News

Amazon releases Q4 Earnings report – February 1, 2018

“Amazon has posted a profit for 11 straight quarters” by Jason Del Rey at Recode – February 1, 2018

“Inside Amazon’s Artificial Intelligence Flywheel” by Steven Levy at Wired – February 1, 2018

Click here for a free three-month subscription to Wired

“Amazon is taking a welcome tilt at healthcare bills” by Brooke Masters at The Financial Times – February 2, 2018

“Dallas is best place for Amazon’s second headquarters, Wall Street Journal says” by Bill Hethcock at Dallas Business Journal – January 26, 2018.

“Amazon’s Treasure Truck to Provide Offers at Select Whole Foods Market Locations Across the U.S.” – Amazon press release January 30, 2018

Amazon’s Super Bowl ad

“Here’s Why Alexa Won’t Light Up During Amazon’s Super Bowl Ad” by Brad Stone at Bloomberg – February 2, 2018

Tech Tip

How does Kindle know how fast we’re reading?

Interview with Meg Gardiner

UNSUB: A Novel and Into the Black Nowhere: An UNSUB Novel by Meg Gardiner

“Stephen King on Meg Gardiner” at Entertainment Magazine – February 9, 2007

Meg Gardiner on Twitter and Facebook

Stephen King’s tweet recommending Into the Black Nowhere – January 30, 2018

Meg Gardiner’s 2018 tour dates for Into the Black Nowhere

Content

Prime Reading

Comments

jeff@amazon.com

Next Week’s Guest

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TKC 495 Jon Fine

Senior Vice President & Publisher at Open Road Integrated Media

Interview starts at 11:28 and ends at 34:48

“No company in publishing right now is better aligned with Amazon in terms of our focus on the customer experience, in terms of our focus on eBooks and driving growth in eBooks.”

News

Amazon Go video

“Amazon Go: convenience and concern at new checkout-free corner shop” by Mark Harris at The Guardian – January 22, 2018

Amazon’s listing of 42 Amazon Go jobs open

“Amazon Go draws crowds” by Matt Day at The Seattle Times – January 22, 2018

“Here’s what it’s like to shop at Seattle’s Amazon Go cashierless convenience store” by Christine Clarridge at The Seattle Times – January 22, 2018

“The Amazon Go store – techy-cool or creepy-weird?” by Elizabeth Weise at USA Today – January 26, 2018

“Amazon’s Checkout-Free Store Makes Shopping Feel Like Shoplifting” by Jake Bullinger at The Atlantic – January 24, 2018

“New Walmart Partnership Brings Retailer into the E-Book Game” by John Maher at Publishers Weekly – January 26, 2018

“Apple’s Getting Back Into the E-Book Fight Against Amazon” by Mark Gurman at Bloomberg – January 25, 2018

“Apple’s iBooks Director at Digital Book World: Liveblog” at The Kindle Chronicles – June, 2015

“Thoughts on Apple Books” by Bradley Metrock at Digital Book World – January 25, 2018

Tech Tips

“Has Blocking text-to-speech access ended?” by Bufo Calvin at I Love My Kindle – November 28, 2017

Suzanne Skyvara’s Notes & Highlights for Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio – Goodreads

Interview with Jon Fine

Open Road Integrated Media

“Jon Fine Joins Open Road Integrated Media as SVP and Publisher” – press release October 27, 2017

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Open Road’s Early Bird Books email newsletter

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) by Philip Pullman

Agatha Christie mysteries published by Open Road

Content

Summer Doorways: A Memoir by W. S. Merwin

“The Durrells in Corfu” PBS series

Comments

Greg Montague’s “A Good App Gone Bad” thread at Goodreads Audiobooks Group

Recommended by Eolake Stobblehouse: Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series

“Where do you get your story ideas? – Life Expectancy” by Dean Koontz

Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz

The Blacklist, an original Netflix series

The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition by Fernando Pessoa, translated by Margaret Jull Costa (recommended by Jean Remple)

Next Week’s Guest

Meg Gardiner, a novelist whose next thriller, Into the Black Nowhere, will be released on January 30th by Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

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TKC 494 Hafizah Geter

Editor at Little A

Interview starts at 22:52 and ends at 44:24

“The trick with writing is a lot of times the more specific, the more universal something becomes. In taking care of a story, if there is something that I don’t quite understand, I’m not going to say, ‘Oh, that’s not related. We’ll take it out.’ I’m going to ask for more. Show me how this is all of us.”

News

Amazon press release on top 20 in HQ2 search – January 18, 2018

Recode on top 20 – January 18, 2018

“Amazon Chooses 20 Finalists for Second Headquarters” by Nick Wingfield at The New York Times – January 18, 2018

“The Case for Ending Amazon’s Dominance” by Tim Harford at The Financial Times – January 19, 2018

“Jeff Bezos Donates $33 million to Dreamers Scholarship Fund” by Matt Shuham at Talking Points Memo – January 12, 2018

TheDream.US

Tech Tip

Translated skill for Alexa

Interview with Hafizah Geter

Day One: A Literary Journal for the Digital Age

Kindle Singles store

Amazon Original Stories

Children of the Salt Road by Lydia Fazio Theys

When a Camel Breaks Your Heart (Kindle Single) by Kodi Scheer

Midair: A Novel by Kodi Scheer

The Mothers: A Novel by Brit Bennet

Hafizah Geter reading “The Break-In,” her poem published in The New Yorker

Soy Sauce for Beginners and Bury What We Cannot Take by Kirstin Chen

Halsey Street by Naima Coster

Feast: True Love In and Out of the Kitchen by Hannah Howard

Take Your Shirt Off and Cry: A Memoir of Near-Fame Experiences by Nancy Balbirer

Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men by Harold Schechter

Little A on Twitter

Next Week’s Guest

Jon Fine, senior vice president and publisher of Open Road Integrated Media

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TKC 493 Dean Koontz

Author of Ricochet Joe & the new Jane Hawk series

Interview starts at 10:30 and ends at 41:57

“Whatever I was reading in childhood through adolescence, it lifted me up and out. I think it was all of that that made me want to be a writer. I thought it would be the most amazing thing if out there in the world somewhere there was a kid reading something or an adult for that matter that was really getting to them and affecting them as so many people had affected me. And you didn’t even know who they were or where they were. It just struck me as a kind of magical thing to be doing. So because I was a reader, that’s really why I became a writer.” (Photo by Thomas Engström)

News

“Amazon May Have Dropped a Clue About a Likely HQ2 Location” by Aaron Pressman at Fortune – January 11, 2018.

“Amazon and Google lead way on virtual assistant dealmaking at CES” by Tim Bradshaw at The Financial Times – January 9, 2018

“Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Assistant compete at CES to control the smart home” by Matt Day at The Seattle Times – January 8, 2018

“This smart suitcase uses Segway technology to balance itself as it follows you around” by Thuy Ong at The Verge – January 4, 2018

“My heart aches for this Segway-inspired auto-following suitcase that won’t stop falling over” by Natt Garun at The Verge – January 8, 2018

Tech Tip

“How to pair your AirPods with your Kindle Oasis” by Charlie Sorrel at Cult of Mac – Janiuary 6, 2018

Interview with Dean Koontz

Dean Koontz’s web site

Ricochet Joe

The Silent Corner (Jane Hawk #1) and The Whispering Room (Jane Hawk #2) by Dean Koontz

Available for preorder with delivery May 8: The Crooked Staircase (Jane Hawk #3)

Dean Koontz author page at Amazon.com

Books by Kate DiCamillo: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Tale of Despereaux, Because of Winn-Dixie, and The Magician’s Elephant

Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot

The Book of Counted Sorrows (Wikipedia)

Content

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Wins Best TV Series, Comedy at 2018 Golden Globes (YouTube) – January 7, 2018

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Prime Video

Next Week’s Guest

Hafizah Geter, editor of the recently closed Day One literary magazine

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TKC 492 Tom Semple

Software Quality Engineer

Interview starts at 12:46 and ends at 41:14

“Somehow the Goodreads would talk to the Amazon/Kindle cloud, so as new notes come in it would sync those down from Goodreads as well. And then they would just show up in your notes and highlights with the name of the person who you were following. I think that would be really cool.”

News

“Another big Amazon acquisition, a Peloton IPO–and other commerce predictions for 2018” by Jason Del Rey at Recode – January 4, 2018

“Barnes & Noble shares hit near 24-year low after disappointing holiday sales” by Jessica Dye at The Financial Times – January 5, 2018

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on HQ2 prospects (CNBC) – January 3, 2018

PaddyPower odds for HQ2 cities – January 3, 2018

 

Tech Tip

All about Kindle bookmarks

Interview with Tom Semple

The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed [Kindle in Motion] by Scott Parazynski

Off to Be the Wizard (Magic 2.0 Book 1) [Kindle in Motion] by Scott Meyer

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Illustrated [Kindle in Motion] by J. K. Rowling

Ricochet Joe (Amazon Original Story) [Kindle in Motion] by Dean Koontz

Spotify

Prime Music

Audible

Content

David Ignatius will appear on C-Span’s BookTV show Sunday, January 7, 2018 at noon EST

BBC iPlayer Radio app for Fire tablets

Next Week’s Guest

Dean Koontz, bestselling author of a new Amazon Original Story, Ricochet Joe, published by Amazon Publishing

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TKC 491 Katie Ernst

Co-founder of Select A Story

Interview starts at 8:33 and ends at 33:40

“An interactive story is essentially a series of interlocking short stories. I think a lot of authors kind of forget about that, and they end up writing a story where at the end of it, it’s like ‘Okay, you saw a spaceship, and then you thought to call the police and then you decided whether you should call your friend, and then you decided whether you should take a picture and put it on Instagram and then you went on the spaceship and you met the aliens, and it was fine. The end.’ Well, yeah, you had a number of choices, but they were all very similar to one another and that is not a story that anyone would write by itself.”

Tech Tip

Find your annotations at read.amazon.com/notebook

Interview with Katie Ernst

Select a Story website

Select a Story skill for Alexa

Cinder/Charming (Select a Story Book 1) Kindle format

“The Magic Door,” an Alexa-powered interactive adventure with original stories

“Alexa Skills Challenge Offers $250,000 in Prizes for Best Kid Skills” at Amazon Alexa blog – October 25, 2017

Content

Ricochet Joe by Dean Koontz

Comments

Fintie Folio Case for 9th Generation (7-inch) Kindle Oasis – $16.99

News

Amazon press release on holiday sales

“Amazon’s Alexa Won Christmas This Year” by Steve Kovach at Business Insider – December 26, 2017

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TKC 490 Mark Jarvis

Doubledecker Bus Driver in London

Interview starts at 11:20 and ends at 39:30

“The [Fire HD] 8 will be my Kindle that travels with me. I take it to work. We’re not allowed to have them in the cab for fairly good reasons. They don’t want anything that will distract you from the job of driving.” (Skype screenshot photo)

News

“The Kindle changed the book business. Can it change books?” by David Pierce at Wired – December 20, 2017

Mosaic app at iTunes Store

Tech Tip

Echo Connect and how to set one up

Alexa Voice Remote for Amazon Echo and Echo Dot

Interview with Mark Jarvis

Transportation for London (TfL)

The Elizabeth Line

CeX

All-New Kindle Oasis

BBC iPlayer

The Verb Podcast (BBC) – Jorie Graham interview

“Advertising Standards considers inquiry into Amazon Prime” at BBC – December 18, 2017

Amazon Key in-home delivery

Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Edition (Audible) read by Stephen Fry

The Quantum Spy: A Thriller by David Ignatius

The Theseus Paradox (Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan Series Book 1) by David Videcette

The Miniaturist: A Novel by Jessie Burton

The Poisonous Seed: A Frances Doughty Mystery by Linda Stratmann

Podcasts recommended by Mark Jarvis: History Extra (BBC) and 9yrspodcast  (iTunes)

The Guardian and The Independent

Content

Goodreads Choice Awards 2017

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