TKC 477 Jillian Vorce

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

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TKC 476 Jennifer Cast

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

Amazon Books stores

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

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TKC 475 John Morgan

Executive Editor at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Interview starts at 13:18 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 e-readers 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)

Melcher 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

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TKC 474 Nancy Pearl

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

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TKC 473 Total Eclipse in Casper, Wyoming

My friend Jack and I watch the eclipse in his backyard

 

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

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.

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Jon P. Fine

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

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

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TKC 469 Harry Bingham

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

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TKC 468 Alex Cabal

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.

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