TKC 488 Esmeralda and Richard deTrafford

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)

That’s Not a Knife (You Tube)

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, Forrester Research

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TKC 487 Bradley Metrock

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

“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 Maintain Radio Silence, used with permission

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TKC 486 Gabriella Page-Fort

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 we immediately share a common bond, this passion for bringing books to readers. 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

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TKC 485 Steve Kessel

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.” (Photo by Jordan Stead/Amazon)

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

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TKC 484 Carlina Duan

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

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TKC 483 David Ignatius

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.

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What’s Great About the New Kindle Oasis and What I Miss About the Original



The 9th Generation Kindle Oasis begins arriving today for those of you who pre-ordered one. Amazon provided me with a review unit, so I’ve had a few days to try it out. My video review is now available.

This is an impressive new Kindle, and I particularly love the leather cover available for it. The feel of the cover is soft, and–unlike the battery-loaded cover of the previous Oasis–you can use this one as a stand in either landscape or portrait orientation. Sometimes I like to set my Kindle on a table at a coffee shop for reading, but that wasn’t possible with the original Oasis.

As for the larger screen, sometimes I like it and sometimes I don’t. Bedtime reading seems better with the original Oasis, which is smaller and lighter. The seven-inch Oasis screen seems to be shouting at me, sending me more words than I am used to as I read calmly before sleep. But reading in the living room, when I am perhaps more alert, I enjoy the larger screen real estate.

The off-center balance of the new Oasis is even more pronounced than that of the original, because there is more battery weight in the new one. It’s a good feel, like reading a paperback book in one hand.

I have connected the new Oasis via Bluetooth to my Echo Show speaker, and it works fine. In general, I think I won’t get much use of this feature of the 9th Generation Oasis. When I listen to Audible books, it’s easier to use the Audible app on my iPhone, which is always with me. But I know many of you will love this improvement in the Oasis. Pairing the Oasis is easy, and the sound quality is good, depending on what you are using for the audio.

The waterproof feature rocks. I had fun dunking the review copy in the chilly Atlantic a couple of days ago in Maine. Film at 11.

I will have a lot more to say about the new Oasis on Friday’s podcast. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them as comments to this post.

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TKC 482 Kindle Execs Discuss All-New iOS & Android App

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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Amazon Releases Impressive Update for iOS and Android Kindle Apps

The boy reading under the tree now faces in the other direction in the new iOS and Android app icon that will show up on your phone or tablet when you up update the app. Lots else is new, too.

Amazon this morning is releasing an “all-new” Kindle app at the iOS App Store and Google Play. On Friday’s episode of The Kindle Chronicles podcast I will have lots to say about the app, based on a virtual demo I received yesterday from two Kindle execs in New York City via Amazon’s Chime videoconferencing platform.

My initial take on the new app is that it is bookish, elegant, smart, and quicker to navigate than its predecessor. The design is easy on the eyes, from the switched-around boy reading under a tree in the opening Kindle icon to bigger images of your book covers and a more page-like appearance to the screens of the app.

The new app continues Amazon’s steady integration of Goodreads, acquired four years ago when Goodreads had 16 million members. The membership now stands at more than 65 million, and I bet most of them read Kindle books on phones and tablets. The updated app makes it easier than ever to switch from within a book to discuss it with your friends and the broader community at Goodreads.

Here is the press release released today at 9 a.m. ET:

Amazon Announces All-New Kindle App—Easier Than Ever to Read and Connect with Friends

All-new Kindle app turns your phone or tablet into a book—read anytime, anywhere

An app built for book lovers—with everything you need all in one place, seamlessly move between the pages of your book, your library, your personal bookstore, and more

Be part of a community of readers—with Goodreads built into Kindle for iOS
you can now discover and discuss books with friends, authors, and more

The new app displays larger images of book covers and, at the bottom of the screen, a thumbnail of the book you are currently reading.

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)—Oct. 24, 2017– (NASDAQ: AMZN) — Today, Amazon announced an all-new Kindle app that makes it easier than ever to turn your phone or tablet into a book—so you can read anytime, anywhere. The Kindle app is designed for book lovers and provides easy access to the most popular Kindle features—you can effortlessly move between the pages of your book, your library, your personalized bookstore and more. Also, with the Goodreads community built into Kindle for iOS, you can easily discover and discuss books with friends. The all-new Kindle app is available now in the App Store and Google Play, and will be delivered as part of a free, over-the-air update starting this week.

“We’ve built the new Kindle app from the ground up for book lovers, giving readers easy access to everything they might want to do with their books, all in one place,” said Chuck Moore, Vice President, Kindle. “It’s now easier than ever to turn your phone or tablet into a book and immerse yourself in an author’s world at any time.”

All-New Design

With the new Kindle app, it is easier to get to what you want. Whether it’s starting the next chapter in the book you’re reading or a quick search through your library, the all-new design makes switching back and forth seamless. Key updates include:

  • All-New Look—The Kindle app features a new look and feel inspired by books. Details include larger book covers, new fonts, a new app icon, and new light and dark background themes to choose from.
  • One-Tap Access—New bottom bar navigation automatically shows an icon of the book you’re currently reading, making it easier than ever to get back to reading at any moment. The bottom bar also provides quick access to Kindle’s most popular features allowing you to switch between the pages of your book, your library, your personal bookstore, and more.
  • Easy Search—The search bar is now always available throughout the app, so whether a book is in your library or among the millions of titles in the Kindle Store, it’s easier than ever to find it.

Discover and Discuss Books with Friends and the Goodreads Community on Kindle for iOS

The new Kindle for iOS app also helps customers discuss and get book recommendations from their friends, authors, and other readers with the Goodreads community now built right into the app. Goodreads, an Amazon subsidiary, is the world’s largest community of readers, with more than 65 million members.

“For as long as there have been books, people have discussed them with friends,” said Otis Chandler, CEO and co-founder of Goodreads. “When you finish an amazing book, you can’t wait to find out if other readers feel the same way. Readers trust their friends for recommendations, with around half of them saying they discover books through word-of-mouth. With the new features on Kindle, connecting with your friends and similar readers in the Goodreads community is now built into the app.”

Reading is better when you can discuss it with friends. In Kindle for iOS you can now:

  • Find New Books to Read—Browse the new Community tab to keep up-to-date with what friends and readers you follow are reading. When you find a book you are interested in, you can add it to your Want to Read list for quick reference when you are ready to start your next book.
  • Connect with Readers Who Like Similar Books—To help you get recommendations from readers who like the same books, Goodreads also suggests people to follow, including authors and popular Goodreads reviewers.
  • Share Your Thoughts About Books You’ve Read—Post notes and highlights from your book for friends to see and comment on. Easily share when you start reading a book, as well as your rating/review when you’ve finished a book.

Starting today, the Community tab featuring Goodreads discovery and discussion features are available on Kindle for iOS (in the US only), and will be coming to Kindle for Android in a future release. To learn more about how Kindle helps you read anytime, anywhere visit www.amazon.com/kindleapps.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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NOTE from Len: Information from the demo was embargoed until today (Tuesday) at 9 am ET, just as Darlene and I are due to board the Acela with our Wyoming friends Tom and Tish, bound for NYC to see the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and attend the musical Come From Away. I’m not sure how quickly this post (drafted Monday night) will go live. It will depend on how reliable Amtrak’s WiFi service is on the train. Fingers crossed!

 

 

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TKC 481 Mirna Valerio

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

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