TKC 446 Brady Dale

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

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TKC 445 Betty Anholt

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

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TKC 444 Thad McIlroy

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

 

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

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TKC 443 Mark Roberts & Patience Clevenger

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!

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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

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 his 12-year-old niece Patience Clevenger, who together wrote and published a wonderful book for pre-teens titled Evelyn’s Lighthouse  [Note: in the audio of this week’s episode I incorrectly described their book written for Young Adults. Sorry for the confusion, which I will clear up on next week’s show!]

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TKC 441 Paul Slavin

CEO of Open Road Integrated Media

Interview starts at 14:22 and ends at 41:41

[NOTE: The audio for this episode misstates the year of this episode–

it should be 2017, not last year!]

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.

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TKC 440 Will Schwalbe

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

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TKC 439 Darlene’s 2016 Technology Review

My Wife Darlene 

Interview ‪starts at 12:28 and ends at 44:58

“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

Note: I took the photo of Darlene and Claire today in front of a quilt she is working on. It’s based on a photo of me and a sea lion taken during our trip to the Galapagos Islands last year.

“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

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TKC 438 Matthew Rubery

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)

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TKC 437 Richard Hollick

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

 

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”

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

   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

My posts at 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. (I probably mispronounced Matt’s last name in the audio. I will get it right next week!)

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