TKC 298 Molly Hawthorne

Molly Hawthorne

Retired Special Ed Teacher and Kindle Reader

Interview starts at 19:42

I read The New York Times Book Magazine on Sundays, and I belong to a book group, and there are suggestions there. If I come across anything in the newspaper or whatever, then I check it out. The nice thing is I can get a sample of it and read that sample. If I like it I can download it, and if not I just go onto the next.

 Show Notes and Links:

 News

“Amazon Kindle Fire Smartphone Expected Release Date” by Christine Celis at AndroidOrigin – April 14, 2014

Tech Tip

Amazon Cloud Collections

Interview with Molly Hawthorne

Viking River Cruises longship Ingvi

Interview with Charles and Robbie Beazley (Starts at 31:28)

Click here to download PDF of Kindle Paperwhite User’s Guide – 2nd Edition

Content

Books on Molly Hawthorne’s Kindle (all prices as listed at Kindle Store):

The Litigators by John Grisham – $6.35

Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies by J.B. West and Mary Lynn Kotz – $1.99

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty – $5.99

The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek – $9.09

Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline – $6.99

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot – $7.99

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – $10.99

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman – $8.99

Books on the Kindles of Charles and Robbie Beazley:

The Racketeer by John Grisham – $4.99

Reservation to Kill by Leonard Finz – $2.99

Next Week’s Show:

I am working with an Amazon representative at the company’s Paris office to set up an interview next week when Darlene and I conclude our current trip with three days in Paris.

How You Can Support E-Books for Troops

Click here to help, so we can continue to distribute donated Kindles to U.S. Soldiers deployed overseas.

Click here for information on how to donate your used Kindle.

For information regarding major gifts or other questions, please email me at PodChronicles AT gmail DOT com.

Thanks to all of you who are already supporting E-Books for Troops, and a special thanks to M-Edge Accessories, which donates new Kindle cases whenever we need them to supplement cases that we receive with the donated Kindles.

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.

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TKC 297 David P. Vandagriff

David Vandagriff

Attorney and Creator of The Passive Voice blog

Interview starts at 17:13

In my opinion, any midlist author that sticks with a traditional publisher is crazy, because I personally know a number of formerly midlist traditionally publishing authors who are making a very, very nice living off of self-publishing now. We’re talking a 10-x increase in their royalty payments over what they had with traditional publishers.

Show Notes and Links:

News

Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV Voice Search FAQ

“Estimating Kindle E-Book Sales for Amazon” by Trefis at nasdaq.com – April 7, 2013

“Inside Amazon’s Idea Machine: How Bezos Decodes Customers”  by George Anders in Forbes – April 4, 2014

Tech Tip

Amazon Cloud Collections

Interview with David Vandagriff

The Passive Voice blog: A Lawyer’s Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing

Interview (video) of David Vandagriff by Joel Friedlander published on August 1, 2013

Embracing Abundance, the web site of G.G. Vandergriff

The Baron and the Bluestocking (Three Original Ladies and their Gentlemen) by G.G. Vandagriff – $2.99 on Kindle

Content

The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators by Chris Brogan – $11.99 on Kindle

Joyland by Stephen King – $6.59 on Kindle

Next Week’s Show:

I will create and post TKC 298 as Darlene and I travel down the Rhine River on a Viking River Cruises boat. If you would like to receive notice of photos and video from the trip via Google Glass, please email me at PodChronicles AT Gmail DOT com, so I can including you in my TKC EuroCam Google Plus circle.

How You Can Support E-Books for Troops

Click here to help, so we can continue to distribute donated Kindles to U.S. Soldiers deployed overseas.

Click here for information on how to donate your used Kindle.

For information regarding major gifts or other questions, please email me at PodChronicles AT gmail DOT com.

Thanks to all of you who are already supporting E-Books for Troops, and a special thanks to M-Edge Accessories, which donates new Kindle cases whenever we need them to supplement cases that we receive with the donated Kindles.

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 296 James McQuivey & Amazon Fire TV

McQuivey

Author of Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation

It could literally just be a bluetooth microphone that you clip to yourself, and maybe it’s combined in a pedometer or a wristwatch or a something else. All it does is listen for specific commands, like “Amazon, send me toothpaste.” Well Amazon would know exactly which toothpaste to send me.

Interview starts at 1:56

Show Notes and Links:

Amazon Dash

Interview with James McQuivey

“Disrupting Disruption at the AAP Annual Meeting” by Calvin Reid at Publishers Weekly – March 21, 2014

Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation by James McQuivey – $3.99 on Kindle

Who Owns the Future? by Jaron Lanier – $10.99 on Kindle

Book subscription providers Oyster and Scribd

News and Interviews at Amazon’s NYC Press Event

Uber

Amazon Fire TV information at Amazon.com

Amazon Game Studios

“Amazon Game Studios Introduces ‘Sev Zero’ for Amazon Fire TV” - press release April 2, 2014

“Amazon Fire TV: Questions and Answers (and video)” by Lance Ulanoff at Mashable – April 2, 2014

Don’t miss Garrett Riley’s comparison of Apple TV with Amazon Fire TV in the latest episode of his Tech Grab Bag Podcast.

Next Week’s Guest:

David Vandagriff, creator of The Passive Voice blog: A Lawyer’s Thoughts on Authors, Self-Publishing and Taditional Publishing”

How You Can Support E-Books for Troops

Click here to help, so we can continue to distribute donated Kindles to U.S. Soldiers deployed overseas.

Click here for information on how to donate your used Kindle.

For information regarding major gifts or other questions, please email me at PodChronicles AT gmail DOT com.

Thanks to all of you who are already supporting E-Books for Troops, and a special thanks to M-Edge Accessories, which donates new Kindle cases whenever we need them to supplement cases that we receive with the donated Kindles.

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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At Home in Denver with Fire TV

FireTV still lifeBy the time I arrived home in Denver last night, it had been a long day, beginning with 4:30 a.m. wakeup in Cambridge, Mass., for the Amtrak Acela ride to New York City to the Amazon press conference, then a Southwest flight from LaGuardia to DIA, toting with great mindfulness the attractive shopping bag (in photo above) holding my review unit for Fire TV.

I briefly considered going to bed and saving the installation of Fire TV until morning, when I would be rested and alert. Right. Instead I made a ham and Swiss sandwich and headed quietly to the guest room, where our relatively new Samsung flat screen TV is located. I still don’t watch much television. I like books. I like to read. So the Samsung does not hang in a place of honor in the living room. It’s tucked out of the way, and the arrangement of chairs in the guest room is inconvenient for more than one person to watch at a time.

I started my iPhone’s stop watch before cutting open the Fire TV box. Installation was complete in five minutes, even in partial darkness, because I had to unplug a light in order to plug in Fire TV. I actually forgot to stop the stopwatch when I reached the Home screen of Fire TV. I wanted to jump in and explore, which I did for an hour or so, finally getting to bed at well past 1 a.m. Eastern Time.

This morning I showed my wife, Darlene, what all the fuss is about. She hates TV, never watches it. She doesn’t watch video on her iPhone, MacBook Air or iPad, doesn’t own a Kindle Fire of any generation. So it was like asking her to sit down and admire a new truck carburetor, or the latest rule change from the Financial Accounting Standards Board. I showed her how easy it is to Voice Search for an actor. “Try Katharine Hepburn,” she said. So I handed her the remote control and showed her how to press the button, just like talking to Siri on the iPhone. She got it on the second try, and up came a scrollable row of movies staring Hepburn. “Cool,” she said, before heading back to the kitchen.

The star of the Fire TV is the remote control. It feels like quality, with a slightly rubberized surface that’s pleasing to hold. There are only seven buttons on it, in addition to the wheel that looks like an iPod navigation controller but only offers four clickable commands–right, left, up, and down, with activate as the center button. At the top is a white microphone button. You press and hold it while you speak a search term, and release when you’re done. Your TV screen shows a squiggly line while you talk and then finds what you’re looking for more quickly than you expect.

The remote’s home button, marked with a house icon, takes you back to an arrangement that will be familiar to anyone with a Kindle Fire. You move up and down the left side to select movies, TV, your photos, etc. You know where you are in the navigation, because the live selection has the now-familiar golden orange color of the Fire’s usual navigation scheme.

I’ll have much more to say about Fire TV in tomorrow’s Kindle Chronicles podcast, including my thoughts on how this may change my media consumption. It might even upgrade the Samsung’s location, to the living room. Amazon, as usual, is messing with normal. The press conference was a class act all the way, I thought. The coverage has been positive, except for the usual nitwit slant by The New York Times’s Amazon reporter. I refuse to link to it.

More later…

 

 

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Liveblog of Amazon NYC Press Event on New Video Service

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This is my liveblog of Amazon’s press event Tuesday, April 2, 2014 in New York City to announce a new video business.

If you have arrived here but don’t see the live posts, click once on the headline above to reveal them.

Thanks for following along, and please feel free to spread this link to others who might be interested in what Amazon announces today about video.

I will be checking Twitter, so let me know if you have questions or comments @LenEdgerly.

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Peter Larsen to be featured at Amazon press event tomorrow in NYC

imageAmazon’s “Update on our video business” scheduled for tomorrow, April 2nd, at 11 a.m. in New York City, will feature not CEO Jeff Bezos but Peter Larsen, Vice President, Kindle.

My guess is that Bezos will welcome media to the event, then turn details of Amazon’s new video initiative over to Larsen. If this were another gala event about the Kindle, you can bet the CEO would be doing the honors. But I suspect he reads books more than he watches television or listens to music, so it makes sense that he would turn the bulk of the program over to someone with more knowledge of the details.

I will leave Boston tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. on the Amtrak Acela, arriving at Penn Station more than an hour before the presser begins at 11. I love trains, and I love how Amazon keeps messing with normal, so this should be fun!

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LiveBlog test for tomorrow’s Amazon NYC event

This is a test to see if I can liveblog from my iPad mini at tomorrow’s Amazon press conference in New York.

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Will Flash Boys Save Wall Street?

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Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis hit my Kindle Fire HDX 7″ sometime after midnight EDT, and it took an act of will for me not to spend the rest of the night reading it. I suspect there were plenty of business journalists and Wall Street movers and shakers who didn’t have the luxury of going back to bed. This book may well change things.

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TKC 295 Austin Kleon

Austin-Kleon-sxsw

Author of Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered 

Interview starts at 17:56

One of the things I always tell people is, “You’re not guaranteed a living from this. I think what you’re guaranteed is a life.” You can set up a life through this way of operating, but I do think that if you operate this way you have a better shot at a living.

Show Notes and Links:

News

“Check your Kindle account for your credit from the Apple ebook settlement” by Laura Hazard Owen at Gigaom – March 25, 2014

Official website for State Attorneys General and Class Counsel E-Book Settlements

Barnes & Noble’s incomprehensible information page on the eBooks settlement

“Coloradans to Receive $3.7 million in E-Book Settlement Distributions” at Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers’s web site – March 25, 2014

“Apple hit with $840 million damages claim for ebooks price fixing” by Carl Franzen at The Verge – February 1, 2014

Tech Tip

I take another look at Clippings Converter, based on a recommendation by Mike Reeves-McMillan of Aukland, New Zealand

Interview with Austin Kleon

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon – $6.14 on Kindle

Show Your Work: 10 Ways to to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon – $7.18 on Kindle

Newspaper Blackout by Austin Kleon – $8.00 on Kindle

Austin Kleon’s hour-long interview on The Self-Publishing Podcast – released March 5, 2014

“Brian Eno on Genius, and ‘Scenius’” by synthhead at Synthtopia – July 9, 2009

Writing on the Wall: Social Media – The First 2,000 Years by Tom Standage – $9.99 on Kindle

Tom Standage – Writing on the Wall annotated at Rap Genius

Sound Opinions interview with Mike Watt discussed on Austin Kleon’s Tumblr - March 23, 2014

Double Nickels on the Dime - 1984 album by The Minutemen – $8.99 at Amazon mp3 store

Content

The Liberation Trilogy Box Set by Rick Atkinson – $36.99 on Kindle

Next Week’s Guest:

James McQuivey, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research. Author of Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation - $3.99 on Kindle

How You Can Support E-Books for Troops

Click here to help, so we can continue to distribute donated Kindles to U.S. Soldiers deployed overseas.

Click here for information on how to donate your used Kindle.

For information regarding major gifts or other questions, please email me at PodChronicles AT gmail DOT com.

Thanks to all of you who are already supporting E-Books for Troops, and a special thanks to M-Edge Accessories, which donates new Kindle cases whenever we need them to supplement cases that we receive with the donated Kindles.

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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Thirteen Ways of Looking at Austin Kleon

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In preparation for my Skype interview with Austin Kleon on March 24th, I read and watched a ton of stuff by and about him on the Internet. You will hear our conversation in TKC 295, scheduled to upload on Friday March 28. Until then, with homage to Wallace Stevens, here are 13 ways of learning from this writer who draws and who has visited three of 20 cities in his current book tour for Show Your Work: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered:

I

A long Google+ hangout with
the Self-Publishing Podcast guys.

II
First installment of the journal Kleon
is keeping during the book tour.

III

The Minutemen thought they knew
which was the gig and which were the flyers 30 years ago.
The only reason for flyers was to promote the gig.
Nowadays, for a wired shape shifter like Kleon, it’s not so clear.
(We talked about this in the Kindle Chronicles interview.)

IV

Buy this album and listen to it
as you read the remaining ways of looking at Austin Kleon.

V

The Paris Review’s 1965 interview
with William S. Burroughs,
an antecedent of Kleon’s in the black-out poetry biz

VI

Kelton Reed found out
how Austin Kleon writes
and wrote an awesome post about that.
Many intelligent comments ensued.

VII

Honestly? I didn’t have time
to much more than scan this weighty Harper’s piece by Jonathan Lethem,
mentioned by Austin Kleon
in Steal Like an Artist.
I can tell you this: It’s about plagiarism.

VIII

Chase Jarvis interviews in black and white,
coloring his conversations with wit and humble brags.
He and Austin nailed it in this YouTube interview
last year. Paul Simon was sort of wrong.
Everyone one looks smarter in black and white.

IX

I like a public speaker who is not
trying to be Zig Ziegler ZIGLER or Bill Clinton, who just gets up there
in front of thousands of people as if he’s thinking out loud
about stuff that matters to him.
Like maybe everyone left the room and he kept on talking.
Watch Austin Kleon’s 2012 TEDx talk and see if you catch my drift.

X

This talk at Google looks good, too…
But Southwest’s WiFi is wimping out on me
39 minutes from Boston. Maybe you can let
me know what you think of it at PodChronicles AT Gmail DOT com.

XI

Here is my favorite quote from Show Your Work:
“Be ambitious.
Keep yourself busy.
Think bigger.
Expand your audience.”

XII

It’s been a while since I printed out an author’s words
and taped them to the bottom of my computer screen.
The last one was from W.S. Merwin, probably.
Merwin wrote me a letter once and urged me to read at random.
He said the patterns of my interest would show themselves.
He was right.

XIII

You bet I printed out Austin Kleon’s quote about ambition.
I’m staying busy and finished this
just in time–
Our crazy colored jet is bowing down toward Boston.
There’s a slight chance of bumps
as we descend to lower altitudes, our pilot says.
No problem.

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