TKC 393 Len Vlahos

Len Vlahos
Chief Executive Officer of The Tattered Cover Book Stores
Interview starts at 10:03 and ends at 42:09
I think it would be interesting for independent booksellers to experiment with selling eBooks directly, because it’s become much less device-centric. Tablets have in some ways normalized that world, and the notion that someone could build an open-source eReader app and that we could have direct relationships with publishers and sell eBooks is something I think worth exploring down the road. But it’s not a part of our core business. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google do what they do really well. For us, we have limited resources and limited brainpower. I’d rather see us make our stores even better than focus a lot of energy on that.
News
“Amazon exec to run digital efforts of Italy’s government” by Angel Gonzalez at The Seattle Times – February 10, 2016
Diego Piacentini featured on Amazon employee page
“Working at Amazon” web site – includes signup for receiving email updates
Amazon organization chart
“My Bias (again)” by Hugh Howey – February 12, 2016
“Amazon’s bookstore buzz hits San Diego” at the Lost Angeles Times – February 11, 2016
Shelf Awareness “Amazon Books Roundup” – February 12, 2016 (scroll down to find it)
Tech Tip
Amazon.com help page showing which Kindle you have
Interview with Len Vlahos
“Len Vlahos, ‘The ABA Guy,’ to Publish YA Novel” by Judith Rosen at Publishers Weekly – October 23, 2013
The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
“Joyce Meskis is selling Tattered Cover Book Stores after 41 years” by Aldo Svaldi at The Denver Post – March 26, 2015
Kobo eReaders and eBooks available for purchase at The Tattered Cover website
Tattered Cover Press: Books on Demand
Scar Girl by Len Vlahos – available for pre-order (hardcover only), delivery March 1
Content
Harry Potter: The Complete Collection by J.K. Rowling (Kindle) – now $56.64 instead of the brief bargain price of $14.99 earlier this week.
Postscript with Uber Driver Deb Brown (42:09 to 43:00)
The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh (Link is to paperback copy at The Tattered Cover’s website)
Next Week’s Guest
Jesper Bugge Kold, author of Winter Men , an AmazonCrossing translation available for pre-order with delivery on March 1, 2016. You can get a free copy now via Kindle First if you are an Amazon Prime member.

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TKC 392 Kindle Blogger Bufo Calvin

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Bufo Calvin is the creator of the I Love My Kindle blog
 
Interview starts at 10:46 and ends at 44:02
If people were evolving away from reading long-form reading, we would not have series. But right now people will say, “Oh yes, that’s great. It’s a 200-page book, but I want a thousand pages about this character. So I think you can make an argument that people are more into long-form reading that they were in the past.
News
“Mall CEO claims Amazon Books will open up to 400 physical storefronts” by Sam Machkovech at ars technica – February 2, 2016
“Amazon Plans Hundreds of Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores, Mall CEO Says” by Greg Bensinger at The Wall Street Journal – February 2, 2016
Business Insider photos of Amazon’s Seattle Book Store – February 3, 2016
“Unsubstantiated Rumor: Amazon to Open as Many as 400 Bookstores” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – February 2, 2016
Woody Allen interview in May, 2015 in which he whines about Amazon deal
Tech Tip
“Amazon’s Kindle e-readers are getting a big software update soon” by Sam Byford at The Verge – February 3, 2016
5.7.2 Software update pages at Amazon.com for Kindle Voyage, Paperwhite (6th Generation), and Kindle
Interview with Bufo Calvin
I Love My Kindle blog
I Love My Kindle blog subscription for Kindle – 99 cents a month
The Measured Circle blog by Bufo Calvin
 
Content
Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold, an AmazonCrossing translation into English. Available as a free advance download for Prime members through Kindle First if you have not already downloaded a Kindle First book for February.
Next Week’s Guest
Len Vlahos, new owner of The Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver

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TKC 391 Morgan Parker

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Editor of Amazon’s Little A imprint and Day One magazine
Interview starts at 18:03 and ends at 42:20
A lot of editors across Amazon Publishing kind of have their hands in Day One. Everyone’s really excited about it and dedicated to discovering these new voices and finding opportunities for new writers. (Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths)
News
Amazon.com announces fourth quarter earnings (Press Release) – January 28, 2016
“Amazon Stock Plummets on Disappointing Q4 Results” by Jason Del Rey at re/code – January 28, 2016
“Amazon’s stock dives, but it’s because of a ‘good problem’” by Tracey Lien at The Los Angeles Times – January 29, 2016
“Amazon Prime is growing like crazy” by Jillian D’Onfro at Business Insider – January 25, 2016
“Amazon Prime Grew 35% in 2015” – report (PDF) by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners – January 25, 2016
“How Many Prime Members Does Amazon Have (And Why It Matters)” by Daniel B. Kline at The Motley Fool – January 26, 2016
TV commercials for #BaldwinBowl – Cheerleaders and Cheese Footballs
“Get ready for Amazon’s third billion-dollar business: Echo” by Eugene Kim at Business Insider – January 27, 2016
“Amazon reportedly seeks a bigger hand in Android phone software” by Ron Amadeo at Ars Technica – January 25, 2016.
Tech Tip
Duolingo app for Fire tablet and iPhone (free)
Interview with Morgan Parker
Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night – poems by Morgan Parker (paperback only)
Grave of Hummingbirds by Jennifer Skutelsky published by Little A

Content

Day One at Amazon.com – subscription costs $1.59 a month or 37 cents an issue, with a free 30-day trial when you subscribe
“How to Publish Your Book” by Jane Friedman – The Great Courses 24-lecture series available at Audible.com for $24.46 or 1 credit
 
Next Week’s Guest
Bufo Calvin, creator of the “I Love My Kindle” blog

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TKC 390 Jane Friedman

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Helping authors and publishers flourish in the digital age
 
Interview starts at 14:20 and ends at 44:34
This question has become a little bit of a litmus test in the writing and publishing community. It’s almost interesting to talk about how other people react very viscerally to Amazon as a good or bad influence or factor. I do consider myself mostly neutral. Nothing about it, I feel, is wholly good or bad. Mainly, it’s just brought about this enormous change. And for some the changes have been good, and for others they’ve been bad. For me personally, the change has been great.
News
“The drone invasion now underway” (video) at CBS News – October 18, 2015
“Is Amazon’s First Brick-and-Mortar Bookstore the Future of Retail?” by Pini Yakuel at Entrepreneur – January 18, 2016
“Seattle bookstores face new threat from Amazon: a brick-and-mortar location” by Julia Carrie Wong at The Guardian – January 21, 2016
“Amazon Expands its Smart Reordering Service” by Stacey Higginbotham at Fortune – January 19, 2016
“Your Printer Can Now Order Ink for You, Thanks to Amazon” by Angela Moscaritolo at PC Magazine – January 19, 2016
“How to Format Your Book for Kindle Course Coming Soon!” by Bruce Jones at Bruce the Book Guy – January 18, 2016
Tech Tips
“Amazon Echo now lets Alexa read Kindle books to you” by Adario Strange at Mashable – January 17, 2016
Amazon info on Alexa’s reading of Kindle books
Interview with Jane Friedman
Roxane Gay website
Roxane Gay’s author page at Amazon.com
Bad Feminist and An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
Debbie Ohi website
Journey of Strangers by Elizabeth Zelvin
Margaret Atwood on Wattpad
“How to Publish Your Book” course of 24 lectures by Jane Friedman at The Great Courses
Next Week’s Guest
Morgan Parker, editor of Amazon’s Day One weekly literary magazine
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TKC 389 Donna Foley Mabry

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Author of Maude
Interview starts at 15:00 and ends at 44:33
I do have an agent who called me, and he’s representing Maude. She’s been translated into Italian, German, and Russian. He made the deal for the audiobook. He’s right now negotiating with a few more countries. Whatever Kindle and Amazon don’t cover as far as print copies, he will handle that for me. And hopefully some day a motion picture!
News
Prime Discount at Amazon.com
“Amazon to Release Portable Version of Echo Speaker in Coming Weeks” by Greg Bensinger at The Wall Street Journal – January 11, 2016
“Ford, Amazon working to connect cars to smart homes” by Autuan Goodwin at CNET – January 5, 2015
“First Click: Apple should echo Amazon with a Siri speaker” by Thomas Ricker at The Verge – January 14, 2016
Alexa – $179.99 at Amazon.com
Tech Tip
IFTT recipe for setting temperature on a NEST thermostat with Alexa
IFTT recipe for having Alexa help find your phone by calling it
iOS Kindle update version 4.16 (Not discussed on the show but worth checking out!)
Interview with Donna Foley Mabry
“How a Shy Former Avon Lady Became the Queen of Self-Publishing” by Katie McCollow at Newsweek – August 9, 2015
“How Donna Mabry Went from Seamstress to Best-Selling Author” by Miral Sattar at Bibliocrunch – October 14, 2015
The Alexandra Merritt Mystery Series Box Set (Books 1 through 5) – Kindle format, available through Kindle Unlimited
Joyce Mochrie, proofreader
The Manhattan Stories, Books 1 through 4
Maude in Kindle and Audible format
Conversations with Skip in Kindle and Audible format
Mary Ann Unger’s Matti James mysteries
The Iron Horse Chronicles by Robert Murphy
Books by James C. Logsdon: The House of James – ExPat and Romblon, and The Soul of Black Mountain, Nevada
 
Content

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TKC 388 Dave Slusher

Dave Slusher
Creator of the Evil Genius Chronicles blog and podcast
Interview starts at 10:47 and ends at 42:22

This idea that books are exempt from the rules of hoarding, that you’re supposed to be happy that you have walls and walls lined with these things? I don’t actually feel that. I feel that if I had one of those book scanners or if there was a program, if Google had a book buy-back program where I could trade them every paper copy I have for a digital copy, I would do that in a heartbeat with almost every book in this house. I would love that. That would be the greatest thing that ever happened to me.

News
“Amazon’s New Kindle Trade-In Program Includes a $20 Credit Toward a New Kindle” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – January 7, 2016
Details of Kindle Trade In program at Amazon.com
“Nook holiday sales plunge 25% to $41M as Barnes & Noble falls further behind Amazon Kindle” by Todd Bishop at GeekWire – January 7, 2016

“Amazon.com, Inc.’s Best-Selling Product in 2015” by Steve Symington at the Motley Fool – January 4, 2016
Psychotherapeutic Reiki: A Holistic Body-Mind Approach to Psychotherapy by Richard R. Curtin Jr. Click here for paperback version published via CreateSpace

“Ford partners with Amazon to connect cars with homes” by Marco della Cava at USA Today – January 5, 2016

Tech Tip
Bear Motion Premium Slim Sleeve Case Cover for Kindle Voyage – $9.89 at Amazon.com

Interview with Dave Slusher
Evil Genius Chronicles
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking (paperback) by R. Buckminster Fuller
Marvel Unlimited
Rock and Roll Geek Show hosted by Michael Butler
Babies Love album by Iron Maiden
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
Scott Sigler
Nathan Lowell
J A Konrath

The Mad at Dad Podcast with Dave Slusher and Michael Butler
 
Content
Amazon profile of Donna Mabry, author of Maude
 
Carless in Denver: Day 8
I am posting daily at my Instagram account as my wife and I continue an experiment in urban living without owning a car. So far so good. Denver turns out to have lots of transportation options that we are learning how to use efficiently.

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TKC 387 Jim Milliot

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Editorial Director at Publishers Weekly
Interview starts at 16:57 and ends at 44:32
It’s far from the death of eBooks. eBooks are a permanent part of the publishing industry, for sure. But what’s the next innovation? What’s the next mover? What’s going to come along to jumpstart it again? Publishers acknowledge that all you’ve really done so far is to put the text into a digital format.
News
“DOJ Urges Supreme Court to Deny Apple’s E-book Appeal” by Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly – December 31, 20115
“The Judge that Apple Hates” by David Margolick at Vanity Fair – May 31, 2014
Amazon’s 2015 holiday press release
“Amazon may have up to 80 million high-spendiong Prime members worldwide” by Tricia Duryee at GeekWire – September 14, 2015
Tech Tip
Thinking out loud about multi-reading
Interview with Jim Milliot
“PW’s Person of the Year: Jeff Bezos” by Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly – December 8, 2008
“New Study Finds Low Levels of Digital Library Borrowing” by Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly – November 27, 2015
Content
“The 110 Most Useful URLs for Kindle Owners” at Me and My Kindle – January 1, 2015
Next Week’s Guest
Dave Slusher, host of Evil Genius Chronicles podcast
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TKC 386 Susan Mark

Susan Mark
Publications Specialist, Wyoming State Library
 
Interview starts at 20:34 and ends at 38:51
We know that libraries will continue to evolve. The technology is changing so fast. It’s kind of hard to say how they will continue to evolve. But they are going to be out there to meet the needs of their patrons.
News
Jeff Bezos’s address to the Academy of Achievement (video) in 2001
Interview with Susan Mark
“Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits” by Pew Internet – October 23, 2012
Next Week’s Guest
Jim Milliot, editorial director of Publishers Weekly
Correction
This really is episode 386, not 388 as I state in the intro. TKC regrets the error.

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TKC 385 Charlie Tritschler

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Vice President – Amazon Devices
 
Interview starts at 18:29 and ends at 37:47
We spent two days in an off-site with Jeff going through the experience, setting up little scenarios of “Ok, here’s the customer. They’ve done’ this, they’ve done this.” And then we would go off in our own corners for 15 minutes and be that customer and then come back together and discuss “What did we think worked, what didn’t work.” Two full days  dedicated to that customer experience, thinking about what it’s going to be like for a customer to use Kindle. I thought it was an amazing example of us investing in what it takes to get it right for the customer.
News
“Amazon in talks to lease Boeing jets to launch its own air-cargo business” by Jay Greene and Dominic Gates at The Seattle Times – December 17, 2015
“Amazon’s next $400 billion opportunity” by Jilian D’Onfro at Business Insider – December 18, 2015
“Amazon to Roll Out a Fleet of Branded Trailer Trucks” by Leena Rao at Fortune – December 4, 2015
“Amazon.com Inc Just Expanded an Underappreciated Prime Perk” by Sam Mattera at The Motley Fool – December 13, 2015
Photo sharing and other Amazon Household benefits
Amazon expands Fire TV selection – press release December 17, 2015
Tech Tip
“Amazon Fire OS 5.1.1 update: Does it change anything?” by Paul St John Mackintosh at TeleRead – December 15, 2015
“First Look: Amazon’s $50 Fire tablet” by Chris Meadows at TeleRead – October 2, 2015
“My $50 Fire microSD memory problem fixed – no thanks to ES File Explorer” by Paul St John Mackintosh at TeleRead – November 29, 2015
Interview with Charlie Tritschler
“Kindle hacking, iPod parallels and a chat with the Kindle director” by Brier Dudley at The Seattle Times – November 19, 2007
Amazon Kindle – Wikipedia
Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition press release – December 7, 2015
“Amazon updates its Fire tablet to make it better for night readers” by Micah Singleton at The Verge – December 2, 2015
#wordrunner hashtag on Twitter
Content
Cancer Vixen: A True Story (Pantheon Graphic Novels) by Marisa Acocella Marchetto
Our Cancer Year by Harvey Pekar
American Splendor, the 2003 film based on the the life of Harvey Pekar – $14.99 at Amazon.com
Dave Slusher’s Evil Genius Chronicles podcast and blog
Comments
Outro
“Amazon Echo turns on Candy Cane Lane” (video) – December 13, 2015
Next Week’s Guest
Susan Mark of the Wyoming State Library

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TKC 384 Nick Lum

Nick Lum
Founder and CEO of BeeLine Reader
 
Interview starts at 14:09 and ends at 41:52
They tried it out with the first graders and found that in the control classroom the students’ reading fluency went up by about 8 points in the course of a month. In the BeeLine classroom, they went up by 14 points.
News
Leather covers by Oberon Design for Kindles and Fires
Limited Edition Premium Leather Case for Fire HD 8 – $79.99
Fire HD 8 Reader’s Edition – $249.99
“How to use Blue Shade on your Amazon Fire – but you really don’t want to” by Paul St John Mackintosh at TeleRead – December 7, 2015
“New Fire OS Bellini 5.1.1 Update Rollling Out to Some Fire Tablets” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – December 8, 2015
“Amazon’s Jeff Bezos: Let’s Send Donald Trump to Space” by Ryan Parker at Billboard.com – December 8, 2015
“The sweet rides of tech’s millionaires and billionaires” by Dave Smith at Tech Insider – November 27, 2015
Tech Tip
The Martian by Andy Weir
Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
Interview with Nick Lum
BeeLine Reader wins Tech Award
Tech Awards 2015 video on BeeLine Reader
Coverage of BeeLine Reader in Gizmodo, FastCompany, and The Verge
 
Content
Amazon Best Sellers of 2015 (So Far)
Next Week’s Guest
Susan Mark, publications specialist at the Wyoming State Library.

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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