TKC 421 Chad Post on Translations

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Publisher of Open Letter Books 

Interview starts at 15:15 and ends at 43:30

Amazon[Crossing] is filling in some of these gaps, because we haven’t for a long time seen the normal mystery book that someone picks up in Spain and reads when they go on their vacation. That’s never been translated into English, because it didn’t seem like it would make a ton of money for one of the big presses, and the small presses are looking for something that’s more patently literary. Amazon’s taken up a lot of those kind of books, which is really fascinating and fills in a wide range of what the aesthetic is in these different countries.

 

News

“Amazon plans to open a Chicago bookstore in Lakeview” by Lauren Zumbach at The Chicago Tribune – August 25, 2016

Kindle Reading Fund

Worldreader.org

Amazon Worldreader video at YouTube – August 24, 2016

“Denver Public Library is Lending Wifi Hotspots” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – August 20, 2016

Amazon press release on Amazon Vehicles – August 25, 2016

Amazon jobs listing for Sr. Product Mgr, US Books

Interview with Chad Post

Open Letter Books, the University of Rochester’s nonprofit, literary translation press

Amazon author page for Julio Cortazar

Hopscotch: A Novel by Julio Cortazar

Dalkey Archive Press

Amazon author page for Raymond Queneau

Quail Ridge Books

Rage by Zygmunt Miloszewski

The Complete Review and The Literary Saloon run by Michael Orthofer

The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction by M. A. Orthofer

Scott Esposito’s blog, Conversational Reading

2016 Best Translated Book Awards sponsored by the Amazon Literary Partnership

AmazonCrossing books

Nowhere to Be Found by Bae Suah, translated by Sora Kim-Russell

Hugo House, a place for writers

Words Without Borders

The Lannan Foundation

New Books by Open Letter:

Gesell Dome by Guillermo Saccomanno

A Greater Music by Bae Suah (to be released October 11, 2016)

Chronicle of the Murdered House by Lucio Cardoso (to be released December 13, 2016)

Content

“How to Read 50 Books a Year, in 7 Easy Steps” by Stephen Altrogge at Zapier – August 23, 2016

Next Week’s Guest

Chris Schluep, senior editor at Amazon Books

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TKC 420 Jessica Tripler on Romance

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BookRiot contributor who writes about romance novels 

Interview starts at 10:59 and ends at 42:21

We’re sort of worshipping at the temple of love, the same way that religion can help us make sense of human experience and help us to feel there’s good in the world—there’s a structure that is bending towards the good. Romance can impart that feeling and help you feel like you’re participating in the goodness of the fabric of the world. And I think that’s a real draw.

 

News

“Mysterious ‘Project X’ points to Amazon drive-up grocery store in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood” by Nat Levy and Todd Bishop at GeekWire – August 19, 2016.

Amazon Fresh

“Reinventing the Work-Life Ratio for Tech Talent” event scheduled by Amazon in Seattle for August 25.

“Amazon experiments with tech teams consisting entirely of part-time employees, with full benefits” by Monica Nickelsburg at GeekWire – August 17, 2016

“Amazon Plans to Produce Virtual Reality Originals, Job Offer Reveals” by Janko Roettgers at Variety – August 18, 2016

Amazon Studios job listing for VR Experience Development Executive

Next-generation Gear VR headset at Samsung

Tech Tip

An item from Steve in Hawaii related to Kindle Owners Lending Library

Interview with Jessica Tripler

“Why Romance Readers Love Digital Books” by Jessica Tripler at BookRiot – August 11, 2016

Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

Romance Writers of America

A Natural History of the Romance Novel by Pamela Regis

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Novels by Molly O’Keefe

The Bechdel Test

Novels by Courtney Milan

“Romancing the Data” presentation by AuthorEarnings analyst Data Guy at Romance Writers of America – July 15, 2016

Happily Ever After: the Romance Story in Popular Culture by Catherine M. Roach

Novels by Nora Roberts

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Novels by Beverly Jenkins

Novels by Farrah Rochon

Content

Goodreads All Time Favorite Romance Novels

Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

Next Week’s Guest

Chad Post, head of the University of Rochester’s Open Letter press and a champion of literature in translation.

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TKC 419 Sara Nelson

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VP & Executive Editor, HarperCollins Publishers
 
Interview starts at 18:58 and ends at 43:28
There are a lot of very serious readers at Amazon, and honestly I think that that’s something that is not understood. They don’t all work on the editorial team vetting books for Best of the Month, but we did and I assume they still are using a lot of readers from the rest of the company who are not technically on the editorial team but who are passionate about reading and who read a lot. There were some really wonderful readers and reviewers that we cherry-picked from around the company. Book love is very much alive at Amazon.
 

News

Om Malik on This Week in Tech – August 7, 2016

Wal-Mart press release on purchase of Jet.com – August 8, 2016

Om Malik’s web site

“The best reason for reading? Book lovers live longer, scientists say” by Amy Ellis Nutt at The Washington Post – August 9, 2016

 

Tech Tip

Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

Kindle Unlimited

 

Interview with Sara Nelson

“Sara Nelson Heading to HarperCollins” by Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly – June 28, 2016

HarperCollins press release announcing Sara Nelson’s hiring – June 28, 2016

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

Commonwealth: A Novel by Ann Patchet – available for pre-order with delivery September 13, 2016

Moonglow: A Novel by Michael Chabon – available for pre-order with delivery November 22, 2016

Behold the Dreamers: A Novel by Imbolo MBUE – available for pre-order with delivery August 23, 2013

 

Content

The Phil Hendrie Show

YouTube video of Phil Hendrie recording his podcast – February 10, 2015

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

 

Next Week’s Guest

Jessica Tripler, author of “Why Romance Readers Love Digital Books” at BookRiot – August 11, 2011

 

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TKC 418 Gabriella Page-Fort

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Senior Editor, AmazonCrossing

Interview starts at 17:02 and ends at 38:04

[Ayse Kulin] is one of many distinguished voices from diverse cultures that we’ve had the pleasure of publishing, and I think she’s actually a really great example of what it is that we’re trying to do here at AmazonCrossing.

News

“Target Resumes Selling Amazon’s Gadgets Four Years After Rift” by Shannon Pettypiece at Bloomberg – August 4, 2016

“Amazon to test drone delivery in partnership with UK government” by Nicky Woolf and Samuel Gibbs at The Guardian – July 25, 2016

Dromida Kodo drone

Amazon Prime Air (YouTube video) – December 1, 2013

“Amazon’s ‘Prime Air’ Cargo Plane is Ready to Deliver Your Packages” at NBC – August 5, 2016

“See Amazon’s Massive New ‘Prime Air’ Cargo Jet Plane” at Time – August 5, 2016

“Amazon’s latest weapon in the e-commerce wars: Its own air force” by Sarah Halzack at The Washington Post – August 5, 2016

Holy Stone RC dump truck  at Amazon.com

Tech Tips

Kindle Unlimited audiobooks

“7 Ways to Take Full Advantage of Your Kindle” by Joel Lee at MakeUseOf.com – August 4, 2016

Interview with Gabriella Page-Fort

“How Amazon came to dominate fiction in translation” by Alison Flood at The Guardian – December 9, 2015

Love in Exile by Ayse Kulin, translated into English by Kenneth Dakan     Kulin-Love-in-Exile-21508-CV-FT

Other books translated from Turkish into English by Kenneth Dakan

Last Train to Istanbul: A Novel by Ayse Kulin, translated into English by John W. Baker

Books by Louise Erdrich

Escape by Perihan Magden, translated by Kenneth Dakan

Ali and Ramazan by Perihan Magden, translated by Ruth Whitehouse

Farewell: A Mansion in Occupied Istanbul by Ayse Kulin, translated into English by Kenneth Dakan

Content

Rage by Zygmunt Miloszewski, translated into English by Antonia Lloyd-Jones and available for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription

Vellum – a Mac app for formatting eBooks

“Vellum Review: App offers a sleeker way to build ebooks” by Serenity Caldwell at Macworld – January 8, 2014

“Last Call for Summer Reading: 9 Books You’ll Kick Yourself for Not Picking Up” by Adrian Liang at Amazon’s Omnivoracious blog – July 28, 2016

Next Week’s Guest

Sara Nelson, Amazon’s editorial director who last month moved to HarperCollins as vice president, executive editor and special advisor to the publisher.

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TKC 417 Jeff Bezos

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At Amazon.com with the Founder and CEO 

Interview starts at 12:44 and ends at 32:05

Only when I read a truly great novel do I feel that I have lived an alternate life that might actually teach me some lessons, so that I don’t have to learn them myself. My favorite book is Remains of the Day. When I read Remains of the Day I feel like I understand extreme life regret in a way that I hopefully will never experience in my own life—I don’t want to. You get to live somebody else’s life, and it’s very hard to get that emotional closeness, I think, from any other media type, still. So I think there is a place for great books and will continue to be, hopefully forever.

Interview with Jeff Bezos recorded on July 26, 2016

Kindle

Kindle Oasis

Kindle Direct Publishing

Kindle Unlimited

Amazon Books Seattle store information page

My interview with Jane Friedman, chairman of Open Road Media – June 24, 2016

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Samsung Gear 360 camera

My interview with Donald Katz, founder and CEO of Audible – October 24, 2014

Jeff Bezos on The Kindle Chronicles 4th anniversary show – July 26, 2012

Other Links

Amazon free-banana stand

Amazon Whispercast

Amazon Books store in Seattle

Next Week’s Guest

Gabriella Page-Fort, content acquisitions manager at AmazonCrossing. She will relay answers to my emailed questions from Turkish novelist Ayse Kulin, author of Love in Exile.

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TKC 416 Mike Shatzkin

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Founder and CEO of the Idea Logical Company
Interview starts at 8:05 and ends at 34:24
I think it’s possible that we’re going to wake up in three years and say, ‘We just had another black-swan event, which is that all of the big authors that have been developed over the last five years, a big share of them are Amazon authors, because they had the runway to do that, and the way things shook out, the publishers didn’t.
News
“Bezos Tops Buffet as World’s Third-Richest on Amazon Rise” by Tom Metcalf at Bloomberg – July 21, 2016
Mark Mahaney on Amazon earnings (video) at Bloomberg – July 20, 2016
Amazon earnings webcast details for July 28, 2016 at 5:30 pm ET
Jeff Bezos in next Star Trek movie
 
Tech Tip
 
Interview with Mike Shatzkin
“These Charts Show Pokémon Go’s Ridiculous Growth” by Anne VanderMey at Fortune – July 21, 2016
Pokémon Go home page
Leonard Shatzkin obituary – American Booksellers Association May 20, 2002
 
Content
Kindle Singles Classics press release – July 19, 2016
Julian Fellows’s recommendations for Downton Abbey lovers

Comments

Overdrive apps for Android and iOS
Tom Semple’s LG Tone Infinim HBS-900 Wireless Stereo Headset – $71.86 at Amazon.com

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TKC 415 with OverDrive’s David Burleigh

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Director of Marketing & Communication at OverDrive, Inc. 

Interview starts at 15:18 and ends at 44:22

I’m happy to report that all of the Big Five publishers have made their titles available for library lending in eBook format. They’ve all been already in for their audiobook format. It’s been a couple of years now that they’ve made their decision to add their titles on the front list, mid-list and back list available to libraries. So that’s great news for readers. You’ll see all the New York Times bestsellers and all the different popular lists of titles that you should be able to find in your library.

News

“Amazon’s Prime Day is the Biggest Day Ever” – Amazon press release July 13, 2016

“Behind the Scenes of Prime Day 2016” (video)

Holy Stone RC Dump Truck Remote Control Car for my grandson Jake

“The 2016 Kindle is Complete Crap as an Accessible eReader” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – July 10, 2016

The ‘Big Change’ era in trade book publishing ended about four years ago” by Mike Shatzkin at The Shatzkin Files – July 11, 2016

Tech Tip

Denver Public Library

Interview with David Burleigh

OverDrive web site

Big Library Read

A Murder in Time: A Novel (Kendra Donovan Mysteries) by Julie McElwain

Next Week’s Guest

Mike Shatzkin, founder and CEO of the Idea Logical Company and author of a recent, highly informative blog post titled “The ‘Big Change’ era in trade book publishing ended about four years ago.”

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TKC 414 Amazon’s Mike Torres on Page Flip

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Director, Product Management – Amazon Kindle

Interview starts at 18:09 and ends at 43:26

The biggest technical challenge I would say is creating a seamless Page Flip reading experience across all of our platforms. Page Flip is available on eReaders, on Fire tablets, as well as the Kindle app for iOS and Android. Across those different experiences, we wanted to make sure that things like the performance, things like the fluidity, how it worked and how it behaved—all of those things were both tailored for the experience on the platform that it’s on, but it also felt natural, it felt simple, and it felt automatic.

 

News

The new $80 Kindle at Amazon.com

The Kindle Oasis

“Alexa, What are Your Prime Day Deals” (press release)

Amazon Prime Day is July 12, starting at midnight PT!

Meghan’s profile at amazon.jobs

“Amazon Prime Day should be much bigger this year than it was last year” by Tonya Garcia at MarketWatch – July 8, 2016

Tech Tip

The new Export Notes feature

Page Flip

Interview with Mike Torres

Amazon’s leadership principles

Word Wise on Kindle

Mike Torres’s Refocuser blog

Getting Things Done by David Allen

Todoist app

“Kindles Can Now Send Notes and Highlights Directly to Your Email” at The eBook Reader – July 3, 2016

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly

Content

Rage by Zygmunt Miloszewski (A Kindle First selection from Amazon Publishing)

“Audible Makes Some Noise” w/ Andrew Albanese at Beyond the Book podcast – July 8, 2016

Audible Channels

Next Week’s Guest

David Burleigh, director of marketing at OverDrive

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TKC 413 My Father and Grandson

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Across 80 Years, Two Book Lovers Talk Kindle

Interview starts at 23:32 and ends at 44:30

News

Amazon Inspire press release – June 27, 2016

“Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Educators” by Natasha Singer at The New York Times – June 27, 2016

“Amazon Inspire Removes Some Content Over Copyright Issues” by Natasha Singer at The New York Times – June 29, 2016

“Good News at The Washington Post” by Christopher Payne at New York Magazine – June 28, 2016

Amazon Dash Buttons press release – June 28, 2016

Amazon Prime Day – July 12, 2016

Tech Tip

Page Flip, the reimagined Kindle navigation tool

Interview with my father and my grandson

Click here to order a Kindle cover with a photo

The Boxcar Children Mysteries by Gertrude Chandler Warner – various prices for Kindle

Books by Will James

Two Little Savages by Ernest Thompson Seton

Minecraft

Books by Horatio Alger

The following books are on James’s Kindle but did not get mentioned in the interview:

The Hope Chest by Karen Schwabach

Dog Tags (Books 1-3) by C. Alexander London

The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher (sample) by Jessica Lawson

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Next Week’s Guest

Mike Torres, Amazon’s director of product management for the Kindle, who will talk about Page Flip.

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TKC 413 Publishing Visionary Jane Friedman

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Co-Founder, Chairman and Executive Publisher of Open Road Integrated Media
 
Interview starts at 15:17 and ends at 44:11
I do not think that the world of print survived and now will thrive at the expense of eBooks. I think eBooks will coexist with print, which I think is the best of all possible worlds. And I think that at the right price the revenue that one can receive from eBooks will be pretty substantial.
News
All-New Kindle in white or black with or without special offers (the link includes my Amazon Associates code and will provide a commission to support the podcast if you use it—thanks!)
“Apple E-book Refunds to Begin June 21” by Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly – June 20, 2016
“Himalayan delivery by bike for Amazon man” at Hemmel Today – June 17, 2016
Tech Tip
Interview with Jane Friedman
“Slavin Named CEO of Open Road; Friedman Becomes Chairman” by Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly – May 31, 2016
Open Road press release announcing new CEO – May 31, 2016
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead Goerge
Pat Conroy books at Open Road
Homeland on Prime Instant Video
The Affair (Showtime)
Open Road’s The Lineup site

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