TKC 338 Andy Weir

Andy WeirAuthor of The Martian

Interview starts at 11:39 and ends at 38:29

More people bought it from Amazon than downloaded it for free from my site, which just goes to show you how deep into the market Amazon reaches and how good they are at selling books. That got it up into the Top Sellers lists, so it got up to the Top 10 SciFi titles, and that really starts to snowball, because  once you’re there people are like “I want a new book. I don’t know what I want. I want something SciFi. What are the Top 10 sellers in SciFi?” Once you start to break into that list you really start to sell a lot.

News

Amazon Echo

Here is the dedicated Echo Support phone line number: 877-375-9365

“Amazon Launches Kindle Textbook Creator”  (Amazon press release) January 22, 2105

“Amazon launches Kindle textbook tool to compete with iBooks Author” by Laura Hazard Owen at Gigaom – January 22, 2015

Download page for Kindle Textbook Creator

Tech Tips

Amazon’s Matchmaker tool for finding Audible versions of your Kindle books (requires log in to your Amazon account)

Interview with Andy Weir

The Martian: A Novel

“The Martian Has Quietly Put Together A Home Run, A-List Cast” by Mike Reyes at CinemaBlend

Top Science Fiction titles in Kindle format at Amazon.com

Content

Transparent series will be free for non-Amazon Prime members on Saturday January 23, 24, 2015 – press release

Vox Tablet podcast interview with Norman Lear – December 2, 2105

Loss at Sea: A Solo Circumnavigation by Eric Loss

The Man in the High Castle – pilot based on a novel by Philip K. Dick

Next Week

Seth Godin and more from Digital Book World

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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Is Amazon the Reader’s Friend? – Liveblog

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I took a wrong turn on the subway and reached Brooklyn before I realized I was a long way from the Kaufman Center in Manhattan. I arrived late at the Intelligence Squared debate on the resolution “Amazon is the Reader’s Friend.”

We are now into questions from the audience. It’s been a fantastic discussion, organized in classic debate style with some innovations introduced by the steady, savvy moderator, John Donvan.

Arguing for the resolution are author Joe Konrath and journalist Matthew Yglesias. Arguing against are author Scott Turow and Franklin Foer, former editor of The New Republic. Here’s what’s happening…

 

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Should/Can Amazon Be Constrained? – DBW Liveblog

Next up: what promises to be a lively panel discussion moderated by Ken Auletta of The New Yorker. The topic is “Should Amazon be Constrained and Can They Be?” The panelists are Barry Eisler, author of The Detachment; Annie Lowrey, a journalist at New York Magazine, and Barry Lynn of the New America Foundation.

Mike Shatzkin this morning said that one of the decisions that took the most time in planning Digital Book World’s sixth annual conference was what order to put the options in the title of this panel. Can Amazon be constrained, or Should Amazon be constrained. Not sure why they went with the latter as first in the title.

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Authors Survey at Digital Book World – Liveblog

Jane Friedman, publisher of Scratch Magazine, is moderating a panel discussion titled “Authors Facing the Industry: 2015 Digital Book World & Writer’s Digest Author Survey Results.” Here we go…

 

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TKC 337 Russ Grandinetti at Digital Book World

Grandinetti at DBW

Amazon’s senior vice president for Kindle

We can all observe the fact that in every single digital media category subscriptions is playing an important role—in music, in movies, in newspapers—you cannot find a digital medium where subscription isn’t a model that succeeds at some level, and I don’t think books will be immune to this. Immune is even the wrong word, because it makes it sound like they’re necessarily a bad thing, and I don’t think that’s true. So what we need to do is think about how subscription can be a great value for the customers who participate but grow the business and be incremental to it.

Digital Book World 2015 agenda

“Kindle Head Russ Grandinetti Offers the View from Amazon at Digital Book World 2015” at Digital Book World – January 14, 2015

My liveblog of Russ Grandinetti’s presentation at Digital Book World

“Russ Grandinetti: Consumers Spend More on eBooks After Joining Kindle Unlimited” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – January 14, 2015

“Amazon is the Reader’s Friend,” a debate on January 15, 2015, to be hosted by Intelligence Squared at the Kaufman Center, 129 West 67th Street in New York

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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Apple’s iBooks Director at Digital Book World: Liveblog

Next up (at 11:35 am EST) at Digital Book World is Keith Moerer, director of Apple’s iBooks Store. He will be interviewed by Michael Cader, founder of Publishers Lunch.

The DBW program says the iBooks Store is the second largest bookseller in the world, but I happen to be sitting at a table with an expert who says otherwise. Thad McIlroy, author of The Future of Publishing, says Nook still has a 17 percent share of the eBook market, though that is dwindling quickly and will probably disappear completely in Thad’s view. He puts the iBooks share at 10 percent. Kindle is more than 60 percent.

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Ken Auletta at Digital Book World: Liveblog

Ken Auletta, who will moderate a hot panel later today titled “Should Amazon be Constrained and Can They Be?”, is up next with his own presentation, titled : “Publishing and Other Media in a World of Engineers.”

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Seth Godin at Digital Book World – Liveblog

Seth GodinLegendary big thinking marketer and author Seth Godin takes the stage at Digital Book world, for a conversation with Michael Cader, founder of Publishers Lunch, and Mike Shatzkin, founder and CEO of The Idea Logical Company.

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I hope to catch Seth Godin after the panel for a brief interview that will be included in next week’s Kindle Chronicles podcast. Enjoy!

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Blue Sky for eBooks at Digital Book World – Liveblog

IMG_20150114_161100This is the last panel of the day that I will liveblog at Digital Book World. I stepped into the room just in time to hear a favorite big thinker, Peter Meyers, author of Breaking the Page.

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Separating Hope from Hype on Book Subscriptions – Liveblog

Here’s a panel at Digital Book World titled “Subscriptions for eBooks: How is it working out?” We will hear from Scribd, Oyster and two publishers using them. No one is here representing Kindle Unlimited from Amazon.

 

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