TKC 316 Ripley MacDonald

Ripley fromAmazon’s Director of Student Programs

Interview starts at 15:59

Everything that’s available on Amazon is available at the Purdue Student Store. The way to think about it is, once you’ve activated the co-branding or entered Purdue mode, you are really experiencing a personalized version of the Amazon site. But the products, selection, and pricing are all the same. One example of the personalization, the most obvious one, is the branding in the upper right-hand corner, but if you go to a textbook detail page, a textbook that’s adopted at Purdue, you’ll actually see information on that page about which classes use that book at Purdue. So we use this personalization to drive features and experiences like that for students.

Show Notes and Links:

Intro

The Legend of Korra on Prime Instant Video

News

Amazon’s Readers United web site

Transformations: Stories from Authors, Innovators, and Small Businesses Thriving on Amazon - free

Nickel Plated by Aric Davis

“Amazon’s Fan Fiction Site, Kindle Worlds, Is Flopping, but Why?” by Emma Cueto at Bustle – August 19, 2014

Tech Tip

Books with Narration in Kindle Unlimited

OtterBox Defender Series Protective Case for Kindle Paperwhite – $69.95

Interview with Ripley MacDonald

“Purdue, Amazon to offer students savings on textbooks, provide first-ever on-campus pickup services” at Purdue University News – August 13, 2014

Amazon Campus information page

Purdue Boilermaker accessories at the Purdue Amazon Store

“Books from Amazon in Person” by Carl Straumsheim at Inside Higher Ed – August 14, 2014

Content

Toontastic iPad app by Launchpad Toys

“Dr Scott & the Robot” cartoon created with my grandson

Comments

Post by Andromeda Romano-Lax at 49 Writers

Steam video games site

Next Week’s Guest

Julie Blattberg, executive director of consumer engagement at Open Road Media

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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CORRECTION: The audio says this episode is for Friday, August 29, 2014. I got a week ahead of myself. It’s actually for August 22.

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TKC 315 Jason Boog

JasonOliveBoog

Author of Born Reading (with daughter Olive)

Interview starts at 11:27

I knew then that I had come up with a pretty good mix. I knew she had a print book that she liked, and I knew she had an audiobook that she liked, and I knew she had something on the iPad that she could do that would help expand that experience. Anything that you can do to give your child more that they love, to make that experience of reading continue—anything you can do to do that, that’s the important thing.

Show Notes and Links:

News

“Purdue, Amazon to offer students savings on textbooks, provide first-ever on-campus pickup services” at Purdue University News – August 13, 2014

Amazon Campus information page

Purdue Boilermaker accessories at the Purdue Amazon Store

“Books from Amazon in Person” by Carl Straumsheim at Inside Higher Ed – August 14, 2014

“Bookstore Sales Fell 7.9% in First Half of 2014” at Publishers Weekly – August 13, 2014

Tech Tip

Mayday Frequently Asked Questions

OneLook Dictionary Search

Legal definition of monopoly

Interview with Jason Boog

Jason Boog’s web site

Born Reading web site

Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age—From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between by Jason Boog – $10.37 on Kindle

F Is for Farm by Roger Priddy

American Sign Language sign for “more”

LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow website

Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Wilems

Toontastic iPad app by Launchpad Toys

Toontastic Jr. Pirates Puppet Theater

Disney’s Frozen on Amazon Instant Video

Frozen Little Golden Book (Disney)

Tchaikovsky: Album for the Young, The Snow Queen at iTunes and Amazon mp3 store

Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales – First Series (including “The Snow Queen”) at Project Gutenberg

My Story app for iPad

“How – and why – to turn your kid into a bookworm” by Lisa Napoli at KCRW blog (includes audio of interview including Olive)

For questions about anything in Jason Boog’s new book, he invites you to email him at JasonBoog AT Gmail.com

Bartleby & Co. by Enrique Vila-Matas – $9.99 on Kindle, $13.13 in paperback

The Fancy Nancy series by Jane O’Connor on Kindle Audible, and OverDrive

Content

100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime - compiled by the Amazon Book Editors

Goodreads readers’ ranking of the 100 Children’s books

Open Road Media newsletter subscriptions

Simon & Schuster’s Off the Shelf newsletter

Open Road Media titles available through Kindle Unlimited

Next Week’s Guest

Ripley MacDonald, Amazon Director of Student Programs

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 314 Juli Monroe

juli01

Editor of TeleRead

Interview starts at 18:34

I think Amazon has done a better PR job. I think that they’re going to end up getting what they want, because I think Hachette needs them more than Amazon needs Hachette.

Show Notes and Links:

News

“Safari Begins Next Chapter as an O’Reilly Media Company” by Andrew Savikas at Safari’s blog – August 4, 2014

“O’Reilly Acquires Pearson’s Stake in Safari Books Online Ebook Subscription Service, Now Sole Owner” at Digital Book World – August 4, 2014

“Sony admits defeat in e-reader battle with Amazon” by Matthew Sparkes at The Telegraph – August 5, 2014

“David Streitfeld – An Embarrassment to the New York Times” by J. A. Konrath – August 8, 2014

“Plot Thickens as 900 Writers Battle Amazon” (excerpts of Streitfeld piece at The Passive Voice blog, with commentary by David P. Vandagriff) – August 8, 2014

“Authors Are Being Hoodwinked” by Hugh Howey – August 8, 2014

“Amazon offers Prime members video credit for slower shipping” by Lance Whitney at CNET – July 30, 2014

CORRECTION: In the audio, I mention that Amazon expects a net loss of about $800 million in the current quarter. That’s actually the high end of a range the company described for the expected quarterly loss – from $410 million to $810 million.

“New Kindle Helps Readers Show Off By Shouting Title of Book Loudly and Repeatedly” video at The Onion

Tech Tip

OtterBox Defender protective case for Paperwhite - $59.99 at Amazon.com. Note: I neglected to mention this in the audio. The case arrived, and it’s certainly good protection if you plan on throwing your Paperwhite around in a boat or something. For anything like ordinary use, it’s overkill, and much heavier than the standard Amazon Paperwhite case. Well-designed, though, and perhaps useful in some situations.

Clippings.io - still in progress, a potentially very helpful way to access your Kindle annotations

Interview with Juli Monroe

1 to 1 Discovery for business coaching services

TeleRead

The Case of the Reincarnated Lover (The Warlock Case Files Book 3) by Juli Monroe – $3.99 on Kindle

The Enthusiastic Networker by Juli Monroe – $5.99 on Kindle

Baen Books

Tor and Forge imprints of Macmillan

“Will the acquisition of Booklamp make Apple a credible Amazon competitor?” by Juli Monroe at TeleRead – August 6, 2014

“The Third Front – Apple Enters the Fray” by William Richards – July 31, 2014

Content

Here are some recommended comiXology titles, with comments by listener Casey Huebner:

Mouse Guard - Lovely stories of a field of mice, their civilization, and war against predators.

Edison Rex - This comes from MonkeyBrain Comics. They are a digital only house that helps independent stories get told. Edison Rex is a classic superman story, but what if the bad guy discovers that the superhero really is a ticking time bomb sent to destroy us?

Batman - DC rebooted all their comics in 2011. This is Batman #1 from the reboot. Oh it is so good. Writer Scott Snyder and Artist Greg Capullo have been at the top of their game for the last three years on this book. The batman book is quite often the biggest seller of the month.

Batman ’66 - I didnt want to include two Batman comics, but I have a reason. First, this comic is great because it is the campy 60′s TV show version of Batman. Secondly, it is digital-only, and what they did instead of panning the comic from panel to panel is they have the art stay the same and the word bubbles pop up. Really a great new way to do comics.

Daredevil and Hawkeye - I am not a Marvel comics fan. I like the idea of the characters and the movies more than the regular comics. But I have to include some Marvel. These two titles have a lot more going for them then any of the X-Men or Avengers comics. although we are getting a new Thor, and it’s a woman. So I may have to buy into the hype and pick that one up.

The Walking Dead - The best Zombie comic out there, it’s what spawned the show. And the first issue is free.

Saga - Ok for mature readers only, but it is one of the most critically acclaimed comics out there currently. Game of thrones in space.

Godzilla Half Century War - This is kinda the best Godzilla story line ever!

Pax Romana - This is a great great story that I wish was just a book, as the comic is unnecessary. What if the Vatican discovered time travel and sent 5,000 elite troops back in time in order to ensure the domination of the Roman Catholic church?

And for the Fire Phone: Dropbox!

And the winner of the Nexus 7 is…

I used random.org to select the 253rd name on my list of 276 people who have signed up to receive the free Kindle Chronicles email newsletter. If you were a subscriber as of Friday afternoon, August 8th, you were eligible to win the Nexus 7. I announce the winner at the end of this episode.

Music for this episode of the podcast was provided by my talented cousins staying at the cottage next door at Ocean Park. Thank you, Stuart, Jim, Andy, Gail, and Bruce!

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TKC 313 Andrew Savikas

andrewsavikas

CEO of Safari Books Online

Interview starts at 20:55

I don’t have any firsthand knowledge about how things have looked on the Kindle Unlimited side, though it’s certainly notable that for now, at least, I don’t think any of the Big Five trade publishers are participating.

Show Notes and Links:

News

“ComiXology now offers DRM-free comic backups, but only from select publishers” by Sean Buckley at Engadget – July 25, 2014

“Comixology CEO Explains New DRM-Free Backup Program” by Brigid Alverson at comicbookresources.com – July 24, 2014

Wool: The Graphic Novel by Hugh Howey – at ComiXology

Paperwhite software update - 5.4.5

Read While Your Book Ships feature of new Paperwhite 5.4.5 software update

Amazon Books Team update on Hachette Impasse - July 29, 2014

“The Industry View – Amazon vs. Hachette” Q&A with Irish author David Gaughran

Fire Phone vs. iPhone 5s - Why I made the switch

Todoist list app for Fire

Tech Tip

OtterBox Defender protective case for Paperwhite - $59.99 at Amazon.com

Clippings.io - in progress, a potentially very helpful way to access your Kindle annotations

Interview with Andrew Savikas

My interview with Andrew Savikas in February, 2010, for The Reading Edge podcast

“Digital Books and the New Subscription Economy” - Book Industry Study Group

Content

The Painter by Peter Heller – $10.99 on Kindle

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller – $8.26 on Kindle

High as the Horses’ Bridles by Scott Cheshire, noted at Omnivoracious

How You Can Win a Nexus 7

If you have not signed up to receive the free Kindle Chronicles email updates, you might want to do so in time to be eligible for a free, very slightly used Nexus 7 tablet. I plan to draw a winner next week from among the names of everyone who is subscribed to the list. You will see the signup form in the right column of this page.

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 312 Stephen Windwalker

Photo by Betty Scharf

Photo by Betty Scharf

Creator of Kindle Nation Daily and BookGorilla

Interview starts at 9:23

I don’t think their market [for Fire phone] is people who don’t have a smartphone now. I think it’s people who have some version of an Android phone or an iPhone, and they’re committed Amazon customers. I would expect that 75 percent of their sales, just to pick a number out of thin air, could well be people who are Amazon Prime members.

Show Notes and Links:

Intro

Quilts by Susan Carlson

“Dear Jeff Bezos (One-Week Kindle Review)” by Robert Scoble – November 25, 2007

News

“Amazon Fire Phone: A good phone that needs another layer of polish”by Hayley Tsukayama at The Washington Post - July 23, 2014

“Early reviews very chilly concerning Amazon’s Fire Phone” by Luke Dormehl at Cult of Android – July 23, 2014

My unboxing video of the Fire Phone – July 23, 2014

1Mobile.com

Tech Tip

More on how to use Kindle Page Flip on the Paperwhite.

Interview with Stephen Windwalker

Kindle Nation Daily

Book Gorrilla

“Holt’s Legend grows with Superman-like grab” by Ian Browne at MLB.com – June 18, 2014

Credo Mobile

2048 Deluxe - free game at Apps for Android store

Free BookGorilla app for Kindle Fire and Fire Phone

Content

The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle by J. Glenn Gray, with introduction by Hannah Arendt – $15.87 in paperback at Amazon.com

Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt – $9.99 on Kindle

The Human Condition (2nd Edition) by Hanna Arendt – $9.00 on Kindle.

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg – free on Kindle

Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow – $7.99 on Kindle

“A Note to Our Readers” by The Editors of The New Yorker – from the July 28, 2014 issue

“The New Yorker Stores  Stories You Should Read Before the Paywall Goes Up” by Eliza Berman and Slate Staff at Slate – July 22, 2014

Send to Kindle browser extension for Chrome

Next Week’s Guest

Andrew Savikas, CEO of Safari Books Online and a director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), which recently released a comprehensive report titled Digital Books and the New Subscription Economy.

How You Can Win a Nexus 7

If you have not signed up to receive the free Kindle Chronicles email updates, you might want to do so in time to be eligible for a free, very slightly used Nexus 7 tablet. I will draw a winner in a couple of weeks from among the names of everyone who is subscribed to the list. You will see the signup form in the right column of this page.

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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Sun Test: iPhone 5S versus Amazon Fire Phone

 

One of the benefits Jeff Bezos claimed for the Amazon Fire Phone is that its screen would be easier to read in direct sunlight than existing smartphones. Today I took my Fire phone review unit and my iPhone 5S outside to compare the screens. I took the photo above with a real camera, my Nikon Coolpix S8000, and I think it shows slightly better readability on the Fire. In real life, I thought the advantage was greater than what you see here. I was reading the same Business Insider article on each device. On the iPhone, the contrast was not as good as on the Fire. The text on the Fire seemed to “pop” a little more. I won’t say it’s a huge difference, but it’s noticeable.

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Unboxing Video of Kindle Fire Phone

My very first impressions of the Kindle Fire phone? Mayday rocks. I tapped through to my first question and answer within five minutes of firing up the phone. Will I really cancel my iPhone contract with Verizon and rely on the Fire as my only phone? Not yet. I will be toting two phones for a while. I’ll have more in this week’s episode of the Kindle Chronicles, but one disappointment is that auto-scroll does not work on Kindle books, only on web pages. I’ve heard from Amazon that this will be remedied in a software update this fall.

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TKC 311 Linda Grant

Linda Grant - credit Judah Passow

Novelist, Journalist, Author of “I Murdered My Library”

Interview starts at 23:05

I was sitting, reading this novel on my Kindle. And I thought, actually, this is a perfect medium for this particular book [In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut], which had a very pared-down writing style. And I did have this very, very eerie sense that instead of the Kindle interfering with my ability to read the book, it made it a much purer experience. (Photo by Judah Passow)

Show Notes and Links:

Intro

“How to Get Back in Your Scull after Flipping,” YouTube video posted by Calm Waters Rowing

News

Kindle Unlimited video

Amazon press release announcing Kindle Unlimited – July 18, 2014

Looking for Ginger North by John Dunning – $8.99 on Kindle; free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers

No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline by Brian Tracy – $9.99 on Kindle; free for Kindle Unlimited

I’m with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie by Pamela Des Barres – $9.39 on Kindle

“Les Moonves and Jim Lanzone on Aero, Latin America, and CBS’s Future” by Megan McCarthy at Fortune – July 15, 2014 (includes video of comments about Amazon and Simon & Schuster at about 15:00)

Tech Tip

My 3 a.m. epiphany in how to use Kindle Page Flip on the Paperwhite.

Interview with Linda Grant

I Murdered My Library by Linda Grant – $2.99 at Kindle Singles

“Linda Grant: ‘ I have killed my books’” in The Guardian – May 16, 2014

Linda Grant interviewed on BBC about her latest novel, Upstairs at the Party

Linda Grant on Twitter

In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut – $7.99 on Kindle

Nemesis by Philip Roth -$9.99 on Kindle

Upstairs at the Party by Linda Grant (at amazon.co.uk)

Content

Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone – $9.99 on Kindle

The Walk by Lee Goldberg – $5.99 on Kindle; free for Kindle Unlimited

Hidden by Catherine McKenzie – $1.99 on Kindle; free for Kindle Unlimited

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 310 David H. Rothman

RothmanCreator of TeleRead and LibraryCity

Interview starts at 15:48

Everyone, I think, would be better off if we replaced DRM [Digital Rights Management] with either no “protection” at all, or else social DRM, which in this case means imprinting the readers’ identities at the starts of books. The advantage of this is that books would no longer be siloed. Nook books could be read on Kindle and vice versa. At any rate, I think DRM has been one of the major barriers.

Show Notes and Links:

News

“Amazon makes an offer to Hachette authors” by Hayley Tsukayama in The Washington Post – July 8, 2014

“Authors Guild Weighs In on Amazon-Hachette Dispute” by Judith Rosen at Publishers Weekly – July 10, 2014

“Gatecrashing the Cozy Consensus on Amazon” by David Gaughran at Let’s Get Visible – July 6, 2014

“Amazon wants an exception from FAA drone restrictions” by Brian Fung in The Washington Post – July 11, 2014

Tech Tip

How to upload photos from your iPhone to Amazon Cloud Drive Photos app on your iPhone

Interview David H. Rothman

“Information Access for All” by David H. Rothman in Computerworld – July 6, 1992

The Silicon Jungle by David H. Rothman (Paperback, published in 1995)

The Solomon Scandals: A Novel by David H. Rothman (2009) – $2.99 on Kindle

David H. Rothman’s author page at Amazon.com

TeleRead: News & Views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

LibraryCity

Digital Public Library of America

Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA)

“Cell Phone Book Clubs: A Way for Libraries to Promote Literacy, Technology, Family and Community” by David H. Rothman at LibraryCity – July 7, 2014

Nextdoor.com

The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope – 99 cents on Kindle

Content

101. Under the Dome - Behind the Scenes Season Premiere with Stephen King

Click here for lots of good deals on Kindle books for your summer reading pleasure.

Books suggested by listener Guven Witteveen (prices have gone up since sale mentioned on show):

   Reading Like a Writer (P.S.) by Francine Prose – $10.23 on Kindle

   The Writing Life by Annie Dillard – $9.78 on Kindle

   Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin – $3.99 on Kindle

   Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett – $9.78 on Kindle

   This Will Make You Smarter: 150 New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking by John Brockman – $8.81 on Kindle

“Amazon Announces Five Finalists in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest” - press release July 8, 2014

Click here to read excerpts of finalists’ books and vote. Voting ends July 18, 2014.

Humble Bundle SciFi Book Bundle

July Must-Reads selected by Amazon’s book editors

Next Week’s Guest

Linda Grant, author of the Kindle Single I Murdered My 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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TKC 309 David P. Vandagriff

David Vandagriff

Contracts Attorney and Creator of The Passive Voice blog

Interview starts at 22:32

“Predatory pricing” sounds good to people who don’t really understand that law very well. But I don’t see anything in Amazon’s behavior that would support that. I think a predatory-pricing antitrust action would would get kicked out of court, because where are the big price increases that Amazon is asking for? The antitrust laws are not designed to protect particular companies or particular groups of companies in a business. They’re designed to protect competition and protect consumers. I think it’s inarguable that consumers love Amazon and that Amazon treats consumers, its customers, extremely well.

Show Notes and Links:

News

“eReaders, wearables endangered species” by Chris Griffith at The Australian – July 3, 2014

Forrester Research World eReader and eBook Forecast, 2012 to 2017 (Global) by Michael O’Grady

“James Patterson and others debate Amazon.com” by the Associated Press at The Washington Post - July 2, 2014

“Authors Weigh in on Amazon, Hachette Dispute” by Hayley Tuskayama at The Washington Post – July 3, 2014

“Authors Take Opposite Sides on Hachette, Amazon Spat” by Lynn Neary at National Public Radio blog (no audio) – July 3, 2014

To Thank Our Readers - Hugh Howey’s petition on behalf of Amazon at Change.org

Tech Tips

Nathan with eBookReader.com shows how to avoid Special Offers page on Paperwhite (Video)

CORRECTION: I stated the URL of the eBookReader site incorrectly on the podcast. It’s actually blog.the-ebook-reader.com

“Kindle Paperwhite Tips and Shortcuts Guide” at eBookReader.com – October 28, 2012

Love My Fire blog – with tip on how to load Google Play apps to Kindle Fire

Interview David P. Vandagriff

The Passive Voice blog

“Amazon: Business as Usual” – video of the complete forum discussion on July 1, 2014 at the New York Public Library

“Two Different Worlds” - David Vandagriff’s blog post on NYPL Forum – July 2, 2014

Author Earnings web site on self-published author earnings

Content

Joyland (Hard Case Crime) by Stephen King – $6.59 on Kindle

Hard Case Crime titles available at the Kindle Store

The Comedy is Finished by Donald E. Westlake – $6.83 on Kindle ($10.99 on Nook)

Songs of Innocence by Richard Aleas – $5.79 on Kindle

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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