TKC 99 John Just

CORRECTION – In the audio’s introduction I misstated Zoe Winters’s name but got it right in the intro to the Content section.

News – Item 1: Seth Godin‘s free advice for Amazon with reaction from Abhi and a followup interview by The Wall Street Journal. Item 2: A slippery slide on e-book market share at Steve Jobs’s WWDC keynote sparks controversy and a suggestion by Stephen Windwalker for what Jobs should have said.

Tech Tip –  Via Kes Woodward, a reminder of the joys of Instapaper and a new resource, Longform.

InterviewJohn Just, assistant superintendent for management information systems at the Pinellas County School District, visited with me by Skype on June 7 about what would apparently be the first high school in the nation to issue Kindles to all students instead of textbooks. Click here to send John a tweet with information that might be helpful in the project.

Content – Thanks to Zoe Winters, I have read my first paranormal romance in five decades as an otherwise-omnivorous reader. Kept, the first of a trio of novellas in her Blood Lust series, is a well-written, sometimes sexy, sometimes funny account of a heroine who can shift into the form of a cat and back.  Click here to listen to the full “Whiny Indie Authors” episode of her podcast that I excerpted in this TKC episode.

Comments – Tom Semple’s rebuttal to a couple of points made by James McQuivey in the interview last week, GuitarLover 1999 on the Joe Konrath interview, and Al MacDiarmid on the wonders of Calibre.

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Comments 3

  1. Zoe Winters wrote:

    Thank you for the lovely shout out! haha it’s so funny cause I’m SO twangy on my podcast (Well, in life too. I’m southern. haha). You step back and go Whoa!, that’s an accent! hehe.

    Glad you liked, Kept. Thanks!

    Posted 11 Jun 2010 at 1:50 pm
  2. Scott Nicholson wrote:

    hey, cool new resource, thanks Zoe!

    Scott Nicholson

    Posted 11 Jun 2010 at 6:51 pm
  3. Zoe Winters wrote:


    What? My crazy twangy podcast? haha! That reminds me I have an episode I need to edit and post.

    Posted 14 Jun 2010 at 11:12 am

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