TKC 101 Russ Grandinetti

News – On the longest day of the year, this week saw one of the shortest price wars in memory, the Seven-Hour E-Reader War between Barnes & Noble and Amazon.  Who won? I’d say Amazon did, by undercutting the nook’s new price by $10, at $189 compared with $199 for the nook.  Om Malik and CrunchGear both suggest Amazon’s winning ways are likely to continue. (Thanks to Nate the Great for his tweet answering my question about how long the war lasted.)

Tech Tip – More about Collections and how to change your primary dictionary in Kindle software 2.5.2.

Interview – Russ Grandinetti, Amazon’s Vice President for Kindle Content, on June 23rd talked to me from Seattle about authors as customers, ePub, blog subscriptions, Harry Potter, and more.

Content – As we begin our stay at the beach, I’m passing along what looks like a promising beach read – To Speak for the Dead by Paul Levine, the first of his thriller-novel Jake Lassiter series, now available on Kindle for $2.99, 20 years after it was first published.

Comments – Dan Meyers on Instapaper, Jim Corkrum on Instapaper in Collections (not), Ron Mertens on e-book numbers, Andrys Basten on e-book numbers, and Ann Miner on her son’s avid Kindle reading. Also: Maurice Lawles with a link to his post about the Kindle and nook price decreases, and ePub.

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Comments 3

  1. A reader wrote:

    I bought a refurbished Kindle DX last week for $390. The original was $489. I had to buy an AC plug separately because the item didn’t have one.

    And couple of days later they sell the newest one for $379!

    This is cheating! Amazon just dumped the old crap for $390 and this week they’re selling the new items. They should have released the new Kindle first and then sell the old crap.

    Amazon is not even responding to my calls.

    Amazon sucks!

    Posted 02 Jul 2010 at 6:59 am
  2. neil baldwin wrote:

    russ – and other kindle fans – and backlist authors like myeself – cut and past this link into your browser!–_and.html

    Posted 22 Jul 2010 at 6:41 am
  3. Paul Levine wrote:

    Last summer, you were kind enough to cover the 20th anniversary ebook reprint of “To Speak for the Dead,” with all proceeds going for cancer treatment at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

    The book hit number one on Kindle’s hardboiled bestseller and raised thousands of dollars for the Four Diamonds Fund. Now, I’m doing it again. “Flesh & Bones” is now an e-book, specially priced at $.99, with all royalties going to the Fund, whose goal is “Conquering Childhood Cancer.”

    Please contact me with questions or to receive:

    “Flesh & Bones” e-book review copy;

    “Levine vs. Lassiter,” in which I interview my fictional protagonist.

    “Jake Lassiter is Back,” discussing the return of the series, both as e-books reprints and the forthcoming hardcover, “Lassiter.” (Bantam, September).

    What’s the Verdict on “Flesh & Bones?”

    “Jake Lassiter has a lot more charisma than Perry Mason ever did.” – Miami Herald

    “Levine’s Jake Lassiter novels can’t come fast enough.” –Kirkus

    “Mystery writing at its very, very best.” – Larry King, USA TODAY

    Paul Levine
    More info at
    (818) 505-1220

    Posted 09 Jun 2011 at 12:34 pm