TKC 151 Susan Orlean

News – 1) The Kindle could account for 10 percent of Amazon’s total revenue next year, a top financial analyst opines. 2) The Great Kindle Sunshine Deals sale is chasing away the high-cost-ebook blues.  3) Apple blinks, sort of.

Tech Tip – Text-to-speech controls only a Mother could love? Not really, but in a special appearance by my mother, 82, on the podcast, she gives me a chance to clear up what may be some common problems.

InterviewSusan Orlean, a staff writer at The New Yorker offers a glimpse into the exciting and often daunting opportunities available to an author who has succeeded in traditional publishing but is actively exploring new media, including Twitter and Facebook.  Susan’s hit Kindle Single, Animalish, is a stylish and original essay about her relationships with animals, from a mouse to a lion and everything in between. Her new book about the life and legend of Rin Tin Tin is available for preorder on Kindle, as is a Kindle title previously available in hardcover and paperback,  The Orchid Thief.  We spoke by Skype on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Click here for a feature on Susan’s Kindle Single in The New York Times.

Content – If you want to read about the adventures of James Bond on e-book, you only have one choice: the Kindle Store.

Comments – Mark notes the success of independent authors on the Kindle platform and the arrival of a brand-new online science fiction magazine, Lightspeed.

Upcoming – I will be presenting a webinar titled “Formatting Content for E-Readers” on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 2 p.m. EDT, sponsored by the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA).  It will last a half hour including questions.  It’s free, but spaces are limited.  Click here to register. I hope you’ll stop by!


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Comments 4

  1. Sridhar Sathya wrote:

    Hear to your podcast regularly and thanks for keeping us up-to-date regarding the latest developments with Kindle.

    Based on interviews you conducted during the past 4 to 5 months I tend to believe that you are in support of Amazon auto-delivers or provide updates to books to fix typo errors, minor updates to chapters within the book, or update it based on current events.

    Though I like this idea, and would be thrilled if Amazon would send such updates for free or fractional cost, I do not think it will work in many cases.

    1. Cross references or hyperlinks within the book will not work unless the whole book is refreshed; technical book authors always sight to topics mentioned in earlier chapters/pages/location.
    2. If I’d prepare a document sighting location number in the document – it would be difficult to keep my document up to date. Worse I have a refreshed document and the reader would have an aged document.
    3. Even if I’m reading a novel, if the book would get refreshed when I’m half way across the book it’ll disrupt my reading; should I go back to see what the updates are or continue reading. This will become more painful if the updates are done frequently.
    4. Say I’m reading today a book published in 2007 about Afghan war and I’m in the tail end of the book. In 2007 many of the rebels/terrorists were still alive and if the book is refreshed today the book could have an unusual reading experience.

    I’d prefer a book, once published, should remain unaltered and any updates to the book should be sent as supplements to the book.

    Posted 14 Jun 2011 at 1:15 pm
  2. Andrys wrote:

    That is definitely one of the best TKC Podcast images ever! Content, photography, and color.

    Posted 15 Jun 2011 at 11:41 pm
  3. Bruce wrote:


    I want your email address to discuss Kindle underline issues which you discussed in a previous podcast. I can’t find the address on this site. I know you mention it during the podcasts, but I usually listen in the car, and never seem to be able to stop and write it down.



    Posted 17 Jun 2011 at 6:58 pm
  4. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Bruce, it’s PodChronicles AT gmail

    Posted 20 Jun 2011 at 9:37 am