TKC 160 Steven Lewis

News – 1) Amazon releases its impressive Kindle Cloud Reader, with audio from Cali Lewis and a review by Jason Snell. 2) Timothy Ferriss signs a deal to publish his next blockbuster, The 4-Hour Chef, with Amazon’s upstart New York publishing arm, as reported by The New York Times. 3) Take that, you Kindle spammers! Good enough for ’em, I say.

Tech Tip – I ran into trouble updating my Kindle for Mac application, perhaps because I’m running the 10.7.1 version of Lion, but it works fine on Darlene’s computer running Snow Leopard.  Have you had any trouble updating Kindle for PC?  The updates add the ability to create collections or import them from your Kindle.

Interview (Starts at 15:39) – I had a great Skype connection from Maine to Australia this week with Steven Lewis, whose Taleist blog and associated resources help writers become authors through self-publishing on the Kindle platform. Click here to see the e-books he’s published himself, including some great walking guides of his home town, Sydney. A journalist and writer for nearly 20 years, Steven has written for The Financial Times, Esquire, GQ, and the International Herald Tribune, among others.

Content – In advance of my planned interview with author Steven Pressfield next month, you might want to check out two books he’s published this year, The Warrior Ethos and The Profession: A Thriller.  Both highly recommended.

Next Week – I will upload the second of my workshop presentations at the Professional Outdoor Media Association in Ogden, Utah, on August 13, 2011.  It’s titled “Making Money with E-Books.”

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Comments 3

  1. Richard Askenase wrote:

    I very much enjoyed your interview with Mr. Lewis, not least because my wife and I spent a fantastic week in Sydney a few years ago, which he talks about, as well as some time in north Australia near the Great Barrier reef.

    Apparently, he has written some “walking tours”, including the area known as “The Rocks” on Sydney (it is really original European Sydney in its origins) where we spent much time wandering around. (Note that it is not very large.) We did NOT have his kindle books then, because I actually bought my first kindle right AFTER that trip.

    That was because, although a kindle is great for traveling, I was afraid that my new toy would interfere with my enjoyment for that great country (AND the re-union with my wife’s family in Northern Australia). So I held off buying my Kindle until after I got back from the trip.

    As regards walking tour books though, I really like them but disagree with Lewis as to it being too wordy (standing for 5 minutes in front of a building reading about it). What I do is read the walking tour the night before the walk, and then read it through again (briefly) while actually on the tour. this is what we have done in Venice, Florence and London, and that works quite well.

    We do expect to get back to Australia in a few years (my wife’s brother and his family are scattered throughout) and I will pick up Lewis’ walking books when I do.

    One final thing that I really like to do before I travel, is to read quite a bit of fiction (and some history/culture books) about the place I’m going to, which helps me get in the spirit of the place. I did a Lot of that for Venice, which was quite fun. (The Donna Leon Brunnetti detective novels take place there), and we stumbled on many locations in the books that I had read. Did you do that for your African safari trip (read some Wilbur Smith, for example?)

    Posted 22 Aug 2011 at 2:35 pm
  2. Jerry Loza wrote:

    My question is about the topic I think you referred to as spamming (people posting a lot of similar content, & Amazon cracking down). What is this? Are people just re-publishing other’s content. Isn’t there a copyright issue? Isn’t that pirating? Or is this public domain stuff? (When researching for my ebook (still in process) I saw a book about someone who published other’s content for free. Sounding too much like “free lunch” I passed on it.)

    I guess more to the point, do I need some other protects when I actually do pub my book?

    Thanks. (sorry for being long winded)

    Posted 30 Aug 2011 at 10:22 am
  3. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Jerry, The Kindle spam issue relates to people who assemble things that look like books enough to get listed at the Kindle Store and bought by the unwary. I’m not sure exactly how they do it, but my impression is they copy and paste text from all over. Or they repurpose public domain material. They probably protect themselves from copyright trouble by what they choose to base the “books” on.

    I’m not sure they’re stealing other people’s actual Kindle books, so you’re probably okay publishing your content without worries. You can also decide whether or not to include digital rights management protection on your Kindle book or not. I’m working on one, too, and I think I may go without the DRM, thinking that being ignored is a bigger risk than pirating.

    Posted 30 Aug 2011 at 11:14 am