Looking for Smart Kindle Books? Try the New Books Network

Kindle Chronicles listener Guven Witteveen tipped me off to a great way of learning about new Kindle books to read. It’s the New Books Network, a consortium of podcasts that presents in-depth interviews with authors.

What’s unusual about these interviews is that they last up to an hour each and are done by hosts who know what they’re talking about. Each host specializes in a subject field, like psychology, physics, or Russian and Eurasia–to name just three of the 50 active podcasts in the New Books Network.

Not all of the books discussed are available in Kindle editions, because most are published by university presses still operating on the outskirts of the general reading public. But if you browse the topic areas that interest you, you may well find some books and authors worth checking out. Here are three of the interviews featuring books that are available for Kindle, albeit at fairly robust prices:

Elizabeth Goldsmith, author of The Kings’ Mistresses: The Liberated Lives of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and Her Sister Hortense, Duchess Mazarin. ($12.99)

Simon Johnson, author of 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown ($13.99)

David Wolman, author of The End of Money: Counterfeiters, Preachers, Techies, Dreamers–and the Coming Cashless Society ($11.99)

I will add one more interview, which I found fascinating, but I can’t in good conscience recommend buying the book, which is priced at $19.22 for the Kindle edition. The title is Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage, and Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan by Robert K. Fitts.  Bruce Berglund does an excellent job interviewing Fitts about the book, and you can listen to their hour-long conversation for free here.

I just finished interviewing Marshall Poe, founder and editor-in-chief of New Books Network, for this week’s podcast, and I will have more to say about our conversation in my weekly Contributing Editor column for Kindle Nation Daily.

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