TKC 206 Jeremy Greenfield

News - 1) Via Andrys Basten and DigiTimes, news of a possible delay in launch of the next E Ink Kindle.  2) The Financial Times publishes a five-part series analyzing Amazon, and the main author, Barney Jopson, is Tom Ashbrook’s guest for an “On Point” appearance. Some pretty strange ideas thus gain some traction. 3) Jon Cog finds lots of missing Kindle titles on the Library of Congress’s “Books That Shaped America” list. 4) BusinessInsider comes up with a wish list for the Amazon Phone.

Tech Tips - Bob Cope suggests a stylus for better typing on my Kindle Touch. This one works great! SendToReader gets an update, via Kindle World. Also mentioned: The Readability app for Kindle Fire and the Send to Kindle app for Mac and PC.

Interview (Starts at 26:20)- On July 10th, I spoke by Skype with Jeremy Greenfield, editorial director of Digital Book World. We discussed his blog post, “Commenting on the Publishing Wars of 2012,” which referenced an earlier DBW blog post by Bob Mayer, and what’s ahead for the Department of Justice’s lawsuit against Apple and five defendant publishers.

Content – OverDrive makes it easy to find its most borrowed books worldwide with this list containing links to public libraries. Two Kindle Fire apps that may help with your summer entertaining duties: Grill-It! and Domino’s Pizza USA.

Next Week’s Interview Guest: Cheryl Strayed, author of the first book chosen for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. The title is Wild (From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail).

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  1. Eolake Stobblehouse wrote:

    I’ve discovered one of the important aspects of your work: you *like* so many things so much, and you’re not afraid to let it be known. From gadgets to literature, to just the surf.

    You also make a successful effort to always focus on the positive, and if negative things must be reported, always try to be fair and never bitter. And of course to respect your interviewees and being careful in phrasings to not antagonise them, even when disagreements loom.

    Kindly yours, Eolake

    Posted 14 Jul 2012 at 7:18 am
  2. Jim Crigler wrote:

    Len,
    As an indie author *and* an avid Kindle reader, I found Mr Greenfield’s comments both interesting and timely.

    One of the subjects you discussed was the ongoing legal action by the Department of Justice against publishers. Here’s my 2 cents: Publishers and retailers should be able to come to any pricing arrangement they like: The agency model has been good for independent authors and small publishers, and the manifest cluelessness of the “six horsemen of the bookalypse” (forcing the prices of their produts higher in the face of increasing competition) has only helped to make their competitors’ products — *my* products — relatively attractive.

    If traditional publishers have created a price conspiracy cabal, their collusion should be exposed widely, and it should be punished under applicable law. But stupidity is not against the law, and the marketplace is much more adept at punishing stupidity than the government.

    Posted 16 Jul 2012 at 10:22 am

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