TKC 261 James McQuivey

james-mcquiveyVice President and Principal Analyst, Forrester Research

Interview Starts at 18:51

As Amazon, you want to say to people, “We really don’t care what device you own. Now, we have a few devices that we’re going to give you that are optimized for your Amazon customer relationship.” It could be an eReader, it could be a tablet, and it could be a mirror, and it could be whatever else might come down the road. But in the long run, Amazon needs to send the message that we don’t really care whose device you own. We just care that our app is on it.

Show Notes and Links:

Kindle for iPad app update
“‘Opportunity of a Lifetime’ says Amazon worker on Obama’s visit” by Mike Pare at – July 31, 2013
“Want to sell Kurt Vonnegut fan fiction? Amazon can make it happen” by Elisabeth Donnelly at The Los Angeles Times – August 1, 2013
Amazon press release on Kurt Vonnegut license – August 1, 2013
“Stephen King: Writing is Hypnosis” – video from CNN Money – October 6, 2010
Tech Tip
More on how to use your Kindle in a book group discussion
Three Degrees of Justice by John Bobo – $2.99 at the Kindle Store
Interview with James McQuivey
Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation by James McQuivey – $5.99 at the Kindle Store
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle – Not available on Kindle. HumbleBundle offer is unfortunately over.
The Cowboy and the Cossack by Clair Huffaker (A Nancy Pearl Book Lust Rediscovery) – $4.99 on Kindle
Harpo Speaks by Harpo Marx – $13.20 on Kindle
“Three Ideas on the Future of Reading from Eric McLuhan” by Kevin Eagan at Critical Margins – July 29, 2013
“President Barack Obama: The Kindle Singles Interview”by David Blum – free at the Kindle Store

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Comments 3

  1. Greg wrote:

    First time I couldn’t listen to a Kindle Chronicles. As soon as I heard Obama’s voice delete went the episode. Didn’t even want to bother zipping past it. Just deleted it.

    Posted 03 Aug 2013 at 3:26 pm
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    I appreciate your honesty Greg. If you had listened a bit more you would have heard my acknowledgement of sentiments like yours, but I understand your turning it off and deleting it right away. I am sensitive to the diversity of opinions and beliefs of my audience and normally avoid these land mines but figured it would be odd not to try to do some kind of account of the visit to Amazon. I hope you will return to the next TKC! Thanks again for your comment.

    Posted 03 Aug 2013 at 3:36 pm
  3. Bob Lee wrote:

    I saw on AOL a video example of a ‘digital dressing room’ that James talked about. It does seem pretty cool. My wife especially liked the digital make-up version that appears at around 2:40 in the video. She said she would definitely buy a ‘magic mirror’ version of that!

    See video (3min, 41sec)->

    Posted 28 Aug 2013 at 10:34 am