TKC 278 Jeff Belle

Jeff Belle photoVice President of Amazon Publishing

Interview Starts at 18:11

Kindle First is a little bit book club and a little bit advance copy distribution, and I think we’re off to a good start on this. Success over time would mean creating a larger conversation about the books, expanding the audience for each author in the program, seeing lots of reviews up on detail pages, a lot of Goodreads discussions, and, of course, a lot of sales.

Show Notes and Links:


“Massachusetts Launches Statewide Digital Library Pilot” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader blog – November 26, 2013

Massachusetts Library System MA eBook Project

“It Still Isn’t Easy, But Independent Bookstores Are Doing Better” by Wendy Kaufman on NPR – November 27, 2013

“Bookstore health” at Richard Hollick’s Making Book blog – November 27, 2013

“Barnes & Noble Retail Revenues Down 8%” by Dianna Dilworth at GalleyCat – November 26, 2013

“Amazon’s Next Kindle Paperwhite to Feature 300 ppi Screen, Better Typography, Arrive Early Next Year” by Matthew Panzarino at TechCrunch – November 24, 2013

Tech Tip

Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

Interview with Jeff Belle

Kindle First

Silent Echo by J.R. Rain – $4.99 at Kindle Store and free till December 1, 2013 for Amazon Prime members if chosen as the Kindle First selection

Carlos the Impossible (A Novella) by J.T.K. Belle (aka Jeff Belle) – 99 cents at Kindle Store


“How to View the Entire Free Kindle Lending Library from your Browser” by Melanie Pinola at Lifehacker – February 19, 2013

 Link to Kindle Owners’ Lending Library titles

Buying In by Laura Hemphill – $5.99 on Kindle (also available for free borrowing through Kindle Owners’ Lending Library)

Digital Public Library of America

Next Week’s Guest

Richard Hollick, author of the “Making Book” blog

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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  1. Mary C. Butash wrote:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Len. Aces for yet another great interview. You are another person for which to give thanks , this holiday. I usually listen to the podcast with ear phones, and this put the “group sing” of We Gather Together at the end of the podcast right inside my head, creating a family I was almost a part of. Thanks. Such a lovely end to the holiday since I listened to the podcast when our festivities were over.

    Posted 28 Nov 2013 at 11:17 pm

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