TKC 299 Marie-Pierre Sangouard


Amazon’s Director of Kindle Content Acquisition for France

Interview starts at 14:00

In France, publishers set the price of the digital version at 25 to 30 percent less than the physical book’s price, but when when the title becomes a mass-market paper book, some publishers still set the price at the same price or maybe higher. So of course it’s difficult to understand from a customer perspective, and it’s a clear blocker of the development of the market segment.

Show Notes and Links:


“Amazon Slumps as Increased Spending Limits Profit Growth” by Adam Satariano and Sarah Frier at Bloomberg – April 25, 2014

Amazon earnings press release – April 24, 2014

The Playboy Interview: Moguls (including 2000 interview with Jeff Bezos) – $4.99 on Kindle

“Beyond 3D: Inside Amazon’s smartphone” by Zach Epstein at Boy Genius Report – April 22, 2014

Tech Tip

“Amazon Merges Kindle Personal Documents with Cloud Drive” by Sarah Perez at TechCrunch – April 16, 2014

Interview with Marie-Pierre Sangouard

Fnac web site

La rentrée littéraire in France when a large number of new books are published Kindle web site

Darty – French chain of stores selling Kindles

Les gens heureux lisent et boivent du café by Anges Martin-lugand – EUR 2,99 on Kindle at

Au Coeur du Solstice by Jacques Vandroux – EUR 3.99 on Kindle at  (Due out in English translation in the next three to four months from Amazon Crossing)


Books on the Nightstand podcast hosted by Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman

Booktopia author weekends

A Beautiful Truth by Colin Mcadam – $9.99 on Kindle

The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go – $11.89 on Kindle

Burn Out by Kristi Helvig – $9.99 on Kindle


Kindle for Samsung app info at

“Samsung, Amazon to Launch Do-Branded Kindle App” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – April 17, 2014

Next Week’s Show:

Next week will be a milestone—Episode 300. I’m hoping to have as my guest for TKC 300 the comedian, author, and entrepreneur Baratunde Thurston, who was my very first guest in July, 2008, when I started the Kindle Chronicles.  If you’d like to leave an audio comment for next week’s 300th show, that would be great, the shorter the better. You can email me an .mp3 file at podchronicles at Gmail Dot com if you know how to do that, or you can call the Kindle Chronicles comment line which is mentioned in at the end of this week’s show.

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Comments 1

  1. Eddie Mikell wrote:


    Can you, or any other listening explain the Amazon Target sales program?

    Recently some people who logged onto Amazon had a chance to buy a paperwhite or Kindle HDX for $75 off.

    Some Prime members reported getting it, as well as non prime. I did not get it. It torqued off a lot of Prime members.


    Amazon offering $50 off Kindle: Kindle ($19), Fire HD ($89), $75 off Paperwhite: Paperwhite ($44) HDX ($154) YMMV, Apr 25

    •Targeted Offer to select accounts, YMMV.
    •Log in and go to Amazon homepage, if you see this AD under search area, you qualify: or click here to check after login: Picture1, Picture2
    •To thank you for being a loyal Amazon customer, we’re offering you an exclusive discount on Kindle. For a limited time, save $50 on Kindle or Kindle Fire HD 7″. Save $75 on Kindle Paperwhite with Wi-Fi or Kindle Fire HDX.
    •You can buy Kindle ($19) or Fire HD ($89) once after $50 off
    •AND You can also buy the Paperwhite ($44) or HDX ($154) once after $75 off

    Posted 28 Apr 2014 at 7:51 am