Author of How To Be Black
Interview starts at 15:46
What is the point of me having a relationship with MailChimp and a powerful email newsletter and social platforms through Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus with all these followers and community members? I have connectivity everywhere. The deepest connection I potentially have is with someone who spent $25 for a piece of my life in the form of this book—and they’re a mystery to me. The random kid who follows me on Facebook, I know more about that kid, because he heard a joke I told or showed up at a gig I did at a college cafeteria that cost him nothing directly, than about the parent who spent $25 or the teacher who spent $250 getting 10 of these books for his students. My only way to find those people is hope and stalking.
Show Notes and Links:
TKC 107 with Baratunde Thurston
“Ebook Sales up Across Trade in January, Young Adult Leads the Way” – at Digital Book World on May 1, 2014
“Barnes and Noble: Gone by New Year’s 2015?” by Michael Levin at The Atlernative Press – May 1, 2014
What Every Literary Writer Needs to Know About the Digital Disruption: A Town Hall Debate moderated by Porter Anderson
The Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts
GrubStreet writing center
“Amazon Debuts a Storefront Just for Wearable Tech” by Darrell Etherington at TechCrunch – April 29, 2014
Amazon’s Wearable Technology storefront
The Narrative Clip website
Interview with Baratunde Thurston
How To Be Black by Baratunde Thurston – $8.26 on Kindle
How To Be Black (Enhanced Edition) – $10.99 on Kindle
“Found! A Real Amazon Kindle User” by Dan Frommer at Business Insider – June 19, 2008
Video of Baratunde Thurston’s opening keynote address at South by Southwest in 2012
Wild (From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail) by Cheryl Strayed – $5 on Kindle
“Facebook to Pay $10 Million Cash for Hot Potato, Says Source” by Michael Arrington at TechCrunch – July 28, 2010
“Baratunde Thurston Left the Internet for 25 Days, and You Should, Too” by Baratunde Thurston – Fast Company’s cover story for July/August 2013 issue
#howtobeblack Instagram feed
Concluding Audio Comments
TKC 19 with Linda Hopkins
TKC Extra – Cambridge, Mass., Meetup on November 11, 2009 with Rick Askenase, Stephen Windwalker, Michael Bilotta, and Karen Hagglund.
Next Week’s Guest:
Sara Nelson, editorial director of Amazon Books
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