TKC 300 Baratunde Thurston


Photo by Bill Wadman

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 1 with Baratunde Thurston

TKC 107 with Baratunde Thurston

TKC 283 with Mark Roberts, Preacher at Westside church of Christ in Irving, Texas

TKC 50 with painter Kes Woodward of Fairbanks, Alaska

TKC 208 with Jeff Bezos


“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

The Muse and the Marketplace 2014 conference in Boston

What Every Literary Writer Needs to Know About the Digital Disruption: A Town Hall Debate moderated by Porter Anderson

Heidi Legg, author of My Evangeline – $2.99 on Kindle

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

Tech Tip

Send ePub to Kindle

Interview with Baratunde Thurston

Cultivated Wit

How To Be Black by Baratunde Thurston – $8.26 on Kindle

How To Be Black (Enhanced Edition) – $10.99 on Kindle

How To Be Black (Audible Audio Edition) – $12.56

“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




Amazon Editors’ Top Picks for the Best Books of May

Concluding Audio Comments

TKC 230 and TKC 270 Garrett Riley of the Tech Grab Bag blog and podcast

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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Comments 5

  1. Leslie D. wrote:

    Hey Len!

    Congrats on #300! Looking forward to the next 300. Thank you for all you do!

    Posted 04 May 2014 at 8:29 am
  2. John wrote:

    Len: First congratulations on your 300th episode of the Kindle Chronicles. I discovered you when I made the switch from a first generation Nook e-reader to the Kindle Keyboard. Besides having the best screen at the time, I very much enjoyed the sound support it provided for audible books, text to speech and yes, the ability to enjoy your downloadable podcasts. 🙂 Now I have a Kindle Paperwhite 2nd generation. I have enjoyed each and everyone of your podcasts. You are always very well prepared. Your analysis is always insightful and you speak well, clearly and with passion. I look forward to your next 300 podcasts and BEYOND! 😉

    Posted 04 May 2014 at 6:22 pm
  3. Therese Flanagan wrote:

    Congratulations on your 300th episode, Len! I’m an avid listener and I’ve learned so much from your podcast. Thank you for all of the work that you do in keeping us all informed.

    Posted 04 May 2014 at 6:44 pm
  4. Julie wrote:

    Congrats on podcast #300! Always look forward to your weekly podcast.

    Posted 06 May 2014 at 1:49 pm
  5. Mark Isero wrote:

    Congratulations, Mr. Edgerly! Great interview, as usual. Thank you.

    Posted 08 May 2014 at 8:13 pm