TKC 302 Tom Semple


Software quality engineer in Santa Clara, California

Interview starts at 18:15

To me it’s really frustrating that you can’t get your notes and highlights easily. The minimal thing they could do is put on Manage Your Kindle, you pick a book and you say, “Download my notes and highlights for this book,” and it would just download a little text file or RTF file or something and then you’d be good to go….It makes me wonder why people make notes in eBooks, because you don’t own them and you can’t get them out.


Show Notes and Links:


“Much at Stake in Amazon-HBG Fight” at Publishers Weekly – May 12, 2014

“Amazon and Hachette Go to War” by Hugh C. Howey – May 13, 2014

“Here’s Why People Shouldn’t Freak Out About the Amazon-Hachette Fight” by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry at Forbes – May 10, 2014

“Why Aren’t Teens Reading Like They Used To?” at NPR – May 12, 2014


No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy – $8.79 on Kindle

The Road by Cormac McCarthy – $7.99 on Kindle and $7.95 or 1 credit on Audible 

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk: A Novel  by Ben Fountain – $10.86 on Kindle

The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor – $9.66 on Kindle

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis – $8.89 on Kindle

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Comments 2

  1. John wrote:

    Len: I just posted a letter to the NY Times comment section with regards to an article they published titled “Amazon’s Tactics Confirm Its Critics Worst Suspicions”, by Farhad Manjoo, dated May 23, 2014:

    I wrote the following “I find the outrage regarding Amazon’s hardball tactics amusing. As long as there have been retailers and vendors there has been tension with both sides always attempting to get the best deal they can. Giving preferential treatment to a vendor you have reached an agreement with over a vendor you are having trouble reaching an agreement with is nothing new. This phoney outrage reminds me of that classic scene in Casablanca when the Chief Inspector is ordered to shutdown Ricks. He declares that he is shocked, shocked that there is gambling taking place in this establishment. At that same moment he is handed his winnings from the casino. In my opinion the source of this outrage is they just don’t like Amazon and feel threatened by Amazon’s success. So they automatically attach evil intent on the part of Amazon and at the same are ready to nominate Hachette for sainthood.”

    For a company that bills themselves as THE paper of record they are not shy about showing their bias in public when it comes to Amazon.

    Posted 23 May 2014 at 5:05 pm
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Well said, John! I love the comparison with Casablanca. Thanks very much for posting this.

    Posted 23 May 2014 at 5:07 pm

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