TKC 311 Linda Grant

Linda Grant - credit Judah Passow

Novelist, Journalist, Author of “I Murdered My Library”

Interview starts at 23:05

I was sitting, reading this novel on my Kindle. And I thought, actually, this is a perfect medium for this particular book [In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut], which had a very pared-down writing style. And I did have this very, very eerie sense that instead of the Kindle interfering with my ability to read the book, it made it a much purer experience. (Photo by Judah Passow)

Show Notes and Links:


“How to Get Back in Your Scull after Flipping,” YouTube video posted by Calm Waters Rowing


Kindle Unlimited video

Amazon press release announcing Kindle Unlimited – July 18, 2014

Looking for Ginger North by John Dunning – $8.99 on Kindle; free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers

No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline by Brian Tracy – $9.99 on Kindle; free for Kindle Unlimited

I’m with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie by Pamela Des Barres – $9.39 on Kindle

“Les Moonves and Jim Lanzone on Aero, Latin America, and CBS’s Future” by Megan McCarthy at Fortune – July 15, 2014 (includes video of comments about Amazon and Simon & Schuster at about 15:00)

Tech Tip

My 3 a.m. epiphany in how to use Kindle Page Flip on the Paperwhite.

Interview with Linda Grant

I Murdered My Library by Linda Grant – $2.99 at Kindle Singles

“Linda Grant: ‘ I have killed my books’” in The Guardian – May 16, 2014

Linda Grant interviewed on BBC about her latest novel, Upstairs at the Party

Linda Grant on Twitter

In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut – $7.99 on Kindle

Nemesis by Philip Roth -$9.99 on Kindle

Upstairs at the Party by Linda Grant (at


Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone – $9.99 on Kindle

The Walk by Lee Goldberg – $5.99 on Kindle; free for Kindle Unlimited

Hidden by Catherine McKenzie – $1.99 on Kindle; free for Kindle Unlimited

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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Comments 5

  1. Amy wrote:

    Agree with you about Scribd vs. Oyster. I love Oyster, although they could do with better browsing options. And did you notice that with the introduction of Kindle Unlimited, the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library has disappeared? Not a big loss, but it makes Amazon Prime marginally less attractive since it was included in the price.

    Posted 19 Jul 2014 at 12:00 pm
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Amy, I hadn’t realized that, about Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. You’re right, it does diminish the value of Prime Membership slightly. Good catch!

    Posted 19 Jul 2014 at 12:51 pm
  3. Kevin wrote:

    Len and Amy,

    I still see options for the Owner’s Lending Library on my devices. The list now includes Prime books, as well as Kindle Unlimited books. I wonder if there is overlap, so that if you choose not go the KU route you can still obtain the book through the Owner’s Lending Library?

    Posted 20 Jul 2014 at 1:30 pm
  4. Kevin wrote:


    In addition, I just wanted to pass along thanks for continuing with providing thought provoking and interesting interviews. Based on this interview, I read Linda Grant’s “I Murdered My Library” and found it to be an excellent short read. Many of the thoughts and feelings of a long time book reader and the place that the ownership of books has in our lives are captured in Ms. Grant’s piece.

    Well done.

    Posted 20 Jul 2014 at 1:32 pm
  5. Amy wrote:

    Kevin —

    You’re right. I checked my husband’s account (he hasn’t signed up for KU) and his still shows the Prime symbol next to KOLL eligible books, but my account only indicates Kindle Unlimited availability. So KOLL lives on.

    Posted 20 Jul 2014 at 8:55 pm