TKC 333 Richard Hollick

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Author of the Making Book blog

 Interview starts at 21:05

What I’ve decided is going on in publishing is that genre fiction, however widely you want to define that, sort of entertainment books, are basically going to go down the eBook/indie author road. Of course the big publishers won’t want to give it up, and it’s not going to happen overnight, but it seems to me that structurally the potential is there, and all the incentives, perhaps, are against the publishers.

News  

“At Apple Hearing, Amazon Called a ‘Monopolist’” by Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly – December 15, 2014

Henry Blodget’s Interview with Jeff Bezos at Business Insider – December 16, 2014

Prime Air video – December 1, 2013

“The Everything Book: Reading in the Age of Amazon” by Casey Newton at The Verge – December 17, 2014

“Big Amazon Fire Phone update adds call blocking, custom ringtones, lots more” by Killian Bell at Cult of Android – December 18, 2014

Tech Tips

Kindle for iOS 4.6

Kindle Unlimited

Interview with Richard Hollick

Making Book: Richard Hollick’s blog about books and book manufacturing

Thomas Malthus and the Making of the Modern World by Alan Macfarlane

“Malthus Among the doomsters” by Jonathan Benthal at The Times Literary Supplement – June 11, 2014

“Is this a book?” at Making Book – December 10, 2014

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing

“Augmented reality is coming closer” at Making Book – November 12, 2014

Content

Goodreads Choice Awards 2014

The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir

Next Week’s Guest

Jeffery  Archer  Deaver, author of The Starling Project, an Audible Drama

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 2

  1. Bill Peschel wrote:

    Listening to your excerpt from Bezos’ interview, I would suggest what he didn’t say, which was that Apple and other tech firms have had an agreement of longstanding not to poach on each others’ employees. The CNN story puts Steve Jobs at the center of that conspiracy.

    http://money.cnn.com/2014/08/11/technology/silicon-valley-poaching-case/

    Bezos is also correct in implying that you shouldn’t look at those goodies, like massages, when it comes to applying at those companies. Perks such as on-site day-care sound good, but they’re also leashes, denying working mothers and fathers the ability to stay home and care for their sick children. The culture that demands you work 80-hours a week, which seemed logical for a start-up in which workers could cash out when the company went public, has become the new normal for work in Silicon Valley, as is elsewhere in Corporate America (I personally know that at a major aerospace company and a major pharmaceutical firm, workers are told to keep their actual working hours off the clock.)

    Posted 23 Dec 2014 at 1:01 pm
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Thanks for this additional information, Bill. It helps explain why this question may have gotten under Bezos’s skin a bit.

    Posted 23 Dec 2014 at 1:24 pm

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