TKC 393 Len Vlahos

Len Vlahos
Chief Executive Officer of The Tattered Cover Book Stores
Interview starts at 10:03 and ends at 42:09
I think it would be interesting for independent booksellers to experiment with selling eBooks directly, because it’s become much less device-centric. Tablets have in some ways normalized that world, and the notion that someone could build an open-source eReader app and that we could have direct relationships with publishers and sell eBooks is something I think worth exploring down the road. But it’s not a part of our core business. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google do what they do really well. For us, we have limited resources and limited brainpower. I’d rather see us make our stores even better than focus a lot of energy on that.
News
“Amazon exec to run digital efforts of Italy’s government” by Angel Gonzalez at The Seattle Times – February 10, 2016
Diego Piacentini featured on Amazon employee page
“Working at Amazon” web site – includes signup for receiving email updates
Amazon organization chart
“My Bias (again)” by Hugh Howey – February 12, 2016
“Amazon’s bookstore buzz hits San Diego” at the Lost Angeles Times – February 11, 2016
Shelf Awareness “Amazon Books Roundup” – February 12, 2016 (scroll down to find it)
Tech Tip
Amazon.com help page showing which Kindle you have
Interview with Len Vlahos
“Len Vlahos, ‘The ABA Guy,’ to Publish YA Novel” by Judith Rosen at Publishers Weekly – October 23, 2013
The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
“Joyce Meskis is selling Tattered Cover Book Stores after 41 years” by Aldo Svaldi at The Denver Post – March 26, 2015
Kobo eReaders and eBooks available for purchase at The Tattered Cover website
Tattered Cover Press: Books on Demand
Scar Girl by Len Vlahos – available for pre-order (hardcover only), delivery March 1
Content
Harry Potter: The Complete Collection by J.K. Rowling (Kindle) – now $56.64 instead of the brief bargain price of $14.99 earlier this week.
Postscript with Uber Driver Deb Brown (42:09 to 43:00)
The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh (Link is to paperback copy at The Tattered Cover’s website)
Next Week’s Guest
Jesper Bugge Kold, author of Winter Men , an AmazonCrossing translation available for pre-order with delivery on March 1, 2016. You can get a free copy now via Kindle First if you are an Amazon Prime member.

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