TKC 396 Translator K. E. Semmel

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English Translator of Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold
Interview starts at 20:10 and ends at 41:14
I like the fact that I can tell an editor there [at AmazonCrossing] that this book is something that you should really look for, and they listen. And in this case, from start to finish, I suggested this book, and it became a reality and now I’m sitting with it right here on my desk.
Amazon Tap – pre-order available at for $129.99, with delivery march 31, 2016
Echo Dot – Order from your Alexa or the Amazon app on your Android or iOS smartphone
“Amazon Tap puts Alexa into a portable Bluetooth speaker” (with video demo) by Lauren Goode and Dieter Bohn at The Verge – March 3, 2016
“Amazon’s Echo Dot lets you put Alexa inside any speaker” by Lauren Good and Jacob Kastrenakes at The Verge – March 3, 2016
“Amazon Introduces 2 Alexa Voice-Controlled Devices” by Farhad Manjoo at The New York Times – March 3, 2016
Full Disk Encryption explained (yeah, right) at
Tech Tip
“The Benefits of an Amazon Giveaway for Kindle” by Chris McMullen at Digital Book World – March 2, 2016
Amazon Giveaway – How it Works
Interview with K. E. Semmel
Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold, translated into English by K. E. Semmel (Free download available with Kindle Unlimited)
“How Amazon came to dominate fiction in translation” by Allison Flood at The Guardian – December 9, 2015
The Seventh Child by Erik Valeur, translated by K. E. Semmel
“Writing While Translating” by Idra Novey at Literary Hub – February 25, 2016
Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
Technically Literate, short stories published exclusively on
“Reading Literature in the Digital Age” – a free online course via University of Basel
Next Week’s Guest
Janis Cooke Newman, Editor-at-Large, Technically Literate

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Comments 6

  1. Julie wrote:

    Could you put a link to the portable speakers you mentioned in the show notes?

    I’ve pre-ordered a Dot.

    Posted 06 Mar 2016 at 8:57 am
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Here it is Julie:

    Posted 06 Mar 2016 at 12:13 pm
  3. Joel Anderson wrote:

    Len – you’ve probably seen this already – encryption is (coming) back!

    While I understand not everyone sees the need, I think you and others are a bit too dismissive of having this available. I know that, at least for some the availability of this can be a compliance issue for BYOD institutional policies.

    Posted 07 Mar 2016 at 8:40 pm
  4. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Joel, what does BYOD stand for? I’d like to learn more about this. Thanks.

    Posted 07 Mar 2016 at 9:38 pm
  5. Joel Anderson wrote:

    Hi Len – “Bring Your Own Device” – it’s a thorny issue in organizations, particularly corporate or health care where IT staff need to maintain control over the IT infrastructure.

    When everyone has one or two (or three!) devices logged in before they even use the office computer, pity the poor IT manager who is trying to control the data.

    When a person is reading office email on a personal device, it’s a big win if – when the device is stolen – they can say “it was encrypted” – i.e. the data has not been lost.

    Posted 07 Mar 2016 at 10:34 pm
  6. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Good to know. I can see why Full Disk Encryption would be a big benefit in those cases. Even with that feature dropped, it WAS possible to set a password to bar entry to a Fire tablet, but perhaps that would be a low barrier for someone to clear. I wonder if the password feature on the Fire has a limit to the number of times you can enter incorrect passwords, as was apparently the case with the San Bernardino iPhone. Thanks for helping me understand this issue better, Joel!

    Posted 08 Mar 2016 at 5:43 am