TKC 444 Thad McIlroy

President of The Future of Publishing

Interview starts at 8:19 and ends at 44:04

I’m convinced that if you want to retain your job in publishing moving forward, unless you’re demonstrably technology adept, you’re going to lose your job. Yeah, there’s room for 100 amazing editors who can’t even use a computer, but that’s not the run-of-the-mill worker in publishing today. They need to be imbued with a knowledge of technology.


Amazon’s earnings (Forbes) – February 2, 2017

Amazon press release on earnings

Walmart going after Amazon Prime (Recode) – January 31, 2017


Interview with Thad McIlroy

The Future of Publishing website

“An Authoritative Look at Book Publishing Startups” by Thad McIlroy


“Shelfie Closes” by Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly – January 31, 2017

John LeCarré: The Biography by Adam Sisman



The Bestseller Code by Jodi Archer and Matthew L. Jockers

“Leisure time on an average day” – chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Data Guy’s presentation at 2017 Digital Book World

Next Week’s Guest

Betty Anholt, historian at the Sanibel Public Library

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 Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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Comments 8

  1. Karl Nyhus wrote:

    Excellent episode, a good example of why I originally enjoyed the podcast and thought it worthwhile enough to contribute.

    Posted 04 Feb 2017 at 11:14 am
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Thanks, Karl. I am curious what in particular in this episode confirmed your support. Let me know and I will do more!

    Posted 04 Feb 2017 at 11:45 am
  3. Karl Nyhus wrote:

    Hi Len. Your guest, Thad Mcilroy, and his insight into the publishing world were facinating to me … for example, the current size and reach of Amazon, the automation of “copy editing”, and a reference to the book, The Bestseller Code. Episodes don’t all have to be like this, but I especially enjoy insiders from the publishing biz.

    Posted 04 Feb 2017 at 12:08 pm
  4. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Good to know. Thanks, Karl!

    Posted 04 Feb 2017 at 2:08 pm
  5. Lynn Godkin wrote:

    I have listened to virtually every episode since the beginning. Thank you thank you.

    444 w That McIlroy was so informative. I went to his site and found it helpful as well. If he could be on The Kindle Chronicles, perhaps twice a a year, to discuss writing software that would be great.

    Keep up the wonderful blog.

    Posted 08 Feb 2017 at 2:48 pm
  6. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Good idea! Thanks, Lynn.

    Posted 08 Feb 2017 at 3:53 pm
  7. DPeach wrote:

    It is interesting to hear you talk about paying for Prime as being paying for content and getting the free shipping as a bonus. My wife and I just evaluated our 2016 Amazon purchases. We made 76 purchases and commented that it is great that we are paying for the free shipping and getting the content for free.

    Same service and benefits but you and I are looking at the two different sides of the same coin.

    Posted 14 Feb 2017 at 12:30 am
  8. Len Edgerly wrote:

    Well said!

    Posted 14 Feb 2017 at 8:56 am