TKC 495 Jon Fine

Senior Vice President & Publisher at Open Road Integrated Media

Interview starts at 11:28 and ends at 34:48

“No company in publishing right now is better aligned with Amazon in terms of our focus on the customer experience, in terms of our focus on eBooks and driving growth in eBooks.”


Amazon Go video

“Amazon Go: convenience and concern at new checkout-free corner shop” by Mark Harris at The Guardian – January 22, 2018

Amazon’s listing of 42 Amazon Go jobs open

“Amazon Go draws crowds” by Matt Day at The Seattle Times – January 22, 2018

“Here’s what it’s like to shop at Seattle’s Amazon Go cashierless convenience store” by Christine Clarridge at The Seattle Times – January 22, 2018

“The Amazon Go store – techy-cool or creepy-weird?” by Elizabeth Weise at USA Today – January 26, 2018

“Amazon’s Checkout-Free Store Makes Shopping Feel Like Shoplifting” by Jake Bullinger at The Atlantic – January 24, 2018

“New Walmart Partnership Brings Retailer into the E-Book Game” by John Maher at Publishers Weekly – January 26, 2018

“Apple’s Getting Back Into the E-Book Fight Against Amazon” by Mark Gurman at Bloomberg – January 25, 2018

“Apple’s iBooks Director at Digital Book World: Liveblog” at The Kindle Chronicles – June, 2015

“Thoughts on Apple Books” by Bradley Metrock at Digital Book World – January 25, 2018

Tech Tips

“Has Blocking text-to-speech access ended?” by Bufo Calvin at I Love My Kindle – November 28, 2017

Suzanne Skyvara’s Notes & Highlights for Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio – Goodreads

Interview with Jon Fine

Open Road Integrated Media

“Jon Fine Joins Open Road Integrated Media as SVP and Publisher” – press release October 27, 2017

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Open Road’s Early Bird Books email newsletter

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) by Philip Pullman

Agatha Christie mysteries published by Open Road


Summer Doorways: A Memoir by W. S. Merwin

“The Durrells in Corfu” PBS series


Greg Montague’s “A Good App Gone Bad” thread at Goodreads Audiobooks Group

Recommended by Eolake Stobblehouse: Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series

“Where do you get your story ideas? – Life Expectancy” by Dean Koontz

Life Expectancy by Dean Koontz

The Blacklist, an original Netflix series

The Book of Disquiet: The Complete Edition by Fernando Pessoa, translated by Margaret Jull Costa (recommended by Jean Remple)

Next Week’s Guest

Meg Gardiner, a novelist whose next thriller, Into the Black Nowhere, will be released on January 30th by Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

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 3

  1. BDR wrote:

    Compare user comments about the Kobo Aura One with comments about the Kindle Oasis 2.

    Before dismissing Kobo, you need to educate yourself because Kobo is light years ahead in product development. The KA1 is simply a better device.

    Marketing & sales-wise? Kobo has a long ways to to go and I’m not sure that Wally World will help them.

    Posted 27 Jan 2018 at 6:59 pm
  2. Len Edgerly wrote:

    I will check out the Aura. Thanks for your comment!

    Posted 27 Jan 2018 at 8:28 pm
  3. Dan wrote:

    Great episode. With the listeners reading speed, it’s something I’ve always wondered and would love to know! I’d be interested in stats like how many pages I read this year, month, day etc. and even what my speed was at various times. Not that I would race to beat previous speeds, I’d just like to know and see how it compares over time.

    We can reset the reading speed on my touch and voyage so I’d think it works on the oasis. In the kindle search bar type %readingtimereset and hit enter. All one word. Then when you return to reading the kindle shows learning speed again.

    But this brings me to another question. Sometimes if I flip back through a book to figure out something like who a character isi see that my time left is affected. Other times it is not. I wonder what the guidelines are and why sometimes it doesn’t seem to affect it.

    Enjoyed the interview and I can’t wait to get home and read her first book in the UnSub series.

    Posted 03 Feb 2018 at 2:06 pm

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