TKC 368 Jason Snell

jason400Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Six Colors
 
Interview starts at 17:44 and ends at 42:27
I hope the E Ink readers stick around, because I do love them. But it’s going to be a niche market. It’s going to be for people who are dedicated book readers who are willing to spend at least a little bit of money for a nice, distraction-free experience. 
News
“Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big Ideas in a Bruising Workplace” by Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld at The New York Times – August 15, 2015
“Was Portrayal of Amazon’s Brutal Workplace on Target?” – blog post by Margaret Sullivan, Public Editor of The New York Times – August 18, 2015
An Amazon employee’s response to NYT article at LinkedIn – August 16, 2015
 
Tech Tips
“How to renew digital titles” at Overdrive
Interview with Jason Snell
Jason Snell’s Six Colors blog
Upgrade podcast episode #8 with Jason Snell and Scott McNulty re: Kindle Voyage
 
Content
Amazon’s Fall Reading Preview
French translation of David Foster Wallace’s masterpiece Infinite Jest (Slate)
 
Next Week’s Guest
Sara Nelson, editorial director at Amazon.com

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TKC 367 Harry Bingham

hbCreator of the Fiona Griffiths crime series
Interview starts at 12:44 and ends at 37:59
Whoever heard of a retailer offering 70 percent royalty? It’s never happened before. How’s that not a good thing for authors? So I just think the Authors United group are bananas, quite frankly. And I think there is increasingly a swell of opinion among authors—not amongst yet the more traditional structures—but there is a sort of side movement thinking, “Hang on. Amazon actually offers us quite a lot. 
News
“The Rise of Phone Reading” by Jennifer Maloney at The Wall Street Journal – August 12, 2015
Tech Tips
 
Cotard’s Syndrome (Wikipedia)
Review of This Thing of Darkness by John Cheal at Crime Review – July 4, 2015
 
Content
“The Best Romances of August” by Adrian Liang at The Amazon Book Review – August 7, 2015
“10 Best Novels by Poets” by Naja Marie Aidt at Publishers Weekly – August 7, 2015
 
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Kindle Software Updates are Available

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This is a screenshot from my Voyage announcing the availability of Amazon’s stylish new font.

Finally! I am updating my Kindle Voyage software as I type, to 5.6.5. This will install the stylish Bookerly font to my E Ink reader, as well as new Smart Lookout features for highlights, notes, and sharing quotes. There will also be subtle but kinda cool improvements in typography and layout–ligatures and kerning, anyone?–but only in hundreds of thousands of books out of the 3.8 million available at the Kindle Store. Amazon says more are being added every week.

Amazon promised this software update would arrive “within weeks” of June 17, when the new Paperwhite 3 was announced. Tomorrow will be eight weeks since then, so it’s been a longer wait than I expected, but the cagey wording means there’s really no way to disappoint if you take it literally.

There is also an update for the Paperwhite 3 software to the same version number, 5.6.5. But you need to make sure you download the Paperwhite update and not the Voyage update to your PW, even though the numbers are the same. Bookerly is not listed in the features for the PW 3 update; maybe the original software already had the new font? I don’t have one handy to check. Or it may be an error in the software update description. I’m sure the new Paperwhite is supposed to have Bookerly, one way or another.

The Paperwhite 2 gets some software love, too. Click here for the update that makes it comparable to the PW 3, except for screen resolution, which is better in the latest/greatest Paperwhite. The original Paperwhite does not get an update for these new features.

Thanks to listener Dan Barnett for alerting me to the news. I have been trying to wait until 9 a.m. each day before checking email and the rest of the net, especially when we are here at Ocean Park. For some reason, I snuck on early this morning, perhaps sensing some news. And there it was.

“There’s new software for the Voyage!” I told Darlene as she was waking up here in the cottage. Her silence was probably a gift, given what she was no doubt thinking.

But for some of you, I know this will be a fun if very minor improvement in your reading world. Let me know what you think of it!

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TKC 366 Carie Harling

Interview starts at 14:23 and ends at 40:20
I’d like to write the kind of book that I’d like to read. And immediately there’s that thing in your head that goes, “Why? There are a gazillion books out there. Why would you want to write a book? This little wife in the midwest surrounded by kids—who’s going to want to read that?” And the other part of my brain goes, “Well why not? Why shouldn’t I write that? If nobody reads it, I wrote it, I’m happy. So why not?”
News
“Watch out, Siri, Amazon’s Alexa could be coming to iOS soon” by Jeff Brynes at appadvice.com – August 3, 2015
Alexa Voice Service blog post at Amazon – July 31, 2015
“Why Apple and Amazon Chose to be ‘Frenemies’” by Michael Blanding at Forbes – August 3, 2015
“Frenemies in Platform Markets: The Case of Apple’s iPad vs. Amazon’s Kindle” by Ron Adner, Jianqing, and Feng Zhu at HBS Working Paper Series (Full paper in PDF)
“Amazon Cuts Down on Prime Members Sharing Their Benefits” by Sarah Perez at TechCrunch – August 3, 2015
 
Tech Tips
Christina Warren’s method for adding author autograph to a Kindle cover – on the Accidental Tech Podcast – May 29, 2015
 
Interview with Carie Harling
“Clippings.io and Evernote” – YouTube video by Carie Harling October 21, 2015
Amazon’s kindle.amazon.com retrieval tool for Kindle notes and highlights
Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebooks
Carie Harling’s “Cheating” post on switching to paper planning tools – March 14, 2013
“Digital vs Paper Planning” by Carie Harling at Filofax – October 17, 2013
 
Content
 
Comment
Legimi, a book subscription service in Poland
 
Next Week’s Guest
Harry Bingham, author of the Fiona Griffiths mysteries – 
 

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TKC 365 TeleRead Editor Chris Meadows

Chris Meadows
Editor of TeleRead
Interview starts at 11:26 and ends at 37:11
Even if all the publishers remove DRM from every eBook they sell tomorrow, I would bet the vast majority of Amazon Kindle customers would go right on being Amazon Kindle customers, just because it’s so easy to tap the button and start reading the book.
News
“Amazon Kindle Voyage to be Released November 2015” by Michael Kozlowski at Good E-Reader – July 7, 2015
“Amazon Top Pick for Contract to Create N.Y.C. Schools’ e-Book Marketplace” by Michele Molnar at Education Week – July 30, 2015
“City partners with Amazon for $30 million e-book contract” by Eliza Shapiro at Capital New York – July 29, 2015
 
Tech Tips
Send to Kindle app for Mac and PC
 
Interview with Chris Meadows
TeleRead articles by Chris Meadows
TeleRead articles by Founder David Rothman and Editor-in-chief Juli Monroe
Links including “950 million Android phones can be hijacked by malicious text messages” Ars Technica story (scroll down to the fourth item in this post)
Calibre eBook management
calibre2opds script
Baen books
Book Bub (and an even better choice for eBook bargain emails: Stephen Windwalker’s BookGorilla)
Steam videogames
The recently launched TeleRead Podcast, hosted by Chris Meadows
TeleRead Podcast interview with author Diane Duane (click on episode 5) – July 25, 2015
Closed Circle Publications, the independent eBook retailer created by authors C. J. Cherryh, Lynn Abbey, and Jane Fancher
Author Doranna Durgin’s website
“Macmillan Parent Company Holtzbrink Abandons DRM in Germany” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – July 20, 2015
Gen Con – July 30 – August 2, 2015 in Indianapolis
“Whither the PDA (or iPhone) D&D?” by Chris Meadows at TeleRead – January 28, 2009
 
Content
Awesome Indies book reviews
Awesome Indies review of The Ribs and Thigh Bones of Desire by Sandra Hutchinson
 
Comments
Amazon PowerFast adapter for Kindle and Fire
 
 
Next Week’s Guest
Carie Harling, whose Clippings.io and Evernote video details a terrific way to organize your Kindle notes and highlights
 

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TKC 364 David Gaughran

Interview starts at 16:56 and ends at 44:39 
If you look at stores like Barnes and Noble and Kobo and Apple, I don’t think they’ve even caught up to where the Kindle Store was in 2011 or 2012 yet, let alone approaching where it is now in 2015. I still think they haven’t grasped the core part of Amazon’s philosophy, which is that they will always seek to recommend that they think you are most likely to purchase—not the one that a company has paid a certain amount, so they’ll shove it under your nose. 
 
News
Amazon’s second-quarter earnings release – July 23, 2015
FAQ from Amazon on anti-trust settlement credits
 
Tech Tip
How to use Kindle FreeTime to manage your child’s reading content
The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer
 
Interview with David Gaughran
Joanna Penn’s interview with David Gaughran (video) at YouTube – January 22, 2012
“The Great Amazon Hysteria… Part 31” by David Gaughran at his blog – June 26, 2015
 
Content
Books by David Gaughran:
Mercenary, an historical novel
 
Next Week’s Guest
 

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TKC 363 Amy Edelman

Amy Edelman 450Founder and President of IndieReader.com
Interview starts at 11:46 and ends at 41:02
 
It’s very hard to tell a self-published book these days from one that is traditionally published.
 
News
David Pogue’s must-see Alexa demonstration and review (video) at Yahoo Tech – July 16, 2015
 
Tech Tip
Amazon page on Cloud Collections
 
Interview with Amy Edelman
“Self-publishers flourish as writers pay the tab” by Motoko Rich at The New York Times – January 27, 2009
“Books Gone Wild: The Digital Age Reshapes Literature” by Lev Grossman at Time Magazine – January 21, 2009
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
Amanda Hocking’s books at the Kindle Store
“How Amazon Saved my Life” by Jessica Park at IndieReader – June 15, 2012
“If You Liked ‘Grey’, You’ll LOVE…” by Keri English at Indie Reader – July 15, 2015
“Television That’s Worth Dissecting” by Michiko Kakatuni at The New York Times – December 3, 2012
Fifty Shades of Grey and Grey by E. L. James
Manless in Montclair by Amy Holman Edelman
The Little Black Dress by Amy Holman Edelman
Deadly Lies by Chris Patchell
YA titles by Abbi Glines
 
Content
12 books that Jeff Bezos hopes to read
 
Next Week’s Guest
David Gaughran, blogger and author of Let’s Get Digital and Let’s Get Visible
 
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TKC 362 Darlene

Version 2My wife the amazing art quilter and Kindle enthusiast
Interview starts at 14:08 and ends at 39:48
A friend of mine said, “How many times have you dropped a Paperwhite in the tub?” And she’s right. I never have. And so at that point I decided that I was just going to hold the Kindle, and if it fell into the tub I would deal with it.
 
News
“Bread and Roses” by Hugh Howey at The Wayfinder – January 24, 2014
Opinion: Apple Watch sales plunge 90%” by Brett Arends at MarketWatch – July 8, 2015
“Apple Watch Sales Aren’t Looking So Hot” by Aaron Tilley at Forbes – July 1, 2015
“After crushing rival smartwatch sales, Apple Watch portrayed as doomed by CNBC” by Daniel Eran Dilger at Apple Insider – June 28, 2015
Apple WatchCast episode 18
My 2014 interview with the cofounders of Spritz in TKC 323
Bigger than Black Friday? Amazon Prime Day – July 15, 2015 
Prime Music $100,000 Sweepstakes
 
Tech Tip
How to disable Kindle Word Wise on your Paperwhite:
1. Start at the home screen
2. Tap on the menu icon at upper right.
3. Tap on Settings.
4. Tap on Reading Options.
5. Tap on Language Learning.
6. Turn Word Wise off. You can also turn off Vocabulary Builder.
 
Interview with my wife Darlene
Goodreads Newsletters
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Authors discussed in the interview: 
Harry Bingham’s Fiona Griffiths books –
3. The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths – $2.51 on Kindle
4. This Thing of Darkness (available for pre-order for $3.99 with delivery July 30, 2015)
Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs Mystery series
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley
     Dance of the Bones: A J.P. Beaumont and Brandon Walker Novel by J. A. Jance  – available for Kindle preorder for $15.99 (!) with delivery on September 8, 2015, price set by the publisher, HarperCollins
Stephen White’s Alan Gregory series
Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire Mysteries
Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series and the Bosch Amazon Original Series
C J Box’s Joe Picket series
Content
“Reading War and Peace on my iPhone” by Clive Thompson at BookRiot
Next Week’s Guest
Amy Edelman, founder and president of IndieReader

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TKC 361 John Sullivan

John Sullivan 450Project Manager and TKC Listener
Interview starts at 13:52 and ends at 39:03
 
I have the books that I read, and I read the books that I have. The ones that I collect now are meaningful to me. 
 
News
“Apple Loses Appeal, E-book Decision is Affirmed” by Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly – June 30, 2015
Frequently Asked Questions about eBooks lawsuit
Amazon press release on Alexa Skills Kit – June 25, 2015
 
Tech Tips
Information and download link for new Kindle Paperwhite 1st Generation software update
 
Interview with John Sullivan
John Sullivan’s favorite mystery writers: Elmore Leonard, Michael Connelly, Tyler Dilts (author of The Pain Scale), Sue Grafton. Other writers mentioned: Rick Bragg, Kurt Vonnegut
Getting Things Done by David Allen
“The 10 Most Cryptic Project Management Expressions” by John Sullivan at Tech Republic – July 7, 2010
Justified on Prime Instant Video
The Sopranos on Prime Instant Video
Get Carter by Ted Lewis
Joyland by Stephen King
Still Foolin’ ‘Em by Billy Crystal (Audible)
 
Content
 
Next Week’s Guest
My wife Darlene
 

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TKC 360 Russ Grandinetti

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Amazon’s Senior Vice President – Kindle
Interview starts at 10:17 and ends at 42:35 
My guess is that if you asked all the publishers with whom we’ve reached agreement in the last year they would tell you that they had to compromise some things they didn’t love. And we’ve had to compromise some things we didn’t necessarily choose on our own. And that’s okay. That’s business.
News
Amazon Echo aka Alexa – now available to anyone for $179.99
“Amazon echo owners now able to write reviews on Amazon” by Bufo Calvin at the I Love My Kindle blog – June 19, 2015
Amazon Fire Phone – unlocked 32GB $179.00
My Paperwhite 3 video review = June 18, 2015
“Under the Hood of Kindle’s New Typesetting Engine” – my new video at YouTube – June 21, 2015
Tech Tips
Interview with Russ Grandinetti
Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
Survival in Auschwitz by Primo Levi
Past interviews with Russ Grandinetti at The Kindle Chronicles
Content
tech.book(store) at Amazon.com 

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