TKC 485 Steve Kessel

Amazon Senior Vice President

Interview starts at 20:45 and ends at 43.37

“It was the first time we were building a device, so we had a lot to learn. After that the team and as a company we got better each time. So our second Kindle was developed more quickly, and now as you know that team is launching Kindles and Fire TVs and Fire tablets and Echos and more every year.” (Photo by Jordan Stead/Amazon)

News

Amazon Key

“Amazon will start delivering packages into the homes of Prime members” by Jason Del Rey at Recode – October 25, 2017

“Amazon Key Flaw Could Let Rogue Deliverymen Disable Your Camera” by Andy Greenberg at Wired – November 16, 2017

“Amazon’s Hall of Spinning Knives” by David Gaughran at Let’s Get Digital – October 20, 2017

“Alibaba Singles’ Day Racks Up $1 Billion in Sales in 2 Minutes” at Bloomberg – November 10, 2017

“Amazon’s Prime Day Generates Estimated $1 Billion in Sale” by Spencer Soper at Bloomberg – July 12, 2017

“Alibaba’s Singles Day Sales Hit New Record of $25.3 Billion” by Tiffany Hsu at The New York Times – November 10, 2017

Jeff Bezos 1997 interview by Richard Wiggins (YouTube)

Amazon’s Black Friday deals

Tech Tips

All-New Kindle Oasis

My video review of the new Kindle Oasis

Fawlty Towers

Echo Show

Garmin Speak

Interview with Steve Kessel

“Amazon SVP Steve Kessel returns from sabbatical to work on ‘super secret’ project” by Tricia Duryee at GeekWire – February 4, 2015

“Meet the Guy Behind Amazon’s Secret Retail Store Plans” by Jason del Rey – February 3, 2016

Harry Bingham on TKC 469 – July, 2017

X-Ray for Authors

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Best Books of 2017 selected by Amazon Books editors

“Amazon just revealed the most popular Kindle books of all time” by MJ Franklin at Mashable – November 14, 2017

Content

A Look Back at Kindle Bestsellers

Next Week’s Guest

Gabriella Page-Fort, editorial director for AmazonCrossing

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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TKC 484 Carlina Duan

Author of I Wore My Blackest Hair

Interview starts at 12:34 and ends at 39:39

“I’m not sure about the future of Amazon [Publishing] in the literary world at large. I do think that for my book it’s been really interesting working with them and being able to answer those questions [about audience] and also to challenge myself more about how do I see this book existing in the world and what kind of spaces do I want it to enter and what kind of people do I want it to encounter. I think that working with Amazon has been interesting in that way, because they do have a very broad reach, and a very established way of doing things that for me has given a lot of structure to thinking about the book being out in the world.”

News

Brad Stone interviewed on Wall Street Journal Moneybeat Book Club podcast – November 4, 2017

“Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: “Told You I’m a Tech Buff” at TMZ – July 14, 2017

“Kindle with your kale? Amazon to sell electronic devices in Whole Foods stores” by Matt Day at The Seattle Times – November 9, 2017

Amazon Prime Now

Tech Tip

“Kindle e-readers to get Audible” – Michael Kozlowski Good E Reader video – November 2, 2017

Creating Alexa Voice Profiles – Amazon video

“Alexa Adds the ability to recognize different speakers’ voices” by Kevin Murnane at Forbes – October 12, 2017

Interview with Carlina Duan

I Wore My Blackest Hair by Carlina Duan – available for pre-order from Little a with delivery November 14, 2017

The Black Maria and Teeth by Aracelis Girmay

The Dark Noise Collective

Morgan Parker

Goodreads book giveaway for I Wore My Blackest Hair (ends November 13, 2017)

“Writing as Fuel” by Carlina Duan at The Michigan Daily – July 23, 2014

Day One, Amazon Publishing’s weekly digital literary journal

Vanderbilt University MFA program

Morgan Parker interview on TKC 391 – January 28, 2016

Content

A Polish eBook subscription service

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

Best Books of 2017 as selected by Amazon’s book editors

“The Internet Archive ‘Liberates’ Books Published Between 1923 and 1941, and Will Put 10,000 Digitized Books Online” at Open Culture – November 9, 2017

Next Week’s Guest

Steve Kessel, Amazon Senior VP and head of the team that created the first Kindle

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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TKC 483 David Ignatius

Author of The Quantum Spy

Interview starts at 12:12 and ends at 34:00

“Jeff Bezos has been a great owner for The Post. He invested in our business. He has generally stayed away and let the editors and our publisher, Fred Ryan, run the business. He intervenes only occasionally. The first meeting he had when he came to The Post, he said, ‘I don’t know what’s going to work, but I want to lengthen the runway, so you have more time to experiment and take off.’ And we have begun to take off. We’re not rolling in money, but The Post is profitable again. I wondered if I’d ever see that. Our web traffic keeps exploding.”

News

All-New Kindle Oasis ships on Halloween

“All-New Kindle Oasis survives ocean dunking” by David Rothman at TeleRead – October 31, 2017

“Is the Kindle Oasis Really Worth It?” – my video review of the original Oasis in 2016

Interview with David Ignatius

The Quantum Spy by David Ignatius

Other novels by David Ignatius at Amazon.com

Body of Lies, the 2008 movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe, based on the novel by David Ignatius

“Our Villains, Ourselves: A Thriller Roundup” by Marisha Pessel at The New York Times – October 25, 2017

Content

PBS NewsHour profile of author Jesmyn Ward – October 27, 2017

Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward

Comments

Calibre

My video review of the new Kindle Oasis – October 31, 2017

Outro

Bufo Calvin’s “Because of the Kindle” project

Next Week’s Guest

Carlina Duan, author of I Wore My Blackest Hair, a debut poetry collection that will be published on November 14th by Little a, the literary imprint of Amazon Publishing.

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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What’s Great About the New Kindle Oasis and What I Miss About the Original



The 9th Generation Kindle Oasis begins arriving today for those of you who pre-ordered one. Amazon provided me with a review unit, so I’ve had a few days to try it out. My video review is now available.

This is an impressive new Kindle, and I particularly love the leather cover available for it. The feel of the cover is soft, and–unlike the battery-loaded cover of the previous Oasis–you can use this one as a stand in either landscape or portrait orientation. Sometimes I like to set my Kindle on a table at a coffee shop for reading, but that wasn’t possible with the original Oasis.

As for the larger screen, sometimes I like it and sometimes I don’t. Bedtime reading seems better with the original Oasis, which is smaller and lighter. The seven-inch Oasis screen seems to be shouting at me, sending me more words than I am used to as I read calmly before sleep. But reading in the living room, when I am perhaps more alert, I enjoy the larger screen real estate.

The off-center balance of the new Oasis is even more pronounced than that of the original, because there is more battery weight in the new one. It’s a good feel, like reading a paperback book in one hand.

I have connected the new Oasis via Bluetooth to my Echo Show speaker, and it works fine. In general, I think I won’t get much use of this feature of the 9th Generation Oasis. When I listen to Audible books, it’s easier to use the Audible app on my iPhone, which is always with me. But I know many of you will love this improvement in the Oasis. Pairing the Oasis is easy, and the sound quality is good, depending on what you are using for the audio.

The waterproof feature rocks. I had fun dunking the review copy in the chilly Atlantic a couple of days ago in Maine. Film at 11.

I will have a lot more to say about the new Oasis on Friday’s podcast. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them as comments to this post.

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TKC 482 Kindle Execs Discuss All-New iOS & Android App

Kindle Creative Director Seth Micarelli, left, 

and Mike Torres, Kindle director of product management and design

Amazon announces all-new Kindle app (press release) – October 24, 2017

All-New Kindle Oasis

Kindle Select, Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)

Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Next Week’s Guest

David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist and author of The Quantum Spy: A Thriller, available for pre-order with delivery November 7, 2017.

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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Amazon Releases Impressive Update for iOS and Android Kindle Apps

The boy reading under the tree now faces in the other direction in the new iOS and Android app icon that will show up on your phone or tablet when you up update the app. Lots else is new, too.

Amazon this morning is releasing an “all-new” Kindle app at the iOS App Store and Google Play. On Friday’s episode of The Kindle Chronicles podcast I will have lots to say about the app, based on a virtual demo I received yesterday from two Kindle execs in New York City via Amazon’s Chime videoconferencing platform.

My initial take on the new app is that it is bookish, elegant, smart, and quicker to navigate than its predecessor. The design is easy on the eyes, from the switched-around boy reading under a tree in the opening Kindle icon to bigger images of your book covers and a more page-like appearance to the screens of the app.

The new app continues Amazon’s steady integration of Goodreads, acquired four years ago when Goodreads had 16 million members. The membership now stands at more than 65 million, and I bet most of them read Kindle books on phones and tablets. The updated app makes it easier than ever to switch from within a book to discuss it with your friends and the broader community at Goodreads.

Here is the press release released today at 9 a.m. ET:

Amazon Announces All-New Kindle App—Easier Than Ever to Read and Connect with Friends

All-new Kindle app turns your phone or tablet into a book—read anytime, anywhere

An app built for book lovers—with everything you need all in one place, seamlessly move between the pages of your book, your library, your personal bookstore, and more

Be part of a community of readers—with Goodreads built into Kindle for iOS
you can now discover and discuss books with friends, authors, and more

The new app displays larger images of book covers and, at the bottom of the screen, a thumbnail of the book you are currently reading.

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)—Oct. 24, 2017– (NASDAQ: AMZN) — Today, Amazon announced an all-new Kindle app that makes it easier than ever to turn your phone or tablet into a book—so you can read anytime, anywhere. The Kindle app is designed for book lovers and provides easy access to the most popular Kindle features—you can effortlessly move between the pages of your book, your library, your personalized bookstore and more. Also, with the Goodreads community built into Kindle for iOS, you can easily discover and discuss books with friends. The all-new Kindle app is available now in the App Store and Google Play, and will be delivered as part of a free, over-the-air update starting this week.

“We’ve built the new Kindle app from the ground up for book lovers, giving readers easy access to everything they might want to do with their books, all in one place,” said Chuck Moore, Vice President, Kindle. “It’s now easier than ever to turn your phone or tablet into a book and immerse yourself in an author’s world at any time.”

All-New Design

With the new Kindle app, it is easier to get to what you want. Whether it’s starting the next chapter in the book you’re reading or a quick search through your library, the all-new design makes switching back and forth seamless. Key updates include:

  • All-New Look—The Kindle app features a new look and feel inspired by books. Details include larger book covers, new fonts, a new app icon, and new light and dark background themes to choose from.
  • One-Tap Access—New bottom bar navigation automatically shows an icon of the book you’re currently reading, making it easier than ever to get back to reading at any moment. The bottom bar also provides quick access to Kindle’s most popular features allowing you to switch between the pages of your book, your library, your personal bookstore, and more.
  • Easy Search—The search bar is now always available throughout the app, so whether a book is in your library or among the millions of titles in the Kindle Store, it’s easier than ever to find it.

Discover and Discuss Books with Friends and the Goodreads Community on Kindle for iOS

The new Kindle for iOS app also helps customers discuss and get book recommendations from their friends, authors, and other readers with the Goodreads community now built right into the app. Goodreads, an Amazon subsidiary, is the world’s largest community of readers, with more than 65 million members.

“For as long as there have been books, people have discussed them with friends,” said Otis Chandler, CEO and co-founder of Goodreads. “When you finish an amazing book, you can’t wait to find out if other readers feel the same way. Readers trust their friends for recommendations, with around half of them saying they discover books through word-of-mouth. With the new features on Kindle, connecting with your friends and similar readers in the Goodreads community is now built into the app.”

Reading is better when you can discuss it with friends. In Kindle for iOS you can now:

  • Find New Books to Read—Browse the new Community tab to keep up-to-date with what friends and readers you follow are reading. When you find a book you are interested in, you can add it to your Want to Read list for quick reference when you are ready to start your next book.
  • Connect with Readers Who Like Similar Books—To help you get recommendations from readers who like the same books, Goodreads also suggests people to follow, including authors and popular Goodreads reviewers.
  • Share Your Thoughts About Books You’ve Read—Post notes and highlights from your book for friends to see and comment on. Easily share when you start reading a book, as well as your rating/review when you’ve finished a book.

Starting today, the Community tab featuring Goodreads discovery and discussion features are available on Kindle for iOS (in the US only), and will be coming to Kindle for Android in a future release. To learn more about how Kindle helps you read anytime, anywhere visit www.amazon.com/kindleapps.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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NOTE from Len: Information from the demo was embargoed until today (Tuesday) at 9 am ET, just as Darlene and I are due to board the Acela with our Wyoming friends Tom and Tish, bound for NYC to see the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and attend the musical Come From Away. I’m not sure how quickly this post (drafted Monday night) will go live. It will depend on how reliable Amtrak’s WiFi service is on the train. Fingers crossed!

 

 

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TKC 481 Mirna Valerio

Author of A Beautiful Work in Progress

Interview starts at 18:20 and ends at 43:17

“Whatever kind of mindset they’re stuck in about whether it’s weight loss or about whether or not you should be out there running in your big body, because maybe you’re going to hurt your knees or your back: You don’t know. You don’t know me. I don’t know you. You do your run, I do my run. And then we’ll all be happy.”

News

“As Amazon’s deadline for HQ2 bids closes, speculation on winner heats up” by Matt Day at The Seattle Times – October 19, 2017

“Where Amazon’s Next Headquarters Should Go” by Mark Zandi and Adam Ozimek at Moody’s Analytics – October 12, 2017

“Amazon is Most Likely To Build Its Second Headquarters In One Of These Five Cities” by Marcia Layton Turner at Forbes – October 19, 2017

“Boston Pushes Talent and Education in Amazon HQ2 Bid” by Zeninjor Enwemeka at WBUR – October 20, 2017

The Quantum Spy: A Thriller by David Ignatius – available for pre-order, delivered November 7, 2017

Tech Tip

New Kindle Oasis (8th Generation) software update 5.8.11

Interview with Mirna Valerio

A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio

Fat Girl Running

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan

The Masters School at Dobbs Ferry

A Cappella Books in Atlanta

Content

“(Not so scary) Books for Little Ghosts, Ghouls and Narwhals” by Seira Wilson at The Amazon Book Review – October 5, 2017

How Will You Measure Your Life? By Clayton M. Christensen

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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Amazon Releases an All-New Waterproof, Audible-enabled, 7-inch Kindle Oasis for $250



Amazon today has released an all-new Kindle Oasis eReader, available for pre-order globally with shipment starting October 31.

At the end of this post I will include a copy of the press release that I received yesterday with an embargo until today at 9 a.m. ET.

I attended a demo of the new Kindle Oasis last week, on October 5th in New York City. You can hear my report on that event and a followup in-depth interview with Hany Ghali, senior product manager for Kindle at Amazon’s Lab126, in a special episode of The Kindle Chronicles, which I just uploaded.

The big news about the new Oasis is that it’s bigger.

The second-generation Oasis is the first Kindle to have a 7-inch screen, noticeably larger than the 6-inch E Ink screens that have been standard on every Kindle except the jumbo Kindle DX, which was introduced in 2009 with a 9.7-inch screen. The DX was quietly discontinued in 2014.

I didn’t have time to do any reading on the new Oasis, but my first impression is that the larger screen will be a pleasant improvement in Kindle reading. It holds 30 percent more text on a page, so you won’t have to press the next-page button as often. Or you could press the button, which is smaller than that of the original Oasis, with the same frequency and show the text in a larger font.

If you have ever protected your Kindle in a Ziploc bag for reading in the bathtub, a process perfected over the years by my wife Darlene, you will appreciate that the new Oasis is the first Kindle to be waterproof.

The new Oasis also includes built-in Audible capability via Bluetooth. You can connect the device to a speaker or headphones by Bluetooth and listen to any book in your Audible library. I’m disappointed that the new Oasis does not offer immersion reading, a feature that on a Fire tablet highlights the words as they are read by the professional narrator. If you switch to Audible on the new Oasis, the pages will not turn automatically, but because Whispersync is enabled, you will end up in the right place when you switch back to reading text.

Oasis 2.0 comes in two storage configurations–8 GB for $250 with WiFi only and special offers and 32 GB for $280. The less expensive Oasis has twice the storage of the original. There is also a 32 GB model with free cellular connectivity available for $350.

[Correction] When you bought an original Oasis with WiFi and special offers, it cost $360 and included a case with a supplemental battery. The original Kindle Oasis is $289 for WIFI + special offers, and $359 for WAN + special offers. That innovative two-part design has been abandoned in the new Oasis, so your purchase of the $250 device might be all you need. A cover that snaps onto the new Oasis is available for $50 in a fabric material and $60 for leather. These covers can also serve as stands for reading hands free, a feature that I missed in the original Oasis cover.

In my interview in New York with Arthur van Rest, general manager for Kindle and accessories at Amazon, I asked how robust the Kindle platform is 10 years after its introduction, given that more people are reading Kindle books on smartphones and tablets than ever before. His answer, as follows, gratified me, given that I continue to be a huge fan of the E Ink Kindle:

It’s been 10 years since we first introduced a Kindle device, and our sales performance is testament to the commitment to the category. We continue to invest, and we continue to innovate in the category. Every generation or Kindle has added new features, new functionality both in terms of hardware but also in terms of features to make the reading experience special. Features like X-Ray, WordWise and time remaining all make the reading experience better.

Kindle sales themselves have never been better. The Prime Day sales in July were the best-ever sales that we’ve ever had on Kindle devices both in the U.S. and worldwide. We love it that people read more either on a smartphone or a Fire tablet, but in the end I think a single-purpose device is the best way to read digitally. People keep coming back to a single-purpose device for what represents a real sanctuary for reading. People enjoy the Kindle Oasis, because it is a place where they can go and disappear into the world or the author without being distracted by social media or by emails or by other Internet use. And that’s what makes Kindle so special.

Music to my ears. Long live the Kindle, and an appreciative welcome to the newest member of the family!

 

Meet the All-New Kindle Oasis: Featuring a 7-inch, 300 ppi Display, Waterproof Design,

and Audible

 

Our largest, highest-resolution Paperwhite display with crisp, laser-quality text that reads like paper with no glare—even in bright sunlight

Thin and light design with an aluminum back and a unique ergonomic shape, so you can read comfortably for hours

The first waterproof Kindle so you can take your favorite stories even more places

With Audible built in, access the world’s largest library of audiobooks and easily switch between reading and listening to your book on your Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones

Read books your way—more options than ever before to personalize your ideal reading settings with font sizes, additional boldness levels, and new accessibility features

SEATTLE—October 11, 2017—(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Today, Amazon announced its most advanced Kindle e-reader ever—the all-new Kindle Oasis, featuring our largest, highest-resolution Paperwhite display yet and a thin and light ergonomic design so you can read more comfortably for hours. The all-new Kindle Oasis is the first waterproof (IPX8) Kindle allowing you to read in even more places, from the bath to the swimming pool. The all-new Kindle Oasis has a battery life measured in weeks, not hours—and it includes a fast-charging capability that allows it to go from no battery to fully charged in less than two hours. With Audible built in, you can listen to the world’s largest library of audiobooks and easily switch between reading and listening to a professionally narrated performance on Bluetooth headphones or speakers. The all-new Kindle Oasis is available for pre-order today at www.amazon.com/kindleoasis for only $249.99 and will start shipping October 31.

“Ten years ago, we introduced our first Kindle with the mission of delivering any book ever written in 60 seconds or less,” said Dave Limp, Senior Vice President, Amazon Devices and Services. “With a larger 7-inch, 300 ppi display, waterproof design, and Audible built right in, the all-new Kindle Oasis is our most advanced Kindle ever. Its thin, light, and waterproof design allows readers to stay engaged in the author’s world in even more places than ever before.”

Designed for comfort and personalization
With a larger 7-inch, 300 ppi display, the all-new Kindle Oasis fits over 30 percent more words per page, resulting in fewer page turns. Plus, it has the fastest page turns of any Kindle e-reader. The crisp, laser-quality text reads like paper with uniform display lighting and no glare, even in bright sunlight. The ergonomic design shifts the center of gravity to your palm so the device rests in your hand like the spine of a book, no matter which hand you chose to read with. You can easily turn pages with dedicated page turn buttons and the display will automatically rotate the page orientation, even when you switch hands.

The device’s unique shape tapers to an ultrathin 3.4 mm display featuring our strongest cover glass and a new aluminum back. The all-new Kindle Oasis is thin, light and durable—in fact, even with a larger display, the all-new Kindle Oasis weighs only 194 grams, 10 grams less than the best-selling Kindle Paperwhite.

The first waterproof Kindle

No more soggy pages with the all-new Kindle Oasis—it’s IPX8 rated to protect against immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes. Plus, it’s designed to withstand getting splashed at the beach or dropped in the bath tub, hot tub, or pool.

Take the story with you with Audible

You can now listen to the world’s largest library of audiobooks on your all-new Kindle Oasis with Audible—choose from over 375,000 professionally performed audio programs, including audiobooks, original audio productions, and exclusive content. With Audible built in, you never have to put your story down and can switch easily between reading and listening without changing devices. Connect the all-new Kindle Oasis with a Bluetooth-enabled device, like speakers and headphones, and it’s ready. You can also access the Audible store directly from the all-new Kindle Oasis to find your next great listen, including Grammy award-winning performances and A-list celebrities narrating popular titles.

Audible will be available on the all-new Kindle Oasis via a free over-the-air update when the device ships—and it will be available via a free over-the-air update to Kindle (Gen 8) and the first Kindle Oasis in the coming months. If you’re new to Audible, sign up for a free trial and get two free audiobooks.

Larger storage capacity for more great content

The all-new Kindle Oasis comes with two storage options—8 GB, which has twice the storage as the first Kindle Oasis, and can hold thousands of titles; and 32 GB, allowing you to store even more rich content with large file sizes, like Audible audiobooks, comics, newspapers, magazines, and more.

Personalized comfortread your book your way

There are more ways to personalize your reading settings on Kindle Oasis than ever before so you can enjoy your book the way you prefer:

  • New Font Size and Bold Settings: Now choose from more font sizes than ever before—and five levels of boldness—for whichever font you choose to read with. Combined with the new, 7-inch Paperwhite display, you can personalize your books so it’s perfectly comfortable for your eyes.
  • New Accessibility Options: In addition to the OpenDyslexic font, we’ve added a feature to invert black and white on the display if you have light sensitivity. The new enlarged display option also lets you increase the size of items like the text on the home screen and library as well as the book icons to make the all-new Kindle Oasis easier to read.
  • Light Settings: Built-in ambient light sensors automatically adjust the display to your surroundings whether you’re in a dimly-lit room or outside in the sun—and can be fine-tuned even further based on personal preferences.
  • Ragged Right Alignment: You can now read using left-aligned (ragged right) text.

Starting today, the new size and bold settings as well as ragged right alignment will be delivered as a free, over-the-air update to Kindle Paperwhite (Gen 6 released in 2013), plus all newer Kindle devices.

Thousands of books to choose from for Prime members

Prime Reading is available to all Prime members at no additional cost and offers unlimited access to a rotating selection of more than a thousand books, Audible narrations, magazines, comics, Kindle Singles, and more. With fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, short works, and magazines right off of the newsstand, you’ll always find something interesting to dive into, including Lonely Planet Travel Guides, Interpreter of Maladies, Animal Farm, and 1984, which are available right now as part of your Prime membership.

All the features readers love about Kindle

By design, Kindle e-readers are purpose-built for reading so you can lose yourself in a book. Unlike tablets and phones, a Kindle has no glare–even in bright sunlight—and won’t distract you with social media, emails, text messages, notifications, and more. The all-new Kindle Oasis includes all of the features that have made the Kindle family the best devices for reading, enhancing the experience beyond a print book:

  • Whispersync and Whispersync for Voice—Saves and synchronizes your last page read, bookmarks, and annotations from your Kindle eBook and Audible audiobook across all of your Kindle devices and apps, so you can always pick up where you left off on any device, whether you’re reading or listening. You can even switch between reading and listening on the same device and Whispersync will keep you in the right place in the story.
  • Worry-free archive—Automatically backs up your Kindle books in the cloud so you never need to worry about losing your books—re-download your books wirelessly anytime for free.
  • Goodreads—Kindle is integrated with the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations, with over 50 million members, 1.3 billion books added, and 47 million book reviews.
  • X-Ray—Explore the “Bones of the Book”—see all of the passages across a book that mention relevant ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places, or topics of interest.
  • Word Wise—Available on many popular English language titles, Word Wise makes it easier to enjoy and quickly understand more challenging books. Short and simple definitions automatically appear above difficult words, so you can keep reading with fewer interruptions.
  • Family Library—With Kindle and Kindle reading apps, you can access not only your own books, but also books from the Amazon account of a spouse or partner.
  • Time to Read—Tells you how much time it will take to finish a chapter or a book based on your personalized reading speed.
  • Vocabulary Builder—Compiles words you look up in the dictionary into an easy-to-access list. Use these lists to quiz yourself with flashcards and instantly see words in context.
  • Share your favorite passages—Share book recommendations, highlighted sections, and meaningful quotes with friends via Facebook and Twitter.
  • Smart Lookup—Integrates a full dictionary definition with other reference information via X-Ray and Wikipedia.
  • Kindle FreeTime—Gives parents a simple, engaging way to encourage kids to spend more time reading. Hand-select books for your kids to read, and achievement badges are earned when they hit reading milestones.

World’s Best eBook Store

Kindle e-readers come with instant access to the Kindle Store, which includes:

  • World’s best selection—Millions of books, newspapers and magazines, including the latest best sellers, Kindle Singles, and programs like Prime Reading and Kindle Unlimited, both which continue to grow.
  • Kindle Unlimited—Our premium reading subscription and a great choice for readers who want even more. Kindle Unlimited offers over one million books, audiobooks, magazines, comics, kids’ books and more—all for $9.99 after a 30-day free trial.
  • Kindle exclusives—Over 1,000,000 books are exclusive to the Kindle Store.
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About Amazon

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TKC 480 All-New Kindle Oasis

Photo by Michelle Taylerson

Arthur van Rest, left, GM Kindle Device & Accessories at Amazon, and Hany Ghali, Senior Product Manager, Kindle at Amazon Lab126

Interviews

Arthur van Rest and Hany Ghali at product demo October 5, 2017 in New York City: Starts at 7:22 and ends at 9:48

Hany Ghali phone/skype interview from Sunnyvale, California, on October 10, 2017: Starts at 20:26 and ends at 41:06

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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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TKC 479 Stephen Ingraham

Author of Point and Shoot Nature Photography

Interview starts at 10:55 and ends at 40:30

“Each of us sees the beauty around us and the meaning and the pathos and the feeling that happens around us. And the more we share it one person to another, the more we realize we’re really all the same. We really share an experience of life on the earth that is not just mine or yours but that belongs to us all.”

News

“Europe has ordered Amazon to pay nearly $300 million in back taxes” by Jason Del Rey and Tony Romm at recode – October 4, 2017

“Amazon is Testing Its Own Delivery Service to Rival FedEx and UPS” by Spencer Soper at Bloomberg – October 5, 2017

The Everything Store by Brad Stone

Big savings on Kindles

Tech Tip

“Echo devices can now call US, Canada, and Mexico numbers for free–No extra hardware necessary” at AFTnews – September 30, 2017

Interview with Stephen Ingraham

Point and Shoot Nature Photography by Stephen Ingraham

Pic for Today by Stephen Ingraham

Point and Shoot Nature Photographer blog

Zeiss

Kindle and Print publish options at Kindle Direct Publishing

Stephen Ingraham on Google Plus, Instagram, and Twitter

Content

“Why Jeff Bezos was ecstatic over today’s Nobel Prize announcement” by Tom Teodorczuk at MarketWatch – October 5, 2017

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

“Amazon support forums to shut down. Big mistake! Write Jeff.”law by David Rothman

Dedication

This episode of the show is dedicated to my uncle, Bert Tighe, who passed away on October 5, 2017, at the age of 92.

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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