Jon P. Fine

Amazon’s former Director of Author and Publishing Relations

Interview starts at 0:22 and ends at 44:20

“I do think that there is an incredible level of smart, energetic, ambitious people at Amazon working in books. That’s an incredible asset. I’m optimistic that Amazon will continue to be able to hold its own. I also see great opportunity for others. I have a very optimistic view of the future of storytelling. I think it’s a great time to be a storyteller. You just have to be smart about the different ways you reach an audience.”

Interview with Jon P. Fine

OptiQly, where Jon Fine serves as General Counsel

Brilliance Audio

Amazon Literary Partnership

E.F. Hutton ad from the late 1970s

Audible Creation Exchange (ACX)

“Seattle’s Finest: Jon Fine is Leaving Amazon” by Porter Anderson at Thought Catalog – October 2, 2014

Next Week’s Guest

David Steinberger, co-founder and CEO of ComiXology, the digital comics and graphic novel retailer purchased three years ago by Amazon.

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TKC 470 Scott Parazynski

Author of The Sky Below

Interview starts at 14:15 and ends at 41:36

“My goal with this book is to show people that it’s important to have high, lofty dreams, but it’s even more important to then have the vision and the resolve to make them come true.”

News

“Is Amazon getting too big?” by Steven Pearlstein at The Washington Post – July 28, 2017

“Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox” by Lina M. Khan at the Yale Law Journal – January, 2017

“Amazon’s Jobs Fair Sends Clear Message: Now Hiring Thousands” by Noam Scheiber and Nick Wingfield at The New York Times – August 2, 2017

Tech Tip

Amazon instructions for using your Alexa device to control your Fire TV

Interview with Scott Parazynski

The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed by Scott Parazynski

Scott Parazynski on CBS This Morning – July 31, 2017

Upcoming Guests

Jon Fine, strategist for digital and traditional media organizations

David Steinberger, co-founder and CEO of ComiXology

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TKC 469 Harry Bingham

Author of The Deepest Grave

(Fiona Griffiths Crime Thriller Series Book 6)

Interview starts at 12:26 and ends at 42:13

“The Big 5 publishers do have a model of ‘We will buy your book for life plus 70 years.” In other words, I will get my books back about the time Bernie Madoff gets out of jail.”

News

Amazon earnings release – July 27, 2017

  Earnings coverage by Recode and Publishers Weekly

Inside Edge Amazon Video original series in India

“This is Amazon’s Next Big Target” by CNBC – July 26, 2017

“Books are back, and that’s a very bad thing” by Graham Cooke at finder.com.au

“For 4 Seattle women called Alexa, it’s funny, frustrating to share name with Amazon’s device” by William Robert Ferrer at The Seattle Times – July 21, 2017

Scott Galloway: Amazon will be broken up (video) – July 13, 2017

“Trump Accuses Washington Post of being lobbyist weapon for Amazon” by Jacqueline Thomsen at USA Today – July 24, 2017

Tech Tip

Standard Ebooks

Interview with Harry Bingham

The Deepest Grave by Harry Bingham

Books by Harry Bingham at Amazon.com

The Writers’ Workshop

Harry Bingham interview in August, 2015, on TKC 367

An Interview with Fiona Griffiths

Content

Mermaid by Jody Picoult, a Kindle Single with Kindle in Motion animation

The Miracle of Dunkirk by Walter Lord, e-book published by Open Road Media

Next Week’s Guest

Scott Parazynski, author of The Sky Below: A True Story of Summits, Space, and Speed, available for pre-order from Amazon Publishing with release on August 1, 2017

Outro

Ellamy Tiller and The Twang

High Strung Reunion

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TKC 468 Alex Cabal

Founder of StandardEbooks.org

Interview starts at 11:43 and ends at 40:40

“One of the criteria for the books that we accept is that we very specifically don’t want to become a dumping ground for everything public domain. I think Project Gutenberg suffers from that to some extent. They are more of an archival website at this point. Anything and everything that was produced before 1923 gets on there, and a lot of stuff just wasn’t good. A lot of stuff didn’t survive for a reason.”

News

“Amazon launched 22 years ago this week–here’s what shopping on Amazon was like back in 1995” by Caroline Cakebread at Business Insider – July 20, 2017

“Here is the First Book Ever Ordered on Amazon” by Megan Garber at The Atlantic – October 31, 2012

Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought by Douglas Hofstadter

“Amazon possibly working on new stand-alone messaging app called Anytime” at AFTVnews – July 13, 2017

“PSA: here’s how to put your old Amazon shipping boxes to good use” by Natt Garun at The Verge – July 15, 2017

Give Back Box

“Amazon’s next Echo will be more like Apple’s HomePod” by Devindra Hardawar at Engadget – July 12, 2017

Amazon Treasure Truck

“The First Alexa Phone Gets Amazon Even Closer to Total Domination” by Brian Barrett and David Pierce at Wired – July 18, 2017

Interview with Alex Cabal

Standard Ebooks

Project Gutenberg

“The $5 million ‘Blurred Lines’ legal fight over the song’s ‘vibe’ could permanently change the music industry” by Paul Schrodt at Business Insider – December 15, 2015

Calibre

Books mentioned that are available at Standard Ebooks:

  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

  North of Boston by Robert Frost

  Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, translated by George Long

  A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay

  Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling

  The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington

Content

Amazon Rapids feature Signature Stories

Next Week’s Guest

Harry Bingham, author of The Deepest Grave, the sixth book in the Fiona Griffiths detective seri3s

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TKC 467 Len Vlahos

 

New co-owner of Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver

Interview starts at 19:56 and ends at 43:00

“Bookstores have evolved over the years to become very much experiential retailing, and we’re no different.”

News

“Amazon Prime Day breaks record; sales grew by more than 60 percent” by Lauren Thomas at CNBC – July 12, 2017 (includes video of analyst Jan Kniffen)

Amazon press release on Prime Day – July 12, 2017

Furbo Dog Camera

Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

Tech Tip

Libby by OverDrive

CloudLibrary

Interview with Len Vlahos

Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver

Books by Len Vlahos: The Scar Boys, Scar Girl, and Life in a Fishbowl

Starred reviews of Life in a Fishbowl in Publishers Weekly and Booklist

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken – Audible and Kindle

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody – available for preorder, delivery on November 28, 2017

“SNL writer-turned-senator Al Franken talks Colorado politics ahead of Denver stop” by John Wenzel at The Denver Post – June 14, 2017

Tattered Cover Event Calendar

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TKC 466 Jaimal Yogis

Author of All our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment and the Perfect Ride

Interview starts at 9:50 and ends at 35:52

“All memoirs build a container that’s something of a lie. (You can never say it all.) But this book gets a little closer to the truth in that surfing and Zen are just big characters among many.” (Photo by Peter Dawson)

News

Camino Island by John Grisham

“Amazon bookstores to participate in Prime Day for the first time” by Tonya Garcia at MarketWatch – July 5, 2017

Prime Day in Amazon Books stores

Echo Show

Nintendo Switch (gray)

Jeff Bezos’s tweet with link to New York Times column by The Haggler

“The Secrets of Bezos: How Amazon Became the Everything Store” by Brad Stone at Bloomberg – October 10, 2013

Tech Tip

Click here to find Audible upgrades on your Kindle books.

Interview with Jaimal Yogis

Jaimal Yogis on TKC 236 in February, 2013

Books by Jaimal Yogis:

  All Our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment and the Perfect Ride (Published July 4, 2017)

  The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me About Survival, Success, Surfing…and Love (2013)

  Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer’s Quest to Find Zeon on the Sea (2009)

Saltwater Buddha The Film

Content

Standard Ebooks

Comments

Caseable cover for Kindle Voyage

“15 first-class Kindle Voyage cases and covers” by Piotr Kowalczyk at Ebook Friendly – February 19, 2017

Next Week’s Guest

Alex Cabal, founder of Standard Ebooks

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TKC 465 Kevin Kelly

Author of The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

Interview starts at 18:40 and ends at 43:00

“All the visions that most people have of the future are all dystopian, and they’re afraid. They’re worried. And yet the reality, the scientific evidence is that we are much better off today. Any of your listeners are 10 times better off than 10 or 20 years ago.”

News

“Early data suggests Amazon’s Echo Show could be a hit with consumers” by Jonathan Camhi at Business Insider – May 24, 2017

Echo Show – $230 at Amazon.com. Buy two, save $100.

Prime Day Insider Guide

“The 5 best Amazon Prime Day deals you can actually get right now” by Samantha Gordon at USA Today – June 30, 2017

Interview with Kevin Kelly

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly

The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age by Sven Birkerts

Samsung Gear VR and Controller

Magic Leap

Recomendo newsletter

Next Week’s Guest

Jaimal Yogis, author of All Our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment and the Perfect Ride, The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me About Survival, Success, Surfing…And Love, and Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer’s Quest to Find Zen on the Sea

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TKC 464 David Wright

Reader’s Advisory Librarian at Seattle Public Library

Interview starts at 12:20 and ends at 37:05

“The Seattle Library has seen an exponential growth in our e-book usage, which like elsewhere is not cutting into our print usage. It’s additive, which is really interesting to see. Same with audiobooks. These new formats just seem to bring new people into reading and literature, so that’s all to the good.” (Photo by John Lok, The Seattle Times)

News

“New findings suggest it might be better to read toddlers an e-book than a print book” by Emma Young at The British Psychological Society Research Digest – June 15, 2017

“Amazon’s New Customer” by Ben Thompson at Stratechery – June 19, 2017

“In Whole Foods, Bezos Gets a Sustainably Sourced Guinea Pig” by Farhad Manjoo at The New York Times – June 17, 2017

“Open Road Integrated Media Newsletters Reach One Million Subscribers” – press release on June 22, 2017

Tech Tips

“Introducing Smart Home Camera Control with Alexa” by Jeff Blankenburg at Alexa Blogs – June 22, 2017

Interview with David Wright

Seattle Public Library

Nancy Pearl on TKC 268

Books by Jerome Charyn and James Sallis

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Books by Joanna Russ

Selected Shorts podcast

Books by Richard Matheson

Internet Archive

The Mysteries of Paris by Eugéne Sue

The Collected Works of Jack London

A Natural History of Hell: Stories by Jeffrey Ford (Includes “The Blameless”)

Articles by and about David Wright:

“Librarians of the 21st Century: Worst Story Time Ever? (Or Best?)” at LitHub – March 14, 2017

“Seattle library offers suspenseful story time just for grown-ups” by Nicole Einbinder at The Seattle Times – March 3, 2017

“Behind the Bookshelf: At home with a librarian” by Kelly Skahan at Seattle Refined

Readings (mp3) by David Wright:

Thrilling Tales events – a couple of ghost stories

Jean-Ah Poquelin, an old New Orleans Horror story by George Washington Cabell 

Some classic short-short stories:

William Hope Hodgson’s A Voice in the Night

Nikolai Gogol’s The Nose

Love Poems, by Lon Otto (NPR)

A pair of holiday tales (I read for NPR)

Content

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly

George and Lizzy: A Novel by Nancy Pearl (Available for pre-order)

Comment

“Here’s An Idea For Amazon Kindle Books” by Dan Barnett at Medium – June 21, 2017

Next Week’s Guest

Kevin Kelly, author of The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

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TKC 463 Jeff O’Neal

Executive Editor and Co-founder of Book Riot

Interview starts at 10:10 and ends at 43:25

“If publishers woke up tomorrow and sanely priced e-books, I think it would be different in degree not in kind. I don’t think we’d see 10x growth in e-books’ market share. Maybe there would be 5, 10 percent [growth in] market share.”

News

“Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion” by Nick Turner at Bloomberg – June 16, 2071

Press Release announcing Whole Foods acquisition – June 16, 2017

“Cramer: Amazon could dominate food retail within two years” video at CNBC – June 16, 2017

“Amazon will be the first company worth $1 trillion” by Eric Johnson at Recode – June 12, 2017

Jeff Bezos tweet re: philanthropy

The Case for a National Library Endowment via David Rothman

Tech Tips

“How to install Google Play on Kindle Fire (without root) by Olga & Rachel at Love My Fire

Yousician

Interview with Jeff O’Neal

The Reading Ape

Book Riot

Book Riot podcasts: Book Riot, All the Books, Get Booked, SFF Yeah! (science fiction/fantasy), and Read or Dead (mystery/thriller)

Maud Newton’s blog

The Elegant Variation

Clinton Kabler, chief operating officer and co-founder of Riot New Media Group

Rebecca Joines Schinsky, executive director of product and ecommerce at Riot New Media Group

Amanda Nelson, managing editor of Book Riot

The New York Times Book Review

Goodreads

Wattpad

Scribd

Audible

Next Week’s Guest

David Wright, readers advisory librarian at the Seattle Library

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TKC 462 John Mitchinson

Co-founder and chief publishing officer of Unbound

Interview starts at 8:56 and ends at 42:25

“It’s not so much the elephant in the room. We are the room inside the elephant, if you look at the size that Amazon is growing as an online retailer. That kind of troubles me, because I feel a little bit like when publishing does get round to direct-to-consumer it will already be too late. ”

News

“Amazon Will Be the Fifth Largest Bookstore Chain” by Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly – June 1, 2017

Amazon Fresh

“Amazon is going after Walmart with a 45 percent discount on Prime for lower-income shoppers” by Jason Del Rey at Recode – June 6, 2017

Tech Tips

“Amazon Unveils New Kindle Highlight and Note System” by Michael Kozlowski at Good E Reader – June 6, 2017

Interview with John Mitchinson

John Mitchinson on TKC 213 in 2012

Unbound

Unbound co-founders Justin Pollard and Dan Kiernan

QI (Quite Interesting), the BBC quiz show

Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts

Kickstarter and Indiegogo

Unbound books by Jonathan Meades and Jonathan Coe

Morgan Entrekin, president and publisher of Grove/Atlantic Books, cofounder of the Literary Hub website (Click here for Morgan’s appearance on The Kindle Chronicles in May of 2016 at BookExpo America.)

Unbound’s Backlisted podcast hosted by John Mitchinson and Andy Miller (author of The Year of Reading Dangerously) at SoundCloud and iTunes

Unbound Digital books at Amazon.com

A Murder of Crows by Ian Skewis

The Elegant Art of Falling Apart by Jessica Jones – $10.99 on Kindle, or $7.00 at Unbound (.mobi file download)

A Box of Birds by Charles Fernyhough – $7.00 at Unbound

Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience compiled by Shaun Usher – $15.39 on Kindle or $22.97 in hardcover at Amazon.com; $15 eBook or $35 special hardback edition at Unbound

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla (Unbound)

Tatterdemalion by Sylvia Linsteadt, illustrated by Rima Staines (Unbound)

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon by Crystal Zevon

Content

“5 Good Summer Reads” by Bill Gates at Gates Notes – May 22, 2017

Book Riot podcast with mention of Gates’s 5 Summer reads

Next Week’s Guest

Jeff O’Neal, executive editor and co-founder of Book Riot

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