TKC 442 Aboard the Silver Meteor

Supper aboard the Silver Meteor en route to Kissimmee, Florida

News

“How Netflix Lost Big to Amazon in India” by Abhishek Madhaven at Backchannel – January 12, 2017

Tech Tip

“Is Amazon’s Newest 5% Credit Card Worth the Hype?” by Nick Clements at Forbes – January 13, 2017

Interview with Kindle Owner Robert Millonig (Starts at 17:51 and ends at 27:35)

The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution 1763-1789 by Robert Middlekauf

Next Week’s Guests

Mark Roberts and Patience Clevenger, co-authors of Evelyn’s Lighthouse

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TKC 441 Paul Slavin

CEO of Open Road Integrated Media

Interview starts at 14:22 and ends at 41:41

[NOTE: The audio for this episode misstates the year of this episode–

it should be 2017, not last year!]

Links for Interview with Paul Slavin:

Open Road Integrated Media website

Paul Slavin’s 2016 year-end letter to employees

Early Bird Books newsletter

BookBub

BookGorilla

Upstairs at the White House by J. B. West

Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T. J. Stiles

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll

Selected Poems of Ezra Pound

Next Week’s Show:

I plan to record the next TKC episode aboard Amtrak’s Silver Meteor from Penn Station in New York City to Kissimmee, Florida. If I am able to upload 360 videos from the train you will see them at Periscope.tv/lenedgerly.

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TKC 440 Will Schwalbe

Author of  Books for Living

Interview starts at 19:07 and ends at 43:15

“One of the reasons I come back to Lin Yutang is a marvelous story he tells, in 1937, about being in the most famous tea house in China. And the tourists there are so busy taking photographs of themselves drinking tea that they don’t enjoy the tea. And I thought to myself, ‘We blame too much on the machines.’ Constant connectivity is our fault. It’s not the fault of the little items we hold in our hands. And it’s been a problem—distraction and impatience have been with us since the dawn of time. So my first thing is to blame myself and not the machine.”

News

“How Alexa Won CES” (video) by Geoffrey A. Fowler at The Wall Street Journal – January 6, 2017

“Amazon’s Alexa is everywhere at CES 2017” by Jacob Kastrenakes at The Verge – January 6, 2017

LG press release on Smart Instaview refrigerator – January 4, 2017

“Mattel’s $300 Echo clone will read your children bedtime stories” by James Vincent at The Verge – January 3, 2017

“Lynx Robot is Alexa’s best disguise at CES 2017” by Andrew Gebhart at CNET – January 5, 2017

“Get Ready, Your Robotic Roomate is Moving in” by Aki Ito at Bloomberg – January 6, 2016

“Murder Suspect’s Amazon Echo device could help solve the case” by Chris Graham at The Telegraph – December 28, 2016

“Bentonville PD Says Man Strangled, Drowned Former Georgia Officer” at 5News – February 23, 2016

“Police ask: “Alexa, did you witness a murder?” by Sean Gallagher at Ars Technica – December 28, 2016

Bentonville Police search warrants in Bates case

Amazon Books page at Amazon.com

Tech Tip

ereaderiq.com

Interview with Will Schwalbe

Books for Living by Will Schwalbe

“The Need to Read” by Will Schwalbe at The Wall Street Journal – November 25, 2016 (Behind a paywall; try Googling “The Need to Read by Will Schwalbe”)

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

The Importance of Living by Lin Yutang

“Cabdriver’s Book Club” by Ryder Ziebarth at The New York Times – March 11, 2013

The Golden Age: A Novel by Joan London

Three Lives & Company bookstore in New York City

Patenting the Sun: Polio and the Salk Vaccine by Jane E. Smith (not available on Kindle)

Watership Down: A Novel by Richard Adams

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

“Lessons on How to Live, in 26 Books” by A. J. Jacobs at The New York Times – December 23, 2016

Next Week’s Guest

Paul Slavin, CEO of Open Road Integrated Media

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TKC 439 Darlene’s 2016 Technology Review

My Wife Darlene 

Interview ‪starts at 12:28 and ends at 44:58

“What’s great about Audible is you still get to hear a story. You’re not reading it, but you’re still getting a story. And for me sometimes when I get stuck on stuff in my studio, it’s just keeping me in the room long enough to get past it. And Audible does that.”

News

“Alexa Devices Top Amazon Best-Seller List This Holiday – Millions of Alexa Devices Sold Worldwide” – press release December 27, 2016

“Amazon Has ‘Best Ever’ Holiday” at Forbes – December 27, 2016

“Not Everyone Shops on Amazon. Who Knew?” at WSJ What’s News podcast – December 30, 2016

“Amazon workers sleep in tents near firm’s Scottish depot to avoid travel costs” by Tom Mendelsohn at Ars Technica – December 12, 2016

“Here’s How Amazon is Flexing Its Muscle in Air Cargo” by Reuters at Fortune – December 23, 2016

“Amazon looks to the sky to store products” by Reuters at Yahoo Finance – December 29, 2016

“As We Leave More Digital Tracks, Amazon Echo Factors in Murder Investigation” at NPR – December 28, 2016

“Can Alexa help solve a murder? Police think so—but Amazon won’t give up her data.” by Amy B. Wang at The Washington Post – December 28, 2016

 

Interview with My Wife Darlene

Note: I took the photo of Darlene and Claire today in front of a quilt she is working on. It’s based on a photo of me and a sea lion taken during our trip to the Galapagos Islands last year.

“Is the Kindle Oasis Really Worth It?” – My YouTube review of the Oasis featuring “The Wife Test,” Darlene’s first impressions – April 27, 2016

Audible

Web page of Darlene’s quilting teacher, Susan Carlson

Amazon Echo and Dot

Pentatonix

“These Ford Cars Will Soon Be Able to Talk to Amazon’s Alexa” by Reuters at Fortune.com – October 3, 2016

Spire breath tracker

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TKC 438 Matthew Rubery

Author of  The Untold Story of the Talking Book 

Interview ‪starts at 12:44 and ends at 32:05

“There’s often a false division between audiobook listeners and print book readers, because in my experience the two are almost always the same. They’re people like me who just love reading and want to do as much of it as possible, and audiobooks are a way to do that.”

News

Jeff Bezos interviewed by Walter Isaacson at The Aspen Institute (YouTube) – October, 2016

“There’s a great new way to reuse your old Amazon shipping boxes” by Kif Leswing at Business Insider – September 23, 2016

“Give Your Amazon Box New Life” at Amazon.com

GiveBackBox.com

Amazon Echo, Dot, and Tap

“Amazon bets big on Las Vegas, rolling out nearly 5,000 Echo unites to hotel rooms” by Teena Maddox at TechRepublic – December 16, 2016

“Voice is the Next Big Platform, and Alexa Will Own It” by Jessi Hempel at Backchannel – December 19, 2016

Tech Tip

Audible Channels available on Fire tablets

Fire TV software updates

Interview with Matthew Rubery

The Untold Story of The Talking Book by Matthew Rubery

Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX)

“Audiobooks were set to destroy books—but instead, they opened a new world” by Kevin Canfield at The Washington Post – December 8, 2016

Content

Link to free audible audiobook of Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime (US only)

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TKC 437 Richard Hollick

Author of the Making Book blog

Interview ‪starts at 14:03 and ends at 44:31

The idea that Barnes & Noble can make it by sort of becoming a small, specialist, cozy bookstore is kind of delusional. It’s a big organization!

News

Amazon Prime Air

Jeff Bezos’s tweet announcing first Prime Air delivery – December 14, 2016

Jeremy Clarkson Prime Air video – November, 2015

Amazon White Papers on recommended drone access policy and revised air space model

WSJ Tech News Briefing podcast on Prime Air

More coverage of Prime Air at Wired, BBC, PC Magazine, and ABC

 

Tech Tip

To have Alexa play this podcast, say “Alexa, on Tune-in Radio, play The Kindle Chronicles podcast.”

You might also try this: “Alexa, sing O Christmas Tree”

Software update 5.8.7 for Kindle Oasis

Good deals on Kindle covers via TKC listener Marc:

   Inateck Kindle Cases Starting from $6.59 + Free Shipping via Slickdeals Hot Deals Forum

   Inateck Online via Amazon is discounting the following cases:

   Kindle Paperwhite Microfibril PU Leather Case [amazon.com] code: KPCOFF40

   Mint Green $6.59  Pink $7.19  Blue $7.19  Black $7.79

   Kindle Paperwhite Premium PU Leather Case [amazon.com] Now $8.39 code: KPLOFF44

   Kindle Voyage Premium PU Leather Case [amazon.com] Now $7 code: KVLOFF56

 

Interview with Richard Hollick

Making Book blog

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R. R. Martin

Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei (with More Ways) by Eliot Weinberger

“Dylan’s Nobel” at Making Book – December 13, 2016

“Bob Dylan: The Music Travels, the Poetry Stays Home” by Tim Parks at The New York Review of Books – October 16, 2016

The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone – available on Kindle at $15.99 for pre-order with delivery ‪January 31, 2017

“B&N’s Misunderstanding” at Making Book – November 16, 2016

My posts at Medium.com

“Google Deletes Artist’s Blog: He Has No Backup, and Only Himself to Blame” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – July 14, 2016

Call Recorder for FaceTime

Note on Last Week’s Bluehost outage

Next Week’s Guest

Matthew Rubery, author of The Untold Story of the Talking Book, published last month by Harvard University Press. Click here for the Audible version. (I probably mispronounced Matt’s last name in the audio. I will get it right next week!)

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 436 Bryan Hudson

Senior Pastor of New Covenant Church, Indianapolis

Interview ‪starts at 7:20 and ends at 33:36

I think it’s a matter of accepting the change that God has provided with these tools, learning how to use the tools. For example, we could try to tell people, “Well, don’t go to the movies.” Well, they’re going to the movies. Teach them how to go to movies. With social media and all the rest, I believe we need to just focus on making it useful, making it fruitful, trying to remove distraction. In other words, let’s not throw it out because some people abuse it. Let’s be disciplined with it. Let’s have purpose for it. Let’s use it in a way that is productive. So I believe that rather than complain about it, let’s harness it like one may harness a wild horse. Break the horse, you know? Learn to ride it! Let’s ride this, and let’s make the best use of it.

 

News

AmazonGo introduction video – December 5, 2016

A look back – Amazon Unveils Futuristic Plan: Delivery by Drone at CBS – December 1, 2013

“Can You Buy a Grain of Salt at Amazon Go?” by Ryan Mac at Forbes – December 5, 2016

“Amazon Working on Several Grocery-Store Formats, Could Open More than 2,000 Locations” by Laura Stevens and Khadeeja Safdar at The Wall Street Journal (paywall)- December 5, 20126

“Amazon’s ‘Just Walk Out’ Technology Isn’t Revolutionary” (video) – James Corden on the Late Late Show December 7, 2016

“From Fire House to School Halls, Mark Bezos Advocates Volunteering” by Ryan Deffenbaugh at WAG Magazine – December 1, 2016

Mark Bezos’s TED talk – March 2011

 

Interview with Pastor Bryan Hudson

Herron School of Art + Design

New Covenant Church’s 2016 Kenya Mission video

Books by Bryan Hudson including Romans Road: Inspiration & Insights from the Book of Romans

Media consulting and production: http://visioncomsolutions.com

New Covenant Church: http://www.newcovenant.org

Vision Books and Media: http://www.visionbooksmedia.com

Firm Foundation Conversations: http://www.firmfoundationtv.net

Multimedia in Focus media camp: http://www.visionmultimedia.org

Lightning Source by Ingram

 

Content

Audible offers Invisible Man free till December 31 – a message from Audible founder Don Katz

 

Next Week’s Guest

Richard Hollick, author of the Making Book blog

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TKC 435 Cynthia Manson

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Head of Cynthia Manson Literary Agency 

Interview ‪starts at 14:30 and ends at 41:06

“The trick is that if you have an author that is struggling to find that audience, to find that readership–Alan [Russell] is a perfect example, because he always got wonderful reviews, is a fantastic writer, still has a great relationship with his former editor at St. Martins, but there was always a struggle to find that readership. Amazon [Publishing] was able to do that through their own algorithms and their own customized ways of doing e-mails and finding those readers. I do think it’s just a different technique. Probably authors like Lee Child wouldn’t necessarily benefit from that, because we know that Lee Child is a major bestseller with Random House. He knows who his readers are.”

News

“Reducing Friction on Mobile,” a Manifesto 2016 talk by Kintan Brahmbhatt, Director of Prodcut & Program Management for Amazon Prime Music” (video) – April 8, 2016

“Amazon Plans Premium Alexa Speaker With Large Screen” by Mark Gurman at Bloomberg – November 29, 2016

“Amazon Wants Alexa to Take Control of Your Smart Home” by Greg Bensinger at The Wall Street Journal – May 17, 2016

“Alexa, Tell Me Where You’re Going Next” by Steven Levy at Backchannel – November 30, 2016

Amazon press release on holiday shopping weekend record – November 29, 2016

Tech Tip

Check here for all Kindle and Fire software updates

Software Update 5.8.7 for Kindle Oasis (8th Generation), Kindle (8th Generation), Kindle (7th Generation), Kindle Voyage (7th Generation), and Kindle Paperwhite (7th Generation), Paperwhite (6th Generation)

“Kindles finally get all-text bold” by David Rothman at TeleRead – December 1, 2016

Interview with Cynthia Manson

Sterling Lord

Books by Naomi Novik

Kindle Direct Publishing

Thomas & Mercer books at Amazon.com

Arctic Fire by Stephen Frey

Red Cell (3 Book Series) by Stephen Frey

Books by Alan Russell

Books by Robert Masello

Content

Aubrey/Maturin Novels (21 Book Series) by Patrick O’Brien, beginning with Master and Commander –  $199.27 on Kindle

Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brien – $1.99 on Kindle

Comments

“Author Ian McEwan: ‘Very few novels earn their length’” by Keith Perry at The Telegraph – September 1, 2014

Next Week’s Guest

Bryan Hudson, senior pastor of New Covenant Church in Indianapolis

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TKC 434 Seira Wilson

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Senior Books Editor at Amazon.com

Interview ‪starts at 12:41 and ends at 43:35

“[The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis] is one that I personally wanted to see as high on the list as possible. It’s a fictional story set in a post-apocalyptic world. It’s as if we’re living again in the Old West, so there’s vigilante justice, there are small pockets of people living in the wilderness. Searching for gold is kind of back in the day-to-day play, and people are heading north. This young girl, whose parents had taken off to go and search for gold themselves, is taken in by this man who she later finds out is not at all who she thinks he is. So she goes on the run from him in search of her parents. She has this amazing voice. We have been calling her a female Huckleberry Finn. It’s just that kind of a story and a narration where you just fall in love with her immediately. You want to keep reading and re-reading.”

News

“What the Big 5’s Financial Reports Reveal About the State of Traditional Book Publishing” by Thad McIlroy at BookBusiness – August 5, 2016

“Publishing in the Pacific Northwest: Amazon Becomes a Publishing Force” by Anisse Gross at BookBusiness – November 18, 2016

“Amazon in Talks with Simon & Schuster – Acquisition?” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – July 15, 2016 2014

“Amazon’s Next Frontier: Live Sports?” at WSJ Free For All Podcast with Jason Gay

“Amazon has big plans to expand its online tickets business” by Jason Del Rey at ReCode – November 22, 2016

“ How Jeff Bezos Used ‘The New York Times’ Expose to Make Amazon Better” by Justin Bariso at Inc – November 16, 2016

Tech Tip

“Control Neato’s robot vacuum with Amazon Alexa voice commands” by Sean Buckley at Engadget – November 22, 2016

Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet with improved keyboard entry – Black Friday sale price is $30 off at $60.

Interview with Seira Wilson

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling and Newt Scamander (Kindle pre-order, to be delivered on March 14, 2017)

Amazon editors’ picks for Best Books of 2016

The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

“Colson Whitehead Wins National Book Award for ‘The Underground Railroad’” by Alexandra Alter at The New York Times – November 17, 2016

The Wolf Road: A Novel by Beth Lewis

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance

The Nix: A Novel by Nathan Hill

Pumpkin Flowers: A Soldier’s Story by Matti Friedman

Mincemeat: The Education of an Italian Chef by Leonardo Lucarelli

The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis – available for pre-order with delivery on December 6, 2016

Comment

From Mark in Oslo: “Man hacks Alexa into singing fish robot, terror ensues” at The Verge – November 4, 2016

Next Week’s Guest

Cynthia Manson, New York literary agent

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TKC 433 Laura Hazard Owen

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Deputy Editor, Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard 

Interview ‪starts at 16:02 and ends at 40:51

I think it’s become very clear that there’s going to be a devoted subset of people who do read on eReaders, and there’s going to be a lot more reading on phones.

News

“Amazon App for iPhone Now Has X-Ray Vision to See Inside Your Packages” by Andy Orin at Lifehacker – November 16, 2016

“Alexa, What Are Your Deals?” – Amazon press release on November 18, 2016

“Amazon Starts Selling Certified Refurbished Kindle e-Readers” by Michael Kozlowski at Good E-Reader – November 15, 2016

Certified Refurbished items at Amazon.com

“Amazon looks to clean house—literally” by Angel Gonzalez at The Seattle Times – November 7, 2016

“Jeff Bezos Invests Billions to Make Amazon a Top E-Commerce Player in India” by Newley Purnell at The Wall Street Journal – November 18, 2016

“Amazon is going to sell cars online” by Eugene Kim at Business Insider – November 18, 2016

New Amazon Prime TV commercial featuring a priest and an imam

“Amazon TV ad features imam and vicar exchanging gifts” by Mark Sweney at The Guardian – November 15, 2016

“Jeff Bezos tweets his love for touching Amazon ad showing friendship between priest and imam” by Kurt Schlosser at GeekWire – November 17, 2016

Tech Tip

Two mistakes to avoid with Amazon Prime Fresh

Interview with Laura Hazard Owen

Nieman Foundation at Harvard

Nieman Journalism Lab

The Nieman Fellowships

Amazon Prime Reading

Six months free of digital access to The Washington Post for Amazon Prime members

New York Times podcasts

New York Times The Daily 360 virtual reality news clips

VR experience of solitary confinement by The Guardian

I’ll Be Right Back Laura Hazard Owen’s parenting newsletter

Publishing Trends

“Why We Are Buying PaidContent” by Om Malik – February 8, 2012

Om Malik on Leo Laporte’s This Week in Tech – November 8, 2015

Substitute: Going to School with a Thousand Kids by Nicholson Baker

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance

Content

“Amazon rolls out Rapids, a chat style reading app for kids” by Sarah Buhr at Techcrunch – November 2, 1016

Amazon Rapids

Next Week’s Guest

Seira Wilson, senior books editor at Amazon.com

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