TKC 408 BookExpo America w/ Scott Turow, Jon Fine and — Donald Trump?

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Audio recorded at BookExpo America in Chicago and related links:

Jon Malinowski (2:00-4:25), president of The Combined Book Exhibit, creator of the Book Fair Buddy app on iOS and Android platforms.

    Pubmatch.com

“€œAuthorship in the Digital Age” panel moderated by Jon Fine (14:24-21:13), former Director of Author and Publishing Relations at Amazon

At Chicago’s BEA-Lite: A Meaningful Discussion on Publishers and Authors”€ by Porter Anderson at Publishing Perspectives – May 13, 2016

Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow (10:17-12:46)

   Barbara Freethy (8:40-10:00)

   A. Konrath(12:55-13:57).

   Scott Turow interview (21:24-31:02)

    “€œBookExpo America panel: Digital Authorship” by Chris Meadows at TeleRead – May 12, 2016

    “Scott Turow: Amazon uses ‘€˜unfair tactics’ in e-book market”€ by Shoshana Davis at CBS News – October 16, 2013

    A Taste of Generation Yum: How the Millennial Generation’s Love for Organic Fare, Celebrity Chefs and Microbrews Will Make or Break the Future of Food by Eve Turow

    “€œWhy Are Millennials So Obsessed With Food?”€ by Joe Pinsker at The Atlantic – August 14, 2015

Morgan Entrekin (34:15-41:40), president and publisher, Grove Atlantic

Amazon: Business as Usual?”€ forum at New York Public Library in 2014 with Morgan Entrekin as one of the panelists (video)

Morgan Entrekin, president and publisher, Grove Atlantic

Donald J. Trump? (43:36 – 44:58)

Trump’s America: The Complete Loser’s Guide by Scott Dikers, founding editor of The Onion

Next Week’€™s Guest:

Chang Kim, CEO at Tapastic, creator of the Tapas app for iOS and Android

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TKC 407 Martin Baron Interviews Jeff Bezos

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Washington Post Executive Editor, left, and owner
Jeff Bezos: We need to take The Washington Post from being a great local paper, which was a very successful strategy for decades, and transform it into a great national and global paper. We have the capability to do that, and as we do that we’€™re going to change the revenue structure. Weve historically made a relatively large amount of money per reader on a relatively small number of readers. We need instead to make a relatively small amount of money per reader on a much larger number of readers. If you are studying the news business, the Internet has been a disaster for traditional news companies for the most part, because it takes a lot of things away. There are a lot of anti-gifts the Internet brought to the traditional news business. But it does bring one huge gift. You have to maximize your usage of that new gift, which is that it provides almost free global distribution. We could have hundreds of millions of readers and make very little money [per reader] and have an amazing institution. And I’€™m happy to fund that until we get there.
Note: For this week’€™s show, I am bringing you extensive excerpts from a Jeff Bezos interview conducted by Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, on May 18, 2016 at an event named Transformers. I have interspersed the clips with my comments on the interview, which I thought was extremely well done and revealing.  Here are some links to coverage of the interview.
Next Week’s Show
Interviews and observations from Book Expo America in Chicago

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Mark Coker on Digital Trends – Liveblog at #BEA16

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Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, has just started outlining 10 trends affecting digital publishing. Liveblog starts now at #BEA16!

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TKC 406 Amazon’s Peter Korn on Accessibility

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Accessibility Architect at Amazon’€™s Lab126
Interview starts at 9:45 and ends at 39:50

We continually evaluate ways we can make reading on the Kindle more enjoyable, more comfortable, more accessible. This led us to create the Bookerly font. This led us to include the open-source OpenDyslexic font. So we continue to evaluate and bring innovations to our customers.

News
“Amazon borrows from YouTube script, opens marketplace to video creators”€ by Angel Gonzalez at The Seattle Times – May 10, 2016
Move Over Lexi – Roger Puts Amazon Alexa in Your iPhone for Free” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – May 12, 2016
Free Roger app for iOS
Goodreads launches free e-book giveaway promotions for $119 fee”€ by Chris Meadows at TeleRead – May 6, 2016
Tech Tip
Audible’s new Send This Book feature
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (Audible) – email me at PodChronicles AT gmail DOT com if you’€™d like me to send you a free copy of this audiobook, using Audible’s new Send This Book Book Feature
Interview with Peter Korn
Amazon’s guide to VoiceView
Kindle Paperwhite blind and visually impaired readers bundle
My Coverage of VoiceView at TeleRead and The Kindle Chronicles – May 10, 2016
Content
Next Week’s Show
Interviews and my observations from Book Expo America in Chicago
If you are interested, please check out my BEA Liveblog posts on Goodreads author tips and Rethinking the Standard Author Contract

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Publishers Getting the Most Out of Goodreads: Hear Their Success Stories – Liveblog at #BEA16

GoodreadsPatrick Brown, director of author marketing at Goodreads, and Laura Clark, senior director of marketing, communications & audience development at St. Martin’s Press…

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Rethinking the Standard Publishing Agreement – Liveblog at BookExpo America

An all-star panel moderated by Authors Guild executive director Mary Rasenberger is discussing book contracts here at BookExpo America. The panelists are Michael Pietsch, CEO of Hachette; Morgan Entrekin, CEO of Grove Atlantic, and Jonathan Lyons, a literary agent. If you don’t see the liveblog posts, click on the headline above.

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Amazon announces VoiceView accessibility for Paperwhite with USB audible adapter

 

VoiceView for Kindle 3Amazon just released VoiceView for Kindle with a brand-new USB audio adapter that will enable blind and low-vision users of the current Paperwhite to hear text-to-speech content and to navigate their Kindles with connected earphones or speakers.

Peter Korn, Amazon’s accessibility architect, announced the new features in a blog post this morning.

“While developing VoiceView for Fire tablets, which uses Amazon’s natural language text-to-speech voices (formerly known as IVONA), we were also working on bringing VoiceView to our Kindle e-readers,” Korn wrote. “We are excited to say that, today, we have brought VoiceView to our Kindle e-readers, starting with the Kindle Paperwhite, so that visually impaired customers can enjoy reading on our Kindle e-readers, too.”

In an interview recorded yesterday that will air on the next Kindle Chronicles podcast Friday, May 13, Korn said VoiceView for Kindle will differ in some respects from the VoiceView that is now part of Fire OS 5, introduced in October of last year.

“The biggest difference isn’t in the VoiceView screen reader,” Korn told me in the interview. “It is in the base UI (User Interface) of the device.”

VoiceView for the dedicated Kindle eReader is simpler to use than VoiceView for the multi-purpose, multi-media Fire tablet, Korn said.

“A lot of older folks who have loved reading all their lives are maybe not as savvy with computers,” Korn suggested, leading them to prefer a dedicated eReader to a tablet. “That simpler interface carries forward with VoiceView on the eReader,” he said.

One VoiceView for Fire feature that will not be available in the first release of VoiceView for Kindle is called the Jog Wheel. An Amazon addition to the underlying Android accessibility tools, Jog Wheel enables a blind or low-vision reader to move quickly though text a character or a word at a time at variable speed.

VoiceView features that will be the same on Kindle and Fire include linear and touch navigation, a broad range of speech feedback rates and earcons, which are beeps and other sounds which have specific meanings in the screen-reading environment.

Because the Paperwhite does not have a speaker or headphone jack, Amazon created a micro-USB Kindle Audio Adapter to enable users to hear VoiceView’s navigation guides and text-to-speech.

U.S. customers can purchase a bundle of both the Kindle Audio Adapter and the Paperwhite here.

“Customers who purchase this bundle will receive a credit back on their account to cover the cost of the Kindle Audio Adapter, so they won’t have to pay extra for accessibility,” Korn wrote.

Amazon’s accessibility architect said VoiceView is coming first to the Paperwhite 7th Generation. When I asked if it will also be added to the basic Kindle, Voyage, and Oasis models, he replied: “I’m going to have to ask you to stay tuned for further announcements. Accessibility work in Amazon devices has been accelerating over the past few years. But you’ll just have to stay tuned.”

A goal of Amazon’s accessibility team is to enable a blind or low-sight customer to set up VoiceView without the assistance of a sighted person. To that end, when the Kindle Audio Adapter is connected to a Paperwhite, VoiceView will automatically begin running, Korn told me in the interview.

The adapter is purpose-built for VoiceView, Korn said. That means it will not enable sighted readers to turn off VoiceView and still use the adapter to hear general Kindle text-to-speech, Audible books, or mp3 files through headphones or speakers.

When I asked him if Amazon might in the future enable those audio features on the Paperwhite and other Kindles without VoiceView, Korn replied, “We generally don’t comment on our future roadmap, so I’m not going to be able to speak to that.”

You will hear lots more about Amazon’s accessibility program in the interview on Friday’s episode of The Kindle Chronicles.

I took the opportunity of the interview to see if David Rothman’s campaign for a bold-font option on Kindle text is getting any traction with the accessibility team. Here is the transcript of my questions and Korn’s answers on that topic:

Q: David Rothman at TeleRead has, I think, been pretty persuasive that, for some readers who have difficulty reading, an all-bold option or a slider to increase font boldness would be terrific on Kindles. I think Kobo has this capability. In your scanning of customer requests or perceived needs from customers is that something you’ve heard much about?

A. We’ve gotten feedback from customers on quite a lot of topics, and font choice is certainly one of those.

Q. I can picture you’ve all kinds of possible advances. How do you decide which ones you’re going to try to implement first and which ones are going to have to wait a while, if ever?

A. We continually evaluate ways we can make reading on the Kindle more enjoyable, more comfortable, more accessible. This led us to create the Bookerly font. This led us to include the open source Open Dyslexic Font, so we continue to evaluate and bring innovations to our customers.

Korn said Amazon has created a new email address for feedback related to device accessibility. It is device-accessibility@amazon.com . For feedback on more general accessibility topics, you can use the email address accessibility-feedback@amazon.com.

Amazon continues to expand its Lab126 accessibility team based in Sunnyvale, California, Korn told me. You can see the listings at amazon.jobs using the search term “accessibility.”

That’s how he found his job as accessibility architect, a position he has held since October, 2013.

[I am cross posting this story at TeleRead]

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TKC 405 Paul St John Mackintosh

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Author, Poet and Associate Editor of TeleRead
Interview starts at 22:08 and ends at 43:10
This [Kindle Oasis] basically gives Amazon its BMW or its Mercedes Benz, which is a pretty powerful draw for the entire range. It has produced a very fine, high-end E Ink eBook reader which caters very well to really serious readers.

News

Amazon’s First Quarter earnings report – April 28, 2016
Motley Fool Money podcast on Amazon earnings – April 29, 2016 (Thanks to David Enzel for the link)
“Amazon was profitable for four quarters in a row” by Jason Del Rey at re/code – April 28, 2016
Jeff Bezos Sells $671 Million of Amazon Stock in Biggest Sale Ever by Aaron Pressman at Forune.com – May 6, 2016
Mary’s Place link for Amazon wish list

Tech Tip

How I am using Amazon Tap

Interview with Paul St John Mackintosh

Project Gutenberg
The Musical Box of Wonders by Paul St John Mackintosh (paperback only) published by H. Harksen Producitons
Following is the complete text of the poem recited by Paul St John Mackintosh at the end of the interview:

Mackintoshes

I’m writing this to tell my baby daughter
–who took my pen to chew just now–about her
rambunctious forebears, Papists or Dissenters,
before they were Glasgow artists or inventors:
nine hundred years of sanguinary glories,
blood-fuelled vendettas, feuding feudatories,
feral mosstroopers, breekless in the heather,
sleeping out plaid-wrapped through all Highland weather;
conveniently detained during Flodden,
second at Bannockburn, first at Culloden;
Jacobite malcontents, staunch in lost causes,
schooled by reverses and misfortune’s tawses;
clan wildcat totem for crest and supporters,
red lion, boar’€™s head, heart in hand, ship quarters;
proud bearings passed through gentleman and peasant,
from those ancestral mountains to the present
ludicrous days of raincoats and galoshes:
ferocious, feckless, fearless Mackintoshes.

Next Week’€™s Guest
Peter Korn, accessibility architect at Amazon

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TKC 404 James McQuivey

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Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research
 
Interview starts at 12:00 and ends at 44:01
I’ve got to write this down in a way that helps people understand how this cycle works, where technology comes in and allows us to render scarcity irrelevant. And then what’s the business strategy to do this? And that’s where I point to people like Uber, Airbnb, Amazon—who are in the habit of saying, “How could we give people more for less?” Which is not the way traditional business was operating.
News
Kindle Oasis at Amazon.com
Check out $20 off deals on Kindle, Kindle for Kids Bundle, and Kindle Paperwhite! (Not sure how long they will last.)
My 17-minute video review of Kindle Oasis, featuring Darlene’s comments in her quilting studio – April 27, 2016
Fintie Oasis cover story by Chris Meadows at TeleRead
“Amazon in Talks to Create Virtual Reality Content” by Joan E. Solsman at The Wrap – April 26, 2016
Ricoh Theta M15 360 Degree camera
Samsung Gear VR headset (requires Samsung smartphone)
360 YouTube video of Susan Carlson’s quilting class – April 25, 2016
 “Susan Carlson: Quilting in the Key of Life” at lenedgerly.com – April 27, 2016
Samsung’s Gear 360 camera
 
Interview with James McQuivey
“Brief: Digital Winners Know That More is More” by James McQuivey with Oliwia Berdak, Michelle MOorehead, Anna Berman, and Diane Lynch (one-paragraph summary; full report costs $349)
Next Week’s Guest
Paul St John Mackintosh, associate editor of TeleRead
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TKC 403 Szymon Szott

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Assistant Professor at AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow Poland
Interview starts at 20:15 and ends at 43:40
On the Kindle Oasis: “I remember the first eBook readers that were available in Poland cost about that much as well, seven to eight years ago. It’s quite a steep price, and I’ve read comments on Polish web sites that indeed it’s very expensive. I also think that it’s something that you first need to probably experience when you’ve had it in your hands, and I think that’s when you can really say if it’s worth the price.”
News
Kindle Oasis: Unlike Any Kindle You’ve Ever Held (If you order with this link, it will support the podcast with Amazon Associates commissions—thank you!)
This Week in Tech 558 with Leo Laporte & Friends – April 17, 2016
“Estimating Kindle E-Book Sales for Amazon” by Trefis Team at Forbes – April 2, 2016
     Lyrics at Google Play
“With Seattle Shelter Effort, Amazon Shows Glimmers of a ‘Good Neighbor’” by Kirk Johnson at The New York Times – April 21, 2016.  (Click here to donate items to Mary’s Place that will be shipped directly to the homeless shelter set up by Amazon near its new corporate offices in Seattle.)
“Amazon Wins $30 Million Deal to Sell E-Books in NYC Schools” by Hilary Brueck at Fortune – April 21, 2016
“Challenge to Google Books is Declined by Supreme Court” by Adam Liptak and Alexandra Alter at The New York Times – April 18, 2016
Interview with Szymon Szott
AGH University of Science and Technology website
Ivona – try all the voices!
VoicePIN voice recognition (biometrics) developed by a colleague of Szymon Szott at AGH
Szymon Szott at ResearchGate, a social network for researchers
“SDN@home: A Method for Controlling Future Wireless Home Networks” co-authored by Szymon Szott at IEEE Communications Magazine, the flagship magazine of the IEEE Communications Society – to be published in May, 2016
“Discouraging Traffic Remapping Attacks in Local Ad Hoc Networks” by Jerzy Konorski and Szymon Szott – July 2014
World of (e)Readers blog by Robert Drozd – “All readers of e-books, electronic books and the Kindle in Poland”
“Polish view of Kindle Oasis” at TeleRead – April 22, 2016
Content
Poland: A History by Adam Zamoyski
Poems New and Collected by Wislawa Szymborska
Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold
Next Week’s Guest
James McQuivey, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Forrester Research
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 Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.
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