TKC 312 Stephen Windwalker

Photo by Betty Scharf

Photo by Betty Scharf

Creator of Kindle Nation Daily and BookGorilla

Interview starts at 9:23

I don’t think their market [for Fire phone] is people who don’t have a smartphone now. I think it’s people who have some version of an Android phone or an iPhone, and they’re committed Amazon customers. I would expect that 75 percent of their sales, just to pick a number out of thin air, could well be people who are Amazon Prime members.

Show Notes and Links:

Intro

Quilts by Susan Carlson

“Dear Jeff Bezos (One-Week Kindle Review)” by Robert Scoble – November 25, 2007

News

“Amazon Fire Phone: A good phone that needs another layer of polish”by Hayley Tsukayama at The Washington Post - July 23, 2014

“Early reviews very chilly concerning Amazon’s Fire Phone” by Luke Dormehl at Cult of Android – July 23, 2014

My unboxing video of the Fire Phone – July 23, 2014

1Mobile.com

Tech Tip

More on how to use Kindle Page Flip on the Paperwhite.

Interview with Stephen Windwalker

Kindle Nation Daily

Book Gorrilla

“Holt’s Legend grows with Superman-like grab” by Ian Browne at MLB.com – June 18, 2014

Credo Mobile

2048 Deluxe - free game at Apps for Android store

Free BookGorilla app for Kindle Fire and Fire Phone

Content

The Warriors: Reflections on Men in Battle by J. Glenn Gray, with introduction by Hannah Arendt – $15.87 in paperback at Amazon.com

Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt – $9.99 on Kindle

The Human Condition (2nd Edition) by Hanna Arendt – $9.00 on Kindle.

The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg – free on Kindle

Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow – $7.99 on Kindle

“A Note to Our Readers” by The Editors of The New Yorker – from the July 28, 2014 issue

“The New Yorker Stores  Stories You Should Read Before the Paywall Goes Up” by Eliza Berman and Slate Staff at Slate – July 22, 2014

Send to Kindle browser extension for Chrome

Next Week’s Guest

Andrew Savikas, CEO of Safari Books Online and a director of the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), which recently released a comprehensive report titled Digital Books and the New Subscription Economy.

How You Can Win a Nexus 7

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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 Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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Sun Test: iPhone 5S versus Amazon Fire Phone

 

One of the benefits Jeff Bezos claimed for the Amazon Fire Phone is that its screen would be easier to read in direct sunlight than existing smartphones. Today I took my Fire phone review unit and my iPhone 5S outside to compare the screens. I took the photo above with a real camera, my Nikon Coolpix S8000, and I think it shows slightly better readability on the Fire. In real life, I thought the advantage was greater than what you see here. I was reading the same Business Insider article on each device. On the iPhone, the contrast was not as good as on the Fire. The text on the Fire seemed to “pop” a little more. I won’t say it’s a huge difference, but it’s noticeable.

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Unboxing Video of Kindle Fire Phone

My very first impressions of the Kindle Fire phone? Mayday rocks. I tapped through to my first question and answer within five minutes of firing up the phone. Will I really cancel my iPhone contract with Verizon and rely on the Fire as my only phone? Not yet. I will be toting two phones for a while. I’ll have more in this week’s episode of the Kindle Chronicles, but one disappointment is that auto-scroll does not work on Kindle books, only on web pages. I’ve heard from Amazon that this will be remedied in a software update this fall.

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TKC 311 Linda Grant

Linda Grant - credit Judah Passow

Novelist, Journalist, Author of “I Murdered My Library”

Interview starts at 23:05

I was sitting, reading this novel on my Kindle. And I thought, actually, this is a perfect medium for this particular book [In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut], which had a very pared-down writing style. And I did have this very, very eerie sense that instead of the Kindle interfering with my ability to read the book, it made it a much purer experience. (Photo by Judah Passow)

Show Notes and Links:

Intro

“How to Get Back in Your Scull after Flipping,” YouTube video posted by Calm Waters Rowing

News

Kindle Unlimited video

Amazon press release announcing Kindle Unlimited – July 18, 2014

Looking for Ginger North by John Dunning – $8.99 on Kindle; free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers

No Excuses!: The Power of Self-Discipline by Brian Tracy – $9.99 on Kindle; free for Kindle Unlimited

I’m with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie by Pamela Des Barres – $9.39 on Kindle

“Les Moonves and Jim Lanzone on Aero, Latin America, and CBS’s Future” by Megan McCarthy at Fortune – July 15, 2014 (includes video of comments about Amazon and Simon & Schuster at about 15:00)

Tech Tip

My 3 a.m. epiphany in how to use Kindle Page Flip on the Paperwhite.

Interview with Linda Grant

I Murdered My Library by Linda Grant – $2.99 at Kindle Singles

“Linda Grant: ‘ I have killed my books’” in The Guardian – May 16, 2014

Linda Grant interviewed on BBC about her latest novel, Upstairs at the Party

Linda Grant on Twitter

In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut – $7.99 on Kindle

Nemesis by Philip Roth -$9.99 on Kindle

Upstairs at the Party by Linda Grant (at amazon.co.uk)

Content

Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone – $9.99 on Kindle

The Walk by Lee Goldberg – $5.99 on Kindle; free for Kindle Unlimited

Hidden by Catherine McKenzie – $1.99 on Kindle; free for Kindle Unlimited

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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TKC 310 David H. Rothman

RothmanCreator of TeleRead and LibraryCity

Interview starts at 15:48

Everyone, I think, would be better off if we replaced DRM [Digital Rights Management] with either no “protection” at all, or else social DRM, which in this case means imprinting the readers’ identities at the starts of books. The advantage of this is that books would no longer be siloed. Nook books could be read on Kindle and vice versa. At any rate, I think DRM has been one of the major barriers.

Show Notes and Links:

News

“Amazon makes an offer to Hachette authors” by Hayley Tsukayama in The Washington Post – July 8, 2014

“Authors Guild Weighs In on Amazon-Hachette Dispute” by Judith Rosen at Publishers Weekly – July 10, 2014

“Gatecrashing the Cozy Consensus on Amazon” by David Gaughran at Let’s Get Visible – July 6, 2014

“Amazon wants an exception from FAA drone restrictions” by Brian Fung in The Washington Post – July 11, 2014

Tech Tip

How to upload photos from your iPhone to Amazon Cloud Drive Photos app on your iPhone

Interview David H. Rothman

“Information Access for All” by David H. Rothman in Computerworld – July 6, 1992

The Silicon Jungle by David H. Rothman (Paperback, published in 1995)

The Solomon Scandals: A Novel by David H. Rothman (2009) – $2.99 on Kindle

David H. Rothman’s author page at Amazon.com

TeleRead: News & Views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics

LibraryCity

Digital Public Library of America

Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA)

“Cell Phone Book Clubs: A Way for Libraries to Promote Literacy, Technology, Family and Community” by David H. Rothman at LibraryCity – July 7, 2014

Nextdoor.com

The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope – 99 cents on Kindle

Content

101. Under the Dome - Behind the Scenes Season Premiere with Stephen King

Click here for lots of good deals on Kindle books for your summer reading pleasure.

Books suggested by listener Guven Witteveen (prices have gone up since sale mentioned on show):

   Reading Like a Writer (P.S.) by Francine Prose – $10.23 on Kindle

   The Writing Life by Annie Dillard – $9.78 on Kindle

   Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin – $3.99 on Kindle

   Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett – $9.78 on Kindle

   This Will Make You Smarter: 150 New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking by John Brockman – $8.81 on Kindle

“Amazon Announces Five Finalists in the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest” - press release July 8, 2014

Click here to read excerpts of finalists’ books and vote. Voting ends July 18, 2014.

Humble Bundle SciFi Book Bundle

July Must-Reads selected by Amazon’s book editors

Next Week’s Guest

Linda Grant, author of the Kindle Single I Murdered My Library

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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TKC 309 David P. Vandagriff

David Vandagriff

Contracts Attorney and Creator of The Passive Voice blog

Interview starts at 22:32

“Predatory pricing” sounds good to people who don’t really understand that law very well. But I don’t see anything in Amazon’s behavior that would support that. I think a predatory-pricing antitrust action would would get kicked out of court, because where are the big price increases that Amazon is asking for? The antitrust laws are not designed to protect particular companies or particular groups of companies in a business. They’re designed to protect competition and protect consumers. I think it’s inarguable that consumers love Amazon and that Amazon treats consumers, its customers, extremely well.

Show Notes and Links:

News

“eReaders, wearables endangered species” by Chris Griffith at The Australian – July 3, 2014

Forrester Research World eReader and eBook Forecast, 2012 to 2017 (Global) by Michael O’Grady

“James Patterson and others debate Amazon.com” by the Associated Press at The Washington Post - July 2, 2014

“Authors Weigh in on Amazon, Hachette Dispute” by Hayley Tuskayama at The Washington Post – July 3, 2014

“Authors Take Opposite Sides on Hachette, Amazon Spat” by Lynn Neary at National Public Radio blog (no audio) – July 3, 2014

To Thank Our Readers - Hugh Howey’s petition on behalf of Amazon at Change.org

Tech Tips

Nathan with eBookReader.com shows how to avoid Special Offers page on Paperwhite (Video)

CORRECTION: I stated the URL of the eBookReader site incorrectly on the podcast. It’s actually blog.the-ebook-reader.com

“Kindle Paperwhite Tips and Shortcuts Guide” at eBookReader.com – October 28, 2012

Love My Fire blog – with tip on how to load Google Play apps to Kindle Fire

Interview David P. Vandagriff

The Passive Voice blog

“Amazon: Business as Usual” – video of the complete forum discussion on July 1, 2014 at the New York Public Library

“Two Different Worlds” - David Vandagriff’s blog post on NYPL Forum – July 2, 2014

Author Earnings web site on self-published author earnings

Content

Joyland (Hard Case Crime) by Stephen King – $6.59 on Kindle

Hard Case Crime titles available at the Kindle Store

The Comedy is Finished by Donald E. Westlake – $6.83 on Kindle ($10.99 on Nook)

Songs of Innocence by Richard Aleas – $5.79 on 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 Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 308 My Grandson James

James reading

An 8-year-old Kindle reader

Interview starts at 15:56

You can take a photo and put it on the Kindle of yourself. You would never get to do that to a book, probably!

Show Notes and Links:

News

Full video of Jeff Bezos’s Fire Phone presentation on June 18 in Seattle

“FAA grounds Amazon’s drone delivery plans” by David Kravets in ars technics – June 24, 2014

“Amazon: just another greedy retailer” by Charles Arthur in The Guardian – June 21, 2014

“The Bus Pants Utilization” - Episode 12, Season 4 of The Big Bang Theory

Tech Tips

“Up the Creek with  Kindle: Test of WaterFi’s waterproof Paperwhite” - my YouTube video June 16, 2013

Waterproofed Kindle Paperwhite from Waterfi – $239 without special offers

20 heavy-duty Kindle covers and sleeves” by Piotr Kowalcyzk at Ebook Friendly – June 26, 2014

Snippefy for iPad Version 2.0 update

Interviews with James and Sarah

Click here to order a Kindle cover customized with a photo

The Boxcar Children Mysteries by Gertrude Chandler Warner – various prices for Kindle

The Horrid Henry Books series by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross – various prices for Kindle

Horrid Henry’s Underpants by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross – $3.82 on Kindle

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award

Content

Best Books of the Year So Far - chosen by Amazon’s book editors

The Set-Up: A Jeremiah Funk Mystery by Gordon Swartzfager – 99 cents on Kindle

Oyster Books

Oyster Books Kindle Fire app

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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Demo of Reading a Book on Amazon’s Fire Phone

Brett McNeill recorded this video showing the amazing way you can control the flow of text in a book using Amazon’s new Fire Phone. It’s pretty spectacular and makes this device a reader’s delight.

I’m packing up here in Seattle, headed to Denver after a very full dose of Amazon World. I keep thinking of the words painted on the wall of the Phoenix fulfillment center, as shown in a recent excellent Wired article:

work hard. have fun. make history.

Pretty good prescription for making a difference.

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TKC 307 Fire Phone Launch

Dave Limp

Dave Limp, Senior Vice President – Amazon Devices

Interview starts at 27:17

A good example of a use case on reading, whether it’s the autoscroll in a web page or autoscroll in a book, is on a train. Lots of people in this world commute, and they read with one hand while they’re coming into the office. With traditional sensors, a phone does not know the difference between the movement of the train and the movement of your hand. You hit a bump, it’s going to think your hand moved. But what we can do is we can track the phone relative to your head. And so all of the externalities that might happening—it might be your car moving or a train moving–we can then isolate out of that so the autoscroll can be a smooth and seamless reading experience with one hand while you’re hanging onto the rung of your subway car.

Thanks to Brett McNeill for helping out as my tech assistant at the Amazon launch of the Fire Phone!

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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Full video of Jeff Bezos and Amazon’s launch of Fire Phone

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