TKC 413 Publishing Visionary Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman
Co-Founder, Chairman and Executive Publisher of Open Road Integrated Media
 
Interview starts at 15:17 and ends at 44:11
I do not think that the world of print survived and now will thrive at the expense of eBooks. I think eBooks will coexist with print, which I think is the best of all possible worlds. And I think that at the right price the revenue that one can receive from eBooks will be pretty substantial.
News
All-New Kindle in white or black with or without special offers (the link includes my Amazon Associates code and will provide a commission to support the podcast if you use it—thanks!)
“Apple E-book Refunds to Begin June 21” by Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly – June 20, 2016
“Himalayan delivery by bike for Amazon man” at Hemmel Today – June 17, 2016
Tech Tip
Interview with Jane Friedman
“Slavin Named CEO of Open Road; Friedman Becomes Chairman” by Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly – May 31, 2016
Open Road press release announcing new CEO – May 31, 2016
Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead Goerge
Pat Conroy books at Open Road
Homeland on Prime Instant Video
The Affair (Showtime)
Open Road’s The Lineup site

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Now available for pre-order: Smaller, lighter Kindle at the same $80 Price

Kindle, White, Side, StoreAmazon this morning announced a smaller and lighter Kindle eReader—available now for pre-order at amazon.com/kindle for the same $80 price as the current 5th-Generation entry-level model. In addition, the company introduced a new Export Notes feature that will arrive in an over-the-air software update for the new Kindle as well as for the Paperwhite, Voyage, and Oasis.
In a press release issued yesterday under an embargo that was lifted today at 6 a.m. PT, Amazon described the new Kindle as “thinner, lighter, and with twice the memory” as the current model. It will be available in black or white, the latter an option not seen in the U.S. since the Kindle Keyboard nearly five years ago.
Amazon described the new Kindle as having “a more rounded design, making it easy and comfortable to hold in one hand at any angle for extended reading sessions.”
Replying to my emailed question last night, an Amazon representative said the new Kindle will be 16 percent lighter (5.7 ounces/161 grams compared with 6.7 ounces/191 grams for the current Kindle) and 11 percent thinner (0.36 inches /9.1 millimeters compared with 0.40 inches/10.2 millimeters). The new Kindle will also be slightly smaller in length (6.3 inches/160 mm versus 6.7 inches/ 169 mm) and width (4.5 inches/115 mm versus 4.7 inches/119 mm).
Amazon said in its release that the new Kindle is available for pre-order around the world “and will start shipping in the coming weeks.”
Export Notes, a significant new software improvement, will be added to the Kindle in a free, over-the-air update “in the coming weeks,” Amazon said. Here is the description of it from the release:

“It’s now easy to export notes and highlights from a book to your e-mail, so you can always have them on-hand for reference. Receive your notes both as an easily printable PDF that’s ready to bring to your book club, and as a simple file you can open in your favorite spreadsheet app.”

Amazon’s rep said Export Notes will also be made available via a wireless software update for the more expensive Kindles—the Paperwhite, Voyage, and Oasis.
Depending on how well it works, Export Notes looks as if it will make fetching and using Kindle highlights and notes much more convenient than the current process of finding them at your kindle.amazon.com page. Because it will be built into the Kindle’s software, Export Notes will probably also be more convenient than existing third-party annotation tools such as clippings.io , Bookcision, Snippefy, and Calibre.
See Nate Hoffelder’s useful comparison of the existing annotation-export options here.
Nate points out that the Kindle apps for iOS and Android already offer the option to export your notebook of annotations made in a Kindle book to flashcards or email. The Export Notes software update will apparently give the Kindle, Paperwhite, Voyage, and Oasis an even better export capability. So far, the Fire tablets do not have the ability to export a notebook of annotations.
Amazon in its release also said the new Kindle will offer built-in Bluetooth audio for accessibility using the recently introduced VoiceView screen reader—without needing the Kindle Audio Adpator that is currently required for VoiceView on the Paperwhite.
“This is enabled through a new out-of-box experience specifically for visually impaired customers that allows them to pair their Kindle with Bluetooth headphones or a speaker,” Amazon said in the release.
All in all, this is an impressive update for the entry-level Kindle.
At first glance, it may not seem like a big deal to trim a single ounce from the weight of a Kindle, but to do it and keep the price at $80 has to be considered an significant achievement on the part of Amazon’s Lab126 engineers.
The new Kindle will weigh only an ounce more than the $290 Oasis (not including the Oasis’s charging cover). At 5.7 ounces, the new Kindle sneaks past the Voyage (6.3 ounces for WiFi only) to become the second-lightest Kindle in the lineup. The top-selling Paperwhite will maintain its dubious distinction as the heaviest of the Kindles, at 7.2 ounces for WiFi only.
Few things come close to the importance of weight in evaluating the ergonomics of an eReader, in my opinion. Whether it’s at the beach or in bed, I appreciate every ounce trimmed from the weight of an eReader.
It’s also laudable that Amazon today follows up its April introduction of the new Porsche of Kindles, the pricey Oasis, with a major upgrade for the entry-level model.
Or, as the Amazon exec quoted in the press release, Kindle General Manager Arthur van Rest, puts it:
“Tens of millions of readers around the world have Kindle e-readers and today, we’re excited to make our most affordable Kindle even better, while keeping the same breakthrough price point. With a thinner and lighter design, twice the memory, and all the features customers love about Kindle, it has never been a better time to be a reader.”
I know smartphones and tablets continue to grab a bigger share of eBook reading. But I’m still a big fan of the E Ink Kindle family for the peacefulness of book-only screen time.
So Bravo to Amazon for continuing to dance with and invest in the eReader that brought it to the device business in 2007. Remember that one? It weighed 10.4 ounces, cost $400 and sold out in five and a half hours.
Kinda makes you wonder what’s ahead!

[Cross-posted at TeleRead.]

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TKC 411: Katie Donelan, Kids’ Books & Trump at BEA

Katie Donelan

Director of Business Development at BookBub
 
Interview starts at 5:64 and ends at 16:18
BookBub definitely got off the ground with self-published authors. They’re often the first people in the industry to experiment with a new marketing channel, and they were much more comfortable discounting their books four years ago than a lot of traditional publishers were. Over the course of the past four years we’ve started working with all the major publishers, and we’ve gotten to the point where it’s fifty-fifty. We’ve actually maintained that breakdown for a while now, and we’re very comfortable with it.
News
“Amazon’s Third Bookstore Will Be in Portland” by Leena Rao at Fortune – June 15, 2016
Interviews at BookExpo America
 
Katie Donelan, Director of Business Development at BookBub (5:64 to 16:18)
     “Introducing BookBub New Release Alerts” at BookBub blog – January 4, 2016
     BookGorilla
 
David Hemphill, publisher of Coralstone Press (16:54 to 24:26)
     The Good Dog by Todd Kessler, illustrated by Jennifer Gray Olsen
     The Good Dog and the Bad Cat by Todd Kessler, illustrated Gray Olsen (available for pre-order, delivery on September 1, 2016)
     Blue’s Clues on Nikolodeon (Amazon Prime Instant Video)
 
Christina York, co-founder and CEO of Spellbound (24:46 to 29:26)
 
Scott Dikkers, founder of The Onion (29:27 to 39:53)
     Trump’s America: The Complete Loser’s Guide by Scott Dikkers – available in Kindle, paperback, and audio formats
     The Comedy Insider Podcast, a serious conversation about comedy – hosted by Scott Dikkers (See Episode 13 for the Andy Borowitz interview)
 
Tech Tip
“Kindle firmware v5.8.1: It’s all about dots and sharing” by Chris Meadows at TeleRead – June 16, 2016
 
Content
“Five Curious Ways to Find New Books to Read” by Mihir Patkar at MakeUseOf – June 14, 2016
 
Next Week’s Guest
Jane Friedman, chairman of Open Road Media

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TKC 410 Peter Hudson of Shelfie

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Co-Founder and CEO of Shelfie.com
 
Interview starts at 12:44 and ends at 32:05
We needed to find a metaphor, an analogy for the playlist or the inbound link when it came to books. What we found is that bookshelves are an incredibly good signal.
News
1999 Jeff Bezos speech at Association of American Publishers meeting (YouTube)
Tech Tip
Software version 5.1.4 updates for Fire HD 8, Fire HD 10 and Fire
“Amazon Fire updates to Fire OS 5.1.4 – many changes?” by Paul St John Mackintosh at TeleRead – June 5, 2016
Interview with Peter Hudson
The Fireman and Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
 
Content
Daily Beast story on Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump by Harry Hurt III, described as “Trump’s most hated biographer” – June 7, 2015
Note: After posting this episode I discovered that Hurt’s self-published Kindle version of Lost Tycoon is no longer available at The Kindle Store. I apparently am not the only one who noticed the deeply flawed formatting.
Next Week’s Show: More from BookExpo America in Chicago

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TKC 409 Chang Kim on Bite-Sized Content

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CEO of Tapas Media
 
Interview starts at 19:22 and ends at 43:40
I believe that for publishing, even though Kindle is capturing a lot of the mobile market, I think there are still innovations to be made. In terms of marketplace players out there who have fundamentally thought about the whole thing from mobile specifically, I don’t think there’s a lot yet.
News
Walt Mossberg interviews Jeff Bezos at Recode’s Code Conference 2016 (full video and a separate audio link) – May 31, 2016
Amazon’s $290 e-reader misfire: A hands-on review of the new Kindle Oasis by Michael Hiltzik at The Los Angeles Times – May 31, 2016
Fire HD 10 tablet – now available in Silver Aluminum and 64 GB models
Interview with Chang Kim
Tapas Media Crunchbase listing
Tapas App on iOS and Android
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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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