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A close look at two impressive new Amazon Fire tablets

Is the Fire HD 8 worth $100 more than the $50 Fire? That depends. I hope this eight-minute video review will help you decide which one might be right for you. As always, I appreciate your support of the podcast. You can generate Amazon Associates income for the show by starting your Amazon buying session with […]

TKC 374 James McQuivey

Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research   Interview starts at 14:38 and ends at 41:53 It’s not about Amazon Echo, it’s about putting microphones in various contexts in your life. Plug one in, like a Glade air freshener, into your bathroom, one next to your bedstand, one in the hallway, one in the […]

Video Review of the New $50 Amazon Fire Tablet

Short story: I like it! Except for slower downloading, this shockingly cheap tablet delivers the goods for video, games, and books. Enjoy.

TKC 373 Dina Hilal

General Manager of Amazon’s Kindle Scout   Interview starts at 16:58 and ends at 44:45 It’s really the best part of the job. There isn’t a day that goes by that I’m not either extremely proud as a publisher or really inspired as a human. Intro Agents of Change conference on September 25, 2015, in […]

TKC 372 Amazon Fall Product Launch

Links related to Amazon’s 2015 Fall Product Launch in San Francisco Amazon news releases on the new $50 Fire tablet, the new Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 tablets, new Fire Kids Edition, new Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Fire TV Stick with voice remote The new Fire Tablets and Fire TV lineups […]

Amazon Gets Fired Up at San Francisco Press Preview of New Tablets and Fire TV

Yes, Virginia, there is a new $49.99 Fire tablet, available for preorder today and shipping September 30. But it has a 7-inch screen, not 6-inch as was reported in rumors, and it arrives with a couple of svelte (7.7 millimeters thin) new companions, the Fire HD 8 ($149.99) and Fire HD 10 ($229.99). And if you love […]

TKC 371 Michael Dirda

Author of Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books   Interview starts at 15:46 and ends at 42:34   My main attraction to a Kindle is only age-related. If my vision deteriorates enough that I need to make the type bigger, then I could see that it’s just a wonderful tool to […]

TKC 370 Mike Reeves-McMillan

Author of The Well-Presented Manuscript   Interview starts at 12:13 and ends at 42:27   There are some wonderful stories that I just can’t enjoy, because the author has done such a poor job with the language.  One of the reasons that I wanted to write The Well-Presented Manuscript was selfishly to increase my own […]

TKC 369 Sara Nelson

Editorial Director of Books and Kindle at  Interview starts at 14:54 and ends at 39:15  On The Story of the Lost Child: I think this is going to break Elena Ferrante out as a bona fide super star in this country. And nobody knows who she is, which I love! News “Amazon e-book deal […]

TKC 368 Jason Snell

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Six Colors   Interview starts at 17:44 and ends at 42:27 I hope the E Ink readers stick around, because I do love them. But it’s going to be a niche market. It’s going to be for people who are dedicated book readers who are willing to spend at least a […]