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TKC 317 Julie Blattberg

Open Road Media’s executive director of consumer engagement Interview starts at 15:13 Who put the “social” in social media? That’s one human being making a connection with another human being—so Bill Gates read someone else’s copy of the book [Business Adventures by John Brooks] a million years ago, and it made an impression. That’s what social media […]

TKC 316 Ripley MacDonald

Amazon’s Director of Student Programs Interview starts at 15:59 Everything that’s available on Amazon is available at the Purdue Student Store. The way to think about it is, once you’ve activated the co-branding or entered Purdue mode, you are really experiencing a personalized version of the Amazon site. But the products, selection, and pricing are […]

TKC 315 Jason Boog

Author of Born Reading (with daughter Olive) Interview starts at 11:27 I knew then that I had come up with a pretty good mix. I knew she had a print book that she liked, and I knew she had an audiobook that she liked, and I knew she had something on the iPad that she could do […]

TKC 314 Juli Monroe

Editor of TeleRead Interview starts at 18:34 I think Amazon has done a better PR job. I think that they’re going to end up getting what they want, because I think Hachette needs them more than Amazon needs Hachette. Show Notes and Links: News “Safari Begins Next Chapter as an O’Reilly Media Company” by Andrew Savikas […]

TKC 313 Andrew Savikas

CEO of Safari Books Online Interview starts at 20:55 I don’t have any firsthand knowledge about how things have looked on the Kindle Unlimited side, though it’s certainly notable that for now, at least, I don’t think any of the Big Five trade publishers are participating. Show Notes and Links: News “ComiXology now offers DRM-free […]

TKC 312 Stephen Windwalker

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

TKC 311 Linda Grant

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 […]

TKC 310 David H. Rothman

Creator 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 […]