Category Archives: Kindle

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 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 […]

TKC 304 Ed Park

Senior Editor for Literary Fiction at Amazon Publishing Interview starts at 10:22  One of the things when I was teaching is I would have these students who had a lot of promise, and I would encourage them. I would try to find magazine editors or agents for them on occasion. But what if I could […]

TKC 303 Ann Kingman & Michael Kindness

Hosts of the Books on the Nightstand Podcast Interview starts at 16:12 (Photo by Katie Loss) [Ann Kingman]: We are very vehemently anti-book snobbery. We don’t care what people read. We try not to look down on anybody for any reading choices they make. We think there is a book for every reader out there. And […]

TKC 302 Tom Semple

Software quality engineer in Santa Clara, California Interview starts at 18:15 To me it’s really frustrating that you can’t get your notes and highlights easily. The minimal thing they could do is put on Manage Your Kindle, you pick a book and you say, “Download my notes and highlights for this book,” and it would […]

TKC 301 Sara Nelson

Editorial Director for Amazon.com books Interview starts at 21:41 The kinds of books that we call out—we do see that some of them go on to be successful. Did we call it, or did we cause it? I don’t know. I wouldn’t claim credit for it, but I’m thrilled to be part of the conversation. […]

TKC 299 Marie-Pierre Sangouard

Amazon’s Director of Kindle Content Acquisition for France Interview starts at 14:00 In France, publishers set the price of the digital version at 25 to 30 percent less than the physical book’s price, but when when the title becomes a mass-market paper book, some publishers still set the price at the same price or maybe […]

TKC 297 David P. Vandagriff

Attorney and Creator of The Passive Voice blog Interview starts at 17:13 In my opinion, any midlist author that sticks with a traditional publisher is crazy, because I personally know a number of formerly midlist traditionally publishing authors who are making a very, very nice living off of self-publishing now. We’re talking a 10-x increase […]

Peter Larsen to be featured at Amazon press event tomorrow in NYC

Amazon’s “Update on our video business” scheduled for tomorrow, April 2nd, at 11 a.m. in New York City, will feature not CEO Jeff Bezos but Peter Larsen, Vice President, Kindle. My guess is that Bezos will welcome media to the event, then turn details of Amazon’s new video initiative over to Larsen. If this were […]