Category Archives: Podcast

TKC 319 Jim Duncan

Executive Director of the Colorado Library Consortium Interview starts at 16:26 We could go back as a group of libraries, hundreds of libraries across Colorado, to a Big Five publisher and say, “We’re ready to buy your content directly, and here’s the way it looks: You make your content exposed and available in our marketplace. The […]

TKC 318 Sara Nelson

Editorial Director of Amazon.com Interview starts at 20:43 On the Amazon book team’s pick for September’s spotlight debut title, Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre: “Books about the war, any war, certainly a war that is current are very, very hard sells to customers. I think people often feel like they don’t want to read it, because they’re […]

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 […]

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 309 David P. 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 […]