The Kindle Chronicles http://www.thekindlechronicles.com The Friday Podcast All About Your Kindle Sat, 24 Jun 2017 02:51:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Weekly podcast comprising News of the Kindle, Tech Tips, interview with a guest, content recommendations and listener comments. Produced by Len Edgerly, co-founder of E-Books for Troops and host of The Edge of the Road podcat. Len Edgerly clean Len Edgerly lenedgerly@gmail.com lenedgerly@gmail.com (Len Edgerly) The Kindle Chronicles 2012 The Friday Podcast All About Your Kindle The Kindle Chronicles http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Mantel-photo-144x144.jpg http://www.thekindlechronicles.com Weekly TKC 464 David Wright http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/06/23/tkc-464-david-wright/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/06/23/tkc-464-david-wright/#respond Sat, 24 Jun 2017 02:51:47 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7656

Reader’s Advisory Librarian at Seattle Public Library

Interview starts at 12:20 and ends at 37:05

“The Seattle Library has seen an exponential growth in our e-book usage, which like elsewhere is not cutting into our print usage. It’s additive, which is really interesting to see. Same with audiobooks. These new formats just seem to bring new people into reading and literature, so that’s all to the good.” (Photo by John Lok, The Seattle Times)

News

“New findings suggest it might be better to read toddlers an e-book than a print book” by Emma Young at The British Psychological Society Research Digest – June 15, 2017

“Amazon’s New Customer” by Ben Thompson at Stratechery – June 19, 2017

“In Whole Foods, Bezos Gets a Sustainably Sourced Guinea Pig” by Farhad Manjoo at The New York Times – June 17, 2017

“Open Road Integrated Media Newsletters Reach One Million Subscribers” – press release on June 22, 2017

Tech Tips

“Introducing Smart Home Camera Control with Alexa” by Jeff Blankenburg at Alexa Blogs – June 22, 2017

Interview with David Wright

Seattle Public Library

Nancy Pearl on TKC 268

Books by Jerome Charyn and James Sallis

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Books by Joanna Russ

Selected Shorts podcast

Books by Richard Matheson

Internet Archive

The Mysteries of Paris by Eugéne Sue

The Collected Works of Jack London

A Natural History of Hell: Stories by Jeffrey Ford (Includes “The Blameless”)

Articles by and about David Wright:

“Librarians of the 21st Century: Worst Story Time Ever? (Or Best?)” at LitHub – March 14, 2017

“Seattle library offers suspenseful story time just for grown-ups” by Nicole Einbinder at The Seattle Times – March 3, 2017

“Behind the Bookshelf: At home with a librarian” by Kelly Skahan at Seattle Refined

Readings (mp3) by David Wright:

Thrilling Tales events – a couple of ghost stories

Jean-Ah Poquelin, an old New Orleans Horror story by George Washington Cabell 

Some classic short-short stories:

William Hope Hodgson’s A Voice in the Night

Nikolai Gogol’s The Nose

Love Poems, by Lon Otto (NPR)

A pair of holiday tales (I read for NPR)

Content

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly

George and Lizzy: A Novel by Nancy Pearl (Available for pre-order)

Comment

“Here’s An Idea For Amazon Kindle Books” by Dan Barnett at Medium – June 21, 2017

Next Week’s Guest

Kevin Kelly, author of The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 463 Jeff O’Neal http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/06/16/tkc-463-jeff-oneal/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/06/16/tkc-463-jeff-oneal/#comments Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:19:41 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7646

Executive Editor and Co-founder of Book Riot

Interview starts at 10:10 and ends at 43:25

“If publishers woke up tomorrow and sanely priced e-books, I think it would be different in degree not in kind. I don’t think we’d see 10x growth in e-books’ market share. Maybe there would be 5, 10 percent [growth in] market share.”

News

“Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion” by Nick Turner at Bloomberg – June 16, 2071

Press Release announcing Whole Foods acquisition – June 16, 2017

“Cramer: Amazon could dominate food retail within two years” video at CNBC – June 16, 2017

“Amazon will be the first company worth $1 trillion” by Eric Johnson at Recode – June 12, 2017

Jeff Bezos tweet re: philanthropy

The Case for a National Library Endowment via David Rothman

Tech Tips

“How to install Google Play on Kindle Fire (without root) by Olga & Rachel at Love My Fire

Yousician

Interview with Jeff O’Neal

The Reading Ape

Book Riot

Book Riot podcasts: Book Riot, All the Books, Get Booked, SFF Yeah! (science fiction/fantasy), and Read or Dead (mystery/thriller)

Maud Newton’s blog

The Elegant Variation

Clinton Kabler, chief operating officer and co-founder of Riot New Media Group

Rebecca Joines Schinsky, executive director of product and ecommerce at Riot New Media Group

Amanda Nelson, managing editor of Book Riot

The New York Times Book Review

Goodreads

Wattpad

Scribd

Audible

Next Week’s Guest

David Wright, readers advisory librarian at the Seattle Library

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 462 John Mitchinson http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/06/09/tkc-462-john-mitchinson/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/06/09/tkc-462-john-mitchinson/#comments Fri, 09 Jun 2017 10:38:04 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7641

Co-founder and chief publishing officer of Unbound

Interview starts at 8:56 and ends at 42:25

“It’s not so much the elephant in the room. We are the room inside the elephant, if you look at the size that Amazon is growing as an online retailer. That kind of troubles me, because I feel a little bit like when publishing does get round to direct-to-consumer it will already be too late. ”

News

“Amazon Will Be the Fifth Largest Bookstore Chain” by Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly – June 1, 2017

Amazon Fresh

“Amazon is going after Walmart with a 45 percent discount on Prime for lower-income shoppers” by Jason Del Rey at Recode – June 6, 2017

Tech Tips

“Amazon Unveils New Kindle Highlight and Note System” by Michael Kozlowski at Good E Reader – June 6, 2017

Interview with John Mitchinson

John Mitchinson on TKC 213 in 2012

Unbound

Unbound co-founders Justin Pollard and Dan Kiernan

QI (Quite Interesting), the BBC quiz show

Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts

Kickstarter and Indiegogo

Unbound books by Jonathan Meades and Jonathan Coe

Morgan Entrekin, president and publisher of Grove/Atlantic Books, cofounder of the Literary Hub website (Click here for Morgan’s appearance on The Kindle Chronicles in May of 2016 at BookExpo America.)

Unbound’s Backlisted podcast hosted by John Mitchinson and Andy Miller (author of The Year of Reading Dangerously) at SoundCloud and iTunes

Unbound Digital books at Amazon.com

A Murder of Crows by Ian Skewis

The Elegant Art of Falling Apart by Jessica Jones – $10.99 on Kindle, or $7.00 at Unbound (.mobi file download)

A Box of Birds by Charles Fernyhough – $7.00 at Unbound

Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience compiled by Shaun Usher – $15.39 on Kindle or $22.97 in hardcover at Amazon.com; $15 eBook or $35 special hardback edition at Unbound

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla (Unbound)

Tatterdemalion by Sylvia Linsteadt, illustrated by Rima Staines (Unbound)

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon by Crystal Zevon

Content

“5 Good Summer Reads” by Bill Gates at Gates Notes – May 22, 2017

Book Riot podcast with mention of Gates’s 5 Summer reads

Next Week’s Guest

Jeff O’Neal, executive editor and co-founder of Book Riot

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 461 Chris Messina http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/06/02/tkc-461-chris-messina/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/06/02/tkc-461-chris-messina/#respond Fri, 02 Jun 2017 21:56:42 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7625

Inventor of the Hashtag

Interview starts at 12:30 and ends at 44:11

“Your pocket is now your garage, right? At one time you used to buy a car to sort of have in the garage to be like, ‘Wow. Look at this. I’m just going to go out and look at my baby.’ I think that in a similar way Apple thinks very similarly about computer products. And Amazon, meanwhile, is striking a much more ordinary context, like ‘Don’t think too hard about technology.’ But it should be there to enable your life to be easier, be simpler.”

News

“Amazon’s stock price crosses $1,000 amid Wall Street love fest” by Ángel González at The Seattle Times – May 30, 2017

“The most bullish Amazon analyst on Wall Street thinks the stock will soar another 47% from here” by Akin Oyedele at Business Insider – May 10, 2016

Bernstein

Echo Look – $200 at Amazon.com

Tech Tips

“Now you can read your Kindle books in Virtual Reality” by Bufo Calvin at I Love My Kindle

Interview with Chris Messina

“Why Silicon Valley is all wrong about Amazon’s Echo Show” by Chris Messina at Medium – May 11, 2017

“Seeing Genius in Negative Space” by Chris Messina at Medium – May 19, 2015

“Introducing Echo Show” video at YouTube – May 9, 2017

Echo Show product page at Amazon

“Groups for Twitter; or A Proposal for Twitter Tag Channels” by Chris Messina at FactoryJoe.com – August 25, 2007

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2017

Steve Jobs in 1980 comparing computers to car models (YouTube)

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 460 Mark Sullivan http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/05/26/tkc-460-mark-sullivan/ Fri, 26 May 2017 07:57:54 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7613

Author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Interview starts at 3:32 and ends at 42:21

“Not only does the guy [Pino Lella] deserve to be noted for what he did, his story is the story of faith, and the ability to endure, and the ability to go on, and the ability to see the best and the worst of life in life–and yet still understand that it’s a miracle every day.” (Photo by Elizabeth Sullivan 2016)

News

Amazon Fresh delivery in Denver

Tech Tips

“Amazon’s Alexa Calling is Like a Jetsons Version of the Home Phone” by David Pogue (includes video) at Yahoo! Tech – May 19, 2017

Interview with Mark Sullivan

Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel

The Assisi Underground: The Priests Who Rescued Jews by Alexander Ramati (not available on Kindle)

Valchiavenna Ski Area

Alberto Ascari

Con smania

Content

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan (Audible)

Guadalcanal Diary and Invasion Diary, A Dramatic Firsthand Account of the Allied Invasion of Italy by Richard Tregaskis.

The Liberation Trilogy by Rick Atkinson.
1. An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, Volume One of the Liberation Trilogy
2. The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (The Liberation Trilogy Book 2)*
3. The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 (The Liberation Trilogy Book 3)  

Next Week’s Guest

Chris Messina, author of “Why Silicon Valley is all wrong about Amazon’s Echo Show”

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 459 Jennifer Gunnels http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/05/19/tkc-459-jennifer-gunnels/ Fri, 19 May 2017 22:42:32 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7605

Co-founder of Tor Labs

Interview starts at 16:53 and ends at 40:00

“This story [Steal the Stars] is 14 episodes, and it is about security chief Dakota Prentiss and Matt Salem, who are both ex-military, working at a secret military base that happens to have a flying saucer, an alien, and a mysterious thing called the harp. No one really knows quite what it does. They instantly fall in love with one another, but the hitch is that when you sign up for this gig there is an absolute, ironclad no-fraternization policy. ”

News

“Amazon Echo Silver” on Saturday Night Live (YouTube video) – May 13, 2017

“8 People Test Their Accents on Siri, Echo and Google Home | Wired” (YouTube video) – May 16, 2017

Seattle Times editorial on Amazon’s donation of space to Mary’s Place homeless shelter – May 14, 2017

“Why Silicon Valley is All Wrong about Amazon’s Echo Show” by Chris Messina at Medium – May 11, 2017

Tech Tips

“Alexa Calling Has a Major Privacy Flaw” by elise oras at Medium – May 12, 2017

“Amazon says caller blocking for Alexa/Echo is coming, amid customer complaints” by Todd Bishop at GeekWire – May 13, 2017

eReaderIQ

Interview with Jennifer Gunnels

“Tor Books Launching ‘Tor Labs’, a New Serialized Fiction Podcast Imprint” – Tor Books press release on May 1, 2017.

Mac Rogers

Gideon Productions

Arrival and Ocean’s Eleven

Arrival (Stories of Your Life MTI) by Ted Chiang

LifeAfter (iTunes)

Felix & Paul Studios (VR)

Steal the Stars by Nat Cassidy – available for pre-order with delivery on November 7, 2017

Content

“Amazon Prime Reading Launches in the UK” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – May 18, 2017

“Amazon Starts Weekly Bestseller Lists” by Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly – May 18, 2017

Amazon Charts

Next Week’s Guest

Mark Sullivan, author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel 

Note: Beneath a Scarlet Sky is at Number 4 on Amazon Charts for fiction in both the “Most Read” and “Most Sold” categories.

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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Amazon rekindles 2 Fire tablets with a price cut and design improvements http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/05/17/amazon-rekindles-2-fire-tablets-with-a-price-cut-and-design-improvements/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/05/17/amazon-rekindles-2-fire-tablets-with-a-price-cut-and-design-improvements/#comments Wed, 17 May 2017 13:00:01 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7595

Amazon this morning released a thinner and lighter Fire 7 tablet for the same $50 price and trimmed $10 from the price of the Fire HD 8, now selling for $80 with a slight change in dimensions. Both of the new tablets are available for pre-order today shipping June 7, along with Kids Edition packages that include them.

Today’s updated Fire tablets offer incremental improvements as opposed to Stop the Presses innovation, like the Echo Look and Show.

You might not notice the difference in weight, but the new Fire 7 is 18 grams lighter than the previous generation, called simply the Fire. That’s a 5.7 percent decrease in weight, folks, which is nothing to write home about–or sneeze at. The Fire 7 is also one millimeter thinner–9.6 mm compared with 10.6. That’s almost a 10-percent trimming, so we might actually notice it in the hands.

The big news about the next generation of the Fire HD 8 is its price–$80 instead of $90 for the previous model.

We will now be at Generation 7 for the HD 8, if I’ve kept track correctly.

Gen 7 will apparently fix one problem that I’ve complained about on the Generation 6 model but not the problem that bugs me the most. There will be support on the new Fire HD 8 for what’s being called Trace text entry. I’ve thought of it as Swype, but that might be the name of a similar app on the iPhone. The idea is that you can tap on individual letters to enter text on the Fire HD 8, or you can slide your finger or stylus over the keyboard in a continuous motion to enter a word. The Generation 5 HD 8 had that feature, but it weirdly was dropped in the update to Generation 6.

Alas, Gen 7 will “not at this time” support text entry by voice, according to an Amazon spokesman’s answer to my question. You will have to go back to Generation 5 for that feature.

While the Fire 7 sports a thinner, lighter body, the HD 8 moves a tiny bit in the other direction. Its width is 9.7 millimeters compared with 9.2 for the previous model. I guarantee we won’t be able to tell the difference by holding them side by side, but it will mean you won’t be able to use a Generation 6 cover for a Generation 7 Fire HD 8.

The new Fire HD 8 is also 28 grams heavier than the Generation 6 model–369 grams compared with 341, an increase of 8 percent. I’m not sure what operating benefits go with the increase in weight and thickness, if any. Perhaps that’s what was necessary in order to drop the price by $10.

There is a new color available for both new Fires–Canary Yellow. It looks sharp, and that’s what I will order for my new HD 8. I will also order a Fire 7, so I can give you my impressions of it. The Fire 7 has “an improved 7-inch IPS display,” according to Amazon’s press release, along with higher contrast and sharper text. It also has an hour more of battery life–8 hours compared with 7 for the previous model.

It’s fun when Amazon disrupts the world with an entirely new product like the Kindle or Echo. But I also love how steadily the Lab126 team toils on small, meaningful improvements for well-established products like the Fire tablet and E Ink Kindles. This falls under the “commitment to operational excellence” principle that Amazon champions, and also maybe “passion for innovation,” even in small things. It all matters.

 

 

 

 

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TKC 458 Peter Costanzo http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/05/13/tkc-458-peter-costanzo/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/05/13/tkc-458-peter-costanzo/#comments Sat, 13 May 2017 04:36:08 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7588

Digital and Archival Publishing Manager for The Associated Press

Interview starts at 12:51 and ends at 40:01

“I really try to get people to understand that every little basic functionality within e-books that Amazon keeps introducing–whether it’s their X-ray feature or Kindle Lending Library or whatever it might be within the e-book world or within the connection with the social-media platform Goodreads–these are all enhancements to your reading experience.”

News

Introducing Echo Show

“Amazon’s ‘Echo Show’ gives Alexa the Touchscreen it Needed” by David Pierce at Wired – May 9, 2017

Alexa Calling and Message (Amazon help page)

April Hamilton on Alexa’s new calling and messaging

Jeff Bezos at the Internet Association gala (video)

Tech Tips

Apple AirPods

Interview with Peter Costanzo

The Associated Press

Content

Dwight D. Eisenhower: An Associated Press Biography by Relman Morin

Saigon Has Fallen by Peter Arnett

My Time with the Kings: A Reporter’s Recollections of Martin, Coretta and the Civil Rights Movement by Kathryn Johnson

Divided America: An AP Guide to the Fracturing of a Nation edited by Jerry Schwartz

Click here for a full list of books published by The Associated Press

Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel by Mark Sullivan

Next Week’s Guest

Jennifer Gunnels, a co-creator of Tor Labs, a new, experimental imprint of Tor Books. Tor Labs’s first project will be Steal the Stars, directed by Mac Rogers, whose podcast serial LifeAfter is an amazingly powerful audio drama.

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 457 James McQuivey http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/05/05/tkc-457-james-mcquivey/ Sat, 06 May 2017 02:16:01 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7582

Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research

Interview starts at 11:17 and ends at 36:16

“I don’t think they [Amazon] really expect the fashion angle to be a big driver of these [Echo Look] devices. They needed a pretext. They needed a reason to put a camera in your home, to see how comfortable you are with that idea, to test whether or not there’s a big social outcry about putting cameras in people’s homes, whether they can start connecting what they see with what they know… Eventually that kind of visual intelligence will be a very crucial part of how Amazon builds a deeper relationship with you. But they had to start somewhere, and the closet, I think, was a pretty safe place to start.”

News

“Exclusive: This is Amazon’s new Echo with a built-in touchscreen” at AFTVnews – May 5, 2017.

“The first photo of Amazon’s Echo with a touchscreen may have just leaked” by Antonio Villas-Boas at Business Insider – May 5, 2017

“Amazon’s touchscreen Echo leaks again, in two colors” by Ashley Carman at The Verge – May 5, 2017

“Amazon Echo with a built-in screen may be on deck next month” by Ben Fox Rubin at CNET – April 27, 2017

“How eBooks lost their shine: ‘Kindles now look clunky and unhip’” by Paula Cocozza at The Guardian – April 27, 2017

Book Riot Podcast episode 207 with Jeff O’Neal and Rebecca Joines Schinsky

“Get Ready for Amazon Phone Take 2” by Daniel B. Kline at The Motley Fool – May 4, 2017

Amazon patent shows how Alexa-powered devices could turn into extension phones by Alan Boyle at GeekWire – May 2, 2017

Small Business Phone Systems – Voice and Data Cabling patent at Free Patents Online

Tech Tip

“Kindle iOS app gets all-text bold: Can help iPad and iPhone owners, even those with good eyes” by David Rothman at TeleRead – May 2, 2017

Amazon Advertising Preferences page

Interview with James McQuivey

Echo Look

Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation by James McQuivey

The Principles of Neural Science, Fifth Edition by Eric Kandel, James Schwartz, Thomas Jessell et al

Nuance Communications

Comments

“This is what fraud looks like in the age of Artificial Intelligence” by Ben Dickson at The Next Web – May 3, 2017

Next Week’s Guest

Peter Costanzo, digital & archival publishing manager at The Associated Press

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 456 Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/04/28/tkc-456-dr-ruth-k-westheimer/ Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:53:56 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7574

Author of The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life and Joie de Vivre

Interview starts at 13:00 and ends at 41:17

“This is also my philosophy of life: I talk about a turtle. A turtle stays in one place–it’s safe. Nothing can happen. It carries its house on its back. If that turtle wants to move, it has to take a risk. It has to stick its neck out. And I like that image of the turtle.”

Intro

Echo Dot (2nd Generation)

Ask My Buddy skill for Alexa

News

Amazon’s first-quarter earnings release – April 27, 2017

“Amazon just turned a profit for the eighth straight quarter” by Jason Del Rey at Recode = April 27, 2017

Introducing Echo Look

This Week in Google episode 402 with Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham (via Overcast, cued up to begin playing at discussion of Echo Look)

Tech Tips

“Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Says ‘Star Trek’ Inspired Alexa and Echo” by Mike Brown at Inverse – May 18, 2016

Vital Signs: Discovering and Sustaining Your Passion for Life by Gregg Levoy, who was my guest on TKC 335

A Book of American Martyrs: A Novel by Joyce Carol Oates

Interview with Dr. Ruth Westheimer

DrRuth.com

“At Home with Dr. Ruth” – 2013 New York Times video

Dr. Ruth’s Twitter feed and YouTube Channel

The Doctor is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre by Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer

Leopold by Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer (and in paperback)

Sex for Dummies

Dr. Ruth’s Sex After 50: Revving Up the Romance, Passion & Excitement!

“The Biggest Names in Sex” by Daniel Radosh at The Daily Beast – January 12, 2009

Helen Singer Kaplan (Wikipedia) and New York Times obituary August 19, 1995

Content

Subscribe with Amazon

Half-price deal on Texture Premium for Prime members

Magazines included in Texture Premium subscription

Next Week’s Guest

James McQuivey, vice president and principal analyst at of Forrester Research. Click here for McQuivey’s post, “Alexa Will See You Now: Why Echo Has a Camera”

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 455 Naomi S. Baron http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/04/21/tkc-455-naomi-s-baron/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/04/21/tkc-455-naomi-s-baron/#comments Sat, 22 Apr 2017 02:20:14 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7562

Author of Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World

Interview starts at 10:33 and ends at 41:35

“Education increasingly wants to measure finite, little bites of stuff, and the digital technology that we are using in our education–and we have print versions of it, too–is tailored to these quick wins as opposed to a deeper level of learning.”

Intro

My new VR setup: Samsung Galaxy Edge S8 with new Samsung Gear VR + controller

News

“Amazon continues to grow lead over Google as starting point for online shoppers” by Taylor Soper at GeekWire – January 13, 2017

Scott Galloway bio

“How Amazon is Dismantling Retail” – Scott Galloway video – April 17, 2017

Tech Tip

How I improved performance on my Amazon Fire HD 8 6th Generation tablet

Interview with Naomi S. Baron

Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters by Tom Nichols

The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter by David Sax

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Content

Amazon Publishing’s summer-fall 2017 catalog (PDF)

Next Week’s Guest

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, author of The Doctor is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre

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TKC 454 Kes Woodward http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/04/14/tkc-454-kes-woodward/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/04/14/tkc-454-kes-woodward/#comments Sat, 15 Apr 2017 03:15:21 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7554

Kes, right, and I ride the MAX train from PDX to Portland OR

Painter, art critic and historian

Interview starts at 15:00 and ends at 41:14

“I remember your talking on one of your programs about Jeff Bezos’s insisting on a one-second [Alexa] response when his staff said, “We can get this down to three seconds,” and he said, “That’s not good enough.” That makes a huge difference. It shouldn’t–we’re so impatient, I’m so impatient. But the fact that it is more more conversational and that I don’t have to wait and think about the fact that this is a machine processing it, makes it much more real to me.”

News

Jeff Bezos’s 2016 Letter to Shareholders – and the 1997 letter (PDF)

“Over 550 Amazon Employees Are Pressuring Leadership to Cut Advertising Ties With Breitbart” by Charlie Warzel at BuzzFeed – April 13, 2017

Tech Tips

How to connect Amazon Tap to a new wifi network (Amazon help page)

Ask My Buddy skill for Alexa

Interview with Kesler Woodward

Painting in the North, Kes’s web site

Western States Arts Federation

Kes Woodward on TKC 50 – July 1, 2009

iPad Mini 4

Brain Pickings

Bufo Calvin in VR on TKC 453 – April 7, 2017

Content

Audible Range “About” page with email signup

Next Week’s Guest

Naomi S. Baron, author of Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World

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TKC 453 Bufo Calvin in Virtual Reality http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/04/07/tkc-453-bufo-calvin-in-virtual-reality/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/04/07/tkc-453-bufo-calvin-in-virtual-reality/#comments Sat, 08 Apr 2017 01:28:35 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7548

Creator of I Love My Kindle and The Measured Circle

Interview starts at 6:14 and ends at 43:10

“It would also be able to know what your preferences are–that’s one of the biggest things about what we’ll see eventually with Virtual Reality. So for myself as a vegetarian, I could walk down that virtual aisle and have things that were for vegetarians maybe have a green outline on them, so that I could tell what was what.”  

News

“Amazon exec steps in as CEO Jeff Bezos’s new ‘shadow’” by Rachel Lerman at The Seattle Times – March 14, 2017

Jeffrey Helbling on LinkedIn

“Amazon will start collecting sales tax nationwide starting April 1st” by Nick Statt at The Verge – March 24, 2017

“Amazon to hire 5,000 remote customer-service reps, part of drive to add 30,000 part-timers” by Angel Gonzales at The Seattle Times – April 6, 2017

Info on Nights & Weekends part-time Customer Service Associate jobs at Amazon

Amazon info page for AmazonCash

“Amazon allows customers to add cash to their accounts at brick-and-mortar retailers” by Angel Gonzalez at The Seattle Times – April 3, 2017

Tech Tip

“Pogue’s Basics: Make Amazon Echo tell you when it’s transmitting” by David Pogue

Interview with Bufo Calvin

Bufo’s I Love My Kindle blog

Bufo’s The Measured Circle blog

“Videos in VR: Hulu vs. Netflix” By Bufo Calvin at The Measured Circle

Samsung Gear VR headset

vTime

Chimera Reader VR app

Oculus Rift VR headset

HTC Vive headset

The Fourth Transformation: How Augmented Reality & Artificial Intelligence Will Change Everything by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel

“Virtually Mike & Nora on Hulu” (YouTube)

Play Cardboard apps on Gear VR (Google Play store)

SideloadVR for GearVR (Google Play)

Content

Readly app at Amazon

Readly AT&T terms

“Readly Launches Exclusive Program with AT&T Thanks” at Crossroads Today – March 28, 2017

Outro

“Will Virtual Reality Replace Skype” – April 6, 2017. This is my Medium essay about the interview with Bufo Calvin in vTime.

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TKC 452 Timothy DeLizza http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/03/31/tkc-452-timothy-delizza/ Sat, 01 Apr 2017 02:29:17 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7542

Author of “Jerry (from accounting)”

Interview starts at 14:56 and ends at 45:09

I love what Amazon is doing in terms of giving access to a platform in a kind of populist way. I think that is incredibly helpful. I think the distribution is amazing. It creates new readers. I love the $2 price point for a novella. I think that’s definitely expanding who can have access to the writing and quality writing. Historically speaking the Big Five were very focused on content and less on how the distribution was happening, and that was what they were pretty good at. Amazon’s strength was in more distribution and being ahead of the curve on the eBooks. I think Amazon now is catching up and really focusing on content across the board.

News

“Amazon’s Ambitions Unboxed: Stores for Furniture, Appliances and More” by Nick Wingfield at The New York Times – March 25, 2017

“Amazon, the world’s most remarkable firm, is just getting started” at The Economist – March 25, 2017

“Amazon could become our leading physical retailer before very long” by Mike Shatzkin – March 21, 2017

“Busy Week for Amazon Ends with Stock Surge to Record Close” by Angel Gonzalez at The Seattle Times – March 31, 2017

Tech Tip

Is your Amazon Fire HD 8 sluggish? Try shutting off some apps.

Interview with Timothy DeLizza

Day One Magazine (send submissions to dayone-submissions@amazon.com)

Jerry (from accounting) by Timothy DeLizza

Goodreads page for Jerry (from accounting)

My Medium post which mentions Jerry (from accounting) – March 8, 2016

The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens

“Spiritual and Menial Housework” by Dorothy Roberts at Yale Journal of Law & Feminism – 1997

Growing Up Absurd: Problems of Youth in the Organized Society by Paul Goodman

Latham & Watkins

Amazon Publishing’s Little a imprint for literary fiction and nonfiction

Books Timothy DeLizza is currently reading: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyonce by Morgan Parker, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones, Human Acts: A Novel by Han Kang

Outro

“Dr. Ruth Readies for Blast Off!” (video released by Amazon Publishing for April 1, 2017)

Next Week’s Guest

Bufo Calvin of the I Love My Kindle blog and I will rendezvous in Virtual Reality via an app named vTime to discuss how Amazon may get involved in VR this year.

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 451 Patrick Coggins http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/03/25/tkc-451-patrick-coggins/ Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:21:57 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7536

Co-founder of Ask My Buddy

Interview starts at 18:45 and ends at 41:25

In terms of users or penetration, I would say that Google Home probably represents about less than 10 percent on our network. [Alexa has the rest.] That’s just time out there, the commercials. They’re just more widely known. Also, I would say the reduction in price, coming out with the Dot for 49 bucks–that was an end all. There were millions that went out. I would say that the price point developed a stronger user base for Amazon.

Audio and links from South By Southwest

PARCO shopping mall in Japan

“Facebook debuts its first dedicated virtual reality app, Facebook 360” by Lucas Matney at Techcrunch – March 8, 2016

Ana Benitez, President, Storyrocket

Khushi Baby health monitor in India

Felix & Paul Studios (interview with Robin Lippman, content coordinator)

“Is this the future of movies?’ by Len Edgerly at Medium – March 14, 2016

“At 40 minutes, Miyubi is the first VR movie to feel like a real film” by Adi Robertson at The Verge – January 24, 2017

Deen Wright, founder of BASE, Buy and Sell Everything

Tech Tip

My Medium post which explains how to set up and use Ask My Buddy on Alexa

Interview with Patrick Coggins

Ask My Buddy website

Alexa apps for iPhone (iOS) and Android

Alexa devices from Amazon: Echo, Tap, and Dot (2nd Generation)

Google Home

Mycroft open-source platform

4AFart Alexa skill

Google’s api.ai tool

Alexa web portal

“Amazon plans to release new Alexa devices that can make phone calls and work as intercoms” by Jason Del Rey at Recode – March 3, 2017

Next Week’s Guest

Timothy DeLizza, author of “Jerry (from accounting)”

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TKC 450 South by Southwest Interactive http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/03/18/tkc-450-south-by-southwest-interactive/ Sat, 18 Mar 2017 04:53:34 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7531

David Measer of RPA Advertising and Lisa Pecot-Hebert of USC

Interview starts at 25:08 and ends at 49:15

I expected the smaller cities in the U.S. to be places where eventually trends made their way there and that they’d be listening to music that I listened to 10 years ago, or wearing fashion that was old. And it wasn’t like that at all. These places, cities that I couldn’t even identify on a map before I went–Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Fargo, North Dakota; Moorehead, Minnesota; Omaha, Nebraska–were actually places that were thriving in their own way. They really had an identity of their own, and they felt like they were leading the charge. They weren’t drafting off of the big coastal cities. (David Measer)

Shorter Interviews at SXSW (with times at which they start)

Steph Hay, head of conversation design at Capital One. (5:32)

Scott Totman, head of mobile technology, payments and innovation at Capital One (10:40)

“The Urgency of Now: Launching the Biden Cancer Initiative” – Joe Biden’s talk at SXSW (13:03)

Omar Siddiqui, CEO of Kiwi Inc., creators of Sequel, a bot-creation platform. He was a presenter at “Best Bot Practices” session. (17:31)

Facebook Messenger

Romance Now, a bot available on Kik

Interview with David Measer and Lisa Pecot-Hebert

“One Hundred Million People You Don’t Know But Should” – event description at SXSW. Click here for my liveblog of the session. You will need to click again on the post headline to see the individual liveblog entries.

David Measer

Lisa Pecot-Hebert

Vice

Next Week’s Show:

More from South By Southwest

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Brain, Behavior, Story – SXSW17 liveblog http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/03/15/brain-behavior-story-sxsw17-liveblog/ Wed, 15 Mar 2017 17:17:42 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7528 Christopher Graves, founder and president of the Ogilvy Center for Behavioral Science, has drawn a full Salon E at the Marriott. This will be my last session at South By Southwest this year. I hope there are a few brain cells available to learn something. @cgraves

 

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100 Million People You Don’t Know, But Should – SXSW17 liveblog http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/03/14/100-million-people-you-dont-know-but-should-sxsw17-liveblog/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/03/14/100-million-people-you-dont-know-but-should-sxsw17-liveblog/#comments Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:40:38 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7523 David Measer, advertising, and Lisa Pecot-Hebert, USC journalism. Here we go:

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Facebook Messenger session at #SXSW17 – Liveblog http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/03/13/facebook-messenger-session-at-sxsw17-liveblg/ Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:26:35 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7518 Speakers: Andrew Yaroshevsky, Esther Crawford, Mikhail Larionov, Thomas Smyth. Packed room, every seat taken, maybe 300 people. We all want to learn about bots!

 

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Dean Baquet at SXSW17 – liveblog http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/03/12/dean-baquet-at-sxsw17-liveblog/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/03/12/dean-baquet-at-sxsw17-liveblog/#comments Sun, 12 Mar 2017 14:30:57 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7512 New York Times executive editor in conversation with Times media columnist Jim Rutenberg in Ballroom D at South By Southwest:

 

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AI and Deep Learning Tech: Liveblog from South By Southwest http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/03/11/ai-and-deep-learning-tech-liveblog-from-south-by-southwest/ Sat, 11 Mar 2017 23:00:42 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7506

SXSW panel on Artificial Intelligence policy

A distinguished panel is on stage: Chani Wiggins, a DC lobbyist on security and technology issues; Rohit Prasad, vice president of Alexa Machine Learning and Speech at Amazon; Congresswoman Suzan DelBene of Washington state, and Terah Lyons, former policy advisor to the U.S. Chief Technology Officer in the White House. We will be hearing about the policy challenges of Artificial Intelligence, a topic that has attracted a crowd of more than 500 in the Hilton’s Salon H.

If you have arrived here but don’t see the liveblog posts, please click on this post’s headline to reveal them.

 

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Best Bots: Liveblog from South By Southwest http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/03/11/best-bots-liveblog-from-south-by-southwest/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/03/11/best-bots-liveblog-from-south-by-southwest/#comments Sat, 11 Mar 2017 15:34:37 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7498

Presenters Omar Siddiqui of Kiwi and Laura Newton of Kik

I have a front-row seat at a session titled “Best Bot Practices” here at South By Southwest Interactive. The room is nearly full, maybe 500 people here to learn how to create bots that live up to the hype. I am new to knowing what a bot is. My take is they are like texting with Alexa instead of talking to her in a can. The answers come back in text not voice.

The presenters for this session are Laura Newton, a product manager at Kik, a chat bot with 300 million registered users, and Omar Siddiqui, CEO of Kiwi, creators of Sequel, a bot platform for creating bots.

If you don’t see the liveblog entries, try clicking on the title of this post. Here goes…

 

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TKC 449 Patricia Cornwell http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/03/10/tkc-449-patricia-cornwell/ Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:19:57 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7489

Author of  Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert

Interview starts at 10:27 and ends at 41:38

“Billie Jean King is very aware of my Ripper book, and we talked about it when I began all this investigation in 2001, because Billie Jean had been a friend of mine for many years. We talked about this, and she said, ‘You need to talk to the people at Amazon about this, because this is a really unusual project.’” (Photo Credit: Ecclesine)

News

Author Earnings report for February 2017

“Amazon could hammer the final nail into the iPad’s coffin” by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDENet -n March 6, 2017

Interview with Patricia Cornwell

Patricia Cornwell’s books at Amazon.com

Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert by Patricia Cornwell

Next Week’s Show

Interviews and new ideas from South By Southwest Interactive in Austin. Click here for a link to the events I have favorited and may attend.

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TKC 448 Michael Anderle http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/03/03/tkc-448-michael-anderle/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/03/03/tkc-448-michael-anderle/#comments Sat, 04 Mar 2017 03:33:35 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7479

Author of The Kutherian Gambit series

Interview starts at 10:15 and ends at 43:54

When I originally put out Book 1 I had no idea if anyone cared about my stories. I didn’t want to invest a lot of time, money, and effort if nobody wanted to read it.

News

“Site of Amazon’s Cloud glitch made it especially disruptive” by Angel Gonzalez at The Seattle Times – February 28, 2017

“The embarrassing reason behind Amazon’s huge cloud computing outage this week” by Brian Fung at The Washington Post – March 2, 2017

“Summary of the Amazon S3 Service Disruption in the Northern Virginia (US-EAST-1) Region” – Amazon Web Services statement

“Amazon Cloud Snafu Snarls Web Traffic” at WSJ What’s News podcast – March 1, 2017

“Amazon Unveils First East Coast Bricks and Mortar” by Alex Green at Publishers Weekly – February 28, 2017

“Amazon plans to release new Alexa devices that can make phone calls and work as intercoms” by Jason Del Rey at Recode – March 3, 2017

Tech Tip

Lazy-Hands grip for tablet and e-readers

Interview with Michael Anderle

The Kutherian Gambit series by Michael Anderle

Stephen Campbell’s interviews with Michael Anderle at The Author Biz on November 15, 2016 and January 25, 2016

Trader’s Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper series by Nathan Lowell

Her Royal Runner (The Courier Chronicles Book 0) by Joey Anderle

Next Week’s Guest

Patricia Cornwell, author of Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert

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TKC 447 Stephen Campbell http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/02/24/tkc-447-stephen-campbell/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/02/24/tkc-447-stephen-campbell/#comments Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:16:21 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7473

Author of Four Seasons of Reno Hart and Creator of The Author Biz podcast

Interview starts at 10:33 and ends at 42:30

The power of Amazon Publishing–if you’ve written a good book and the people at Amazon support the book–there are so many levers and knobs that they can turn to put it in front of the people who will like it. It is astonishing. There’s nothing like it.  

News

Amazon discount to celebrate Harris Poll ranking – press release on February 22, 2017

“With Amazon Books, Jeff Bezos Is Solving Digital Retail’s Biggest Design Flaw” by Noah Robischon at Fast Company – February 13, 2017

“9 Statistics Writers Should Know About Amazon” by Jane Friedman at JaneFriedman.com – February 16, 2017

Tech Tip

Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1-5) by Hugh Howie with Kindle in Motion update

Interview with Stephen Campbell

The Author Biz website and podcast

Four Seasons of Reno Hart by Stephen R. Campbell

The Hardy Boys Starter Set (5 Volumes) by Franklin W. Dixon

Cozy Mysteries (new releases in 2016) at Amazon.com

Mysteries by Agatha Christie

The Taylor Stevens Show podcast

Books by Taylor Stevens

Books by Paul Levine

Mysteries by Harry Bingham (99-cent sale ends February 24, 2017)

Books by Barbara Nickless, and her website

World’s Best Cat Litter

Content

Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert [Kindle in Motion] by Patricia Cornwell

“Jack the Ripper: Patricia Cornwell ‘Proves’ Walter Sickert Was the Killer in Second Book” by Sara C Nelson at Huffington Post – February 21, 2017

Next Week’s Guest

Michael Anderle, author of The Kurtherian Gambit series

Outro

My talented niece Fran Betlyon sings my father’s favorite song on his 90th birthday on February 18.

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TKC 446 Brady Dale http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/02/17/tkc-446-brady-dale/ Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:44:45 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7469

Technology Reporter at Observer.com

Interview starts at 10:30 and ends at 42:19

“That’s why I call this whole printed book thing fetishism. What’s more important? Is literature and writing important or is this object more important? I think literature is more important, and writing is important. I don’t really care how people read it. I just really want to push back on this idea that there’s something sad that we’ve lost because print books are fading, when what I care about is not print or first editions. I care about people reading and the act of writing and that creative work.”

News

“Amazon Alexa Voice Service Coming to DTS Play-Fi” – September 28, 2017

“Why Amazon is the World’s Most Innovative Company of 2017” by Noah Robischon at Fast Company – February 13, 2017

“Amazon.com Takes Aim at Victoria’s Secret With Its Own $10 Bras” by Khadeeja Safdar and Laura Stevens at The Wall Street Journal – February 10, 2017

“AWS Announces Amazon Chime” – press release February 14, 2017

Amazon Chime

Tech Tip

“Owners of first and second generation Kindles can’t register them” by Andrew Liptak at The Verge – February 11, 2017

“Amazon Tap’s new hands-free Alexa update means it’s actually useful” by Lauren Goode at The Verge – February 9, 2017

Interview with Brady Dale

“Despite What You Heard, The E-Book Market Never Stopped Growing” by Brady Dale at Observer.com – January 18, 2017

“Titans of Kindle” series by Brady Dale

Podiobooks

“How to reach me secretly and securely” by Brady Dale at Medium – February 12, 2017

Google Authenticator

Mailbox.org

Sync.com

ProtonMail

“On Twitter, Users Shouldn’t Need a Name” by Brady Dale at Observer.com – February 14, 2017

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TKC 445 Betty Anholt http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/02/10/tkc-445-betty-anholt/ Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:33:32 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7463

Historian at the Sanibel Public Library

Interview starts at 3:01 and ends at 34:30

[On Anne Morrow Lindbergh:] “Going up and learning how to fly–I mean, in that era was pretty impressive. I’m kind of struck by the fact that a lot of times when we look back and say ‘Gee, in the 50s it was kind of daring of a woman to do that.” It may have been as a wide generality, but there have always been daring women. You can go back to Cleopatra, and there’s plenty of them around.”

News

“Amazon hunts for London shops” by Aimee Donnellan and Simon Duke at The Sunday Times – February 5, 2017

Tech Tip

“Amazon’s Tap Speaker gets a hands-free update in defiance of its name” by Brian Heater at TechCrunch – February 9, 2017

Interview with Betty Anholt

Sanibel Public Library

Sanibel’s Story: Voices and Images from Calusa to Incorporation by Betty Anholt

Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

Poetry by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Listen! The Wind by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, winner of the 1939 National Book Award

N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Sanibel Island Light House

Next Week’s Guest

Brady Dale, of Observer.com, author of “Despite What You Heard, the E-Book Market Never Stopped Growing” on January 18, 2017

Outro

The Author Biz hosted by Stephen Campbell

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TKC 444 Thad McIlroy http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/02/03/tkc-444-thad-mcilroy/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/02/03/tkc-444-thad-mcilroy/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2017 19:37:24 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7455

President of The Future of Publishing

Interview starts at 8:19 and ends at 44:04

I’m convinced that if you want to retain your job in publishing moving forward, unless you’re demonstrably technology adept, you’re going to lose your job. Yeah, there’s room for 100 amazing editors who can’t even use a computer, but that’s not the run-of-the-mill worker in publishing today. They need to be imbued with a knowledge of technology.

News

Amazon’s earnings (Forbes) – February 2, 2017

Amazon press release on earnings

Walmart going after Amazon Prime (Recode) – January 31, 2017

 

Interview with Thad McIlroy

The Future of Publishing website

“An Authoritative Look at Book Publishing Startups” by Thad McIlroy

Shelfie

“Shelfie Closes” by Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly – January 31, 2017

John LeCarré: The Biography by Adam Sisman

BookBub

PerfectIt

The Bestseller Code by Jodi Archer and Matthew L. Jockers

“Leisure time on an average day” – chart from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Data Guy’s presentation at 2017 Digital Book World

Next Week’s Guest

Betty Anholt, historian at the Sanibel Public Library

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TKC 443 Mark Roberts & Patience Clevenger http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/01/27/tkc-443-mark-roberts-patience-clevenger/ Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:05:17 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7448

Co-Authors of  Evelyn’s Lighthouse

Interview starts at 14:58 and ends at 44:35

Patience: It was really meant to inspire other younger girls or the readers to read more, because I’ve always loved reading, and Evelyn loves reading. We really hope that it causes others to want to read just as much as Evelyn does.

News

Author Earnings Book stats presented at Digital Book World

“Despite What You Heard, The E-Book Market Never Stopped Growing” by Brady Dale at Obvserver.com

Amazon movie nominated for Best Picture Oscar

“Amazon to close Kindle ‘Write On’ author community, pulling the plug on story lab” by Todd Bishop at GeekWire – January 26, 2017

Tech Tip

Knotes Kindle clippings manager

Interview with Patience Clevenger and Mark Roberts

Evelyn’s Lighthouse by Patience Clevenger and Mark Roberts

Split Rock Lighthouse

American Girl dolls and books

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

United States Lighthouse Society

Out of My Mind by Karen M. Draper

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Mark Roberts’s interview of me in March, 2013

My interview of Mark Roberts in January, 2014

Resources Mark Roberts used for Evelyn’s Lighthouse: cover by Rick Holland, Kindle formatting by Rachel Greene

Next Week’s Show

Darlene, her sister Deb and I will head to Sanibel Island next, so you will probably be hearing the sounds of wildlife and quiet days looking for shells next week. Happy reading!

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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You can follow along on  our Florida sojourn via my travel essays at Medium and photos at Instagram. I am also posting the occasional 360 video at Periscope. Enjoy!

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TKC 442 Aboard the Silver Meteor http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/01/20/tkc-442-aboard-the-silver-meteor/ Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:24:05 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7440

Supper aboard the Silver Meteor en route to Kissimmee, Florida

News

“How Netflix Lost Big to Amazon in India” by Abhishek Madhaven at Backchannel – January 12, 2017

Tech Tip

“Is Amazon’s Newest 5% Credit Card Worth the Hype?” by Nick Clements at Forbes – January 13, 2017

Interview with Kindle Owner Robert Millonig (Starts at 17:51 and ends at 27:35)

The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution 1763-1789 by Robert Middlekauf

Next Week’s Guests

Mark Roberts and his 12-year-old niece Patience Clevenger, who together wrote and published a wonderful book for pre-teens titled Evelyn’s Lighthouse  [Note: in the audio of this week’s episode I incorrectly described their book written for Young Adults. Sorry for the confusion, which I will clear up on next week’s show!]

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 441 Paul Slavin http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/01/13/tkc-441-paul-slavin/ Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:42:56 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7431

CEO of Open Road Integrated Media

Interview starts at 14:22 and ends at 41:41

[NOTE: The audio for this episode misstates the year of this episode–

it should be 2017, not last year!]

Links for Interview with Paul Slavin:

Open Road Integrated Media website

Paul Slavin’s 2016 year-end letter to employees

Early Bird Books newsletter

BookBub

BookGorilla

Upstairs at the White House by J. B. West

Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America by T. J. Stiles

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself by Sean Carroll

Selected Poems of Ezra Pound

Next Week’s Show:

I plan to record the next TKC episode aboard Amtrak’s Silver Meteor from Penn Station in New York City to Kissimmee, Florida. If I am able to upload 360 videos from the train you will see them at Periscope.tv/lenedgerly.

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 440 Will Schwalbe http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2017/01/07/tkc-440-will-schwalbe/ Sat, 07 Jan 2017 06:10:41 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7420

Author of  Books for Living

Interview starts at 19:07 and ends at 43:15

“One of the reasons I come back to Lin Yutang is a marvelous story he tells, in 1937, about being in the most famous tea house in China. And the tourists there are so busy taking photographs of themselves drinking tea that they don’t enjoy the tea. And I thought to myself, ‘We blame too much on the machines.’ Constant connectivity is our fault. It’s not the fault of the little items we hold in our hands. And it’s been a problem—distraction and impatience have been with us since the dawn of time. So my first thing is to blame myself and not the machine.”

News

“How Alexa Won CES” (video) by Geoffrey A. Fowler at The Wall Street Journal – January 6, 2017

“Amazon’s Alexa is everywhere at CES 2017” by Jacob Kastrenakes at The Verge – January 6, 2017

LG press release on Smart Instaview refrigerator – January 4, 2017

“Mattel’s $300 Echo clone will read your children bedtime stories” by James Vincent at The Verge – January 3, 2017

“Lynx Robot is Alexa’s best disguise at CES 2017” by Andrew Gebhart at CNET – January 5, 2017

“Get Ready, Your Robotic Roomate is Moving in” by Aki Ito at Bloomberg – January 6, 2016

“Murder Suspect’s Amazon Echo device could help solve the case” by Chris Graham at The Telegraph – December 28, 2016

“Bentonville PD Says Man Strangled, Drowned Former Georgia Officer” at 5News – February 23, 2016

“Police ask: “Alexa, did you witness a murder?” by Sean Gallagher at Ars Technica – December 28, 2016

Bentonville Police search warrants in Bates case

Amazon Books page at Amazon.com

Tech Tip

ereaderiq.com

Interview with Will Schwalbe

Books for Living by Will Schwalbe

“The Need to Read” by Will Schwalbe at The Wall Street Journal – November 25, 2016 (Behind a paywall; try Googling “The Need to Read by Will Schwalbe”)

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

The Importance of Living by Lin Yutang

“Cabdriver’s Book Club” by Ryder Ziebarth at The New York Times – March 11, 2013

The Golden Age: A Novel by Joan London

Three Lives & Company bookstore in New York City

Patenting the Sun: Polio and the Salk Vaccine by Jane E. Smith (not available on Kindle)

Watership Down: A Novel by Richard Adams

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

“Lessons on How to Live, in 26 Books” by A. J. Jacobs at The New York Times – December 23, 2016

Next Week’s Guest

Paul Slavin, CEO of Open Road Integrated Media

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 439 Darlene’s 2016 Technology Review http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/12/30/tkc-439-darlenes-2016-technology-review/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/12/30/tkc-439-darlenes-2016-technology-review/#comments Sat, 31 Dec 2016 01:49:43 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7409

My Wife Darlene 

Interview ‪starts at 12:28 and ends at 44:58

“What’s great about Audible is you still get to hear a story. You’re not reading it, but you’re still getting a story. And for me sometimes when I get stuck on stuff in my studio, it’s just keeping me in the room long enough to get past it. And Audible does that.”

News

“Alexa Devices Top Amazon Best-Seller List This Holiday – Millions of Alexa Devices Sold Worldwide” – press release December 27, 2016

“Amazon Has ‘Best Ever’ Holiday” at Forbes – December 27, 2016

“Not Everyone Shops on Amazon. Who Knew?” at WSJ What’s News podcast – December 30, 2016

“Amazon workers sleep in tents near firm’s Scottish depot to avoid travel costs” by Tom Mendelsohn at Ars Technica – December 12, 2016

“Here’s How Amazon is Flexing Its Muscle in Air Cargo” by Reuters at Fortune – December 23, 2016

“Amazon looks to the sky to store products” by Reuters at Yahoo Finance – December 29, 2016

“As We Leave More Digital Tracks, Amazon Echo Factors in Murder Investigation” at NPR – December 28, 2016

“Can Alexa help solve a murder? Police think so—but Amazon won’t give up her data.” by Amy B. Wang at The Washington Post – December 28, 2016

 

Interview with My Wife Darlene

Note: I took the photo of Darlene and Claire today in front of a quilt she is working on. It’s based on a photo of me and a sea lion taken during our trip to the Galapagos Islands last year.

“Is the Kindle Oasis Really Worth It?” – My YouTube review of the Oasis featuring “The Wife Test,” Darlene’s first impressions – April 27, 2016

Audible

Web page of Darlene’s quilting teacher, Susan Carlson

Amazon Echo and Dot

Pentatonix

“These Ford Cars Will Soon Be Able to Talk to Amazon’s Alexa” by Reuters at Fortune.com – October 3, 2016

Spire breath tracker

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 438 Matthew Rubery http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/12/23/tkc-438-matthew-rubery/ Sat, 24 Dec 2016 03:30:58 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7403

Author of  The Untold Story of the Talking Book 

Interview ‪starts at 12:44 and ends at 32:05

“There’s often a false division between audiobook listeners and print book readers, because in my experience the two are almost always the same. They’re people like me who just love reading and want to do as much of it as possible, and audiobooks are a way to do that.”

News

Jeff Bezos interviewed by Walter Isaacson at The Aspen Institute (YouTube) – October, 2016

“There’s a great new way to reuse your old Amazon shipping boxes” by Kif Leswing at Business Insider – September 23, 2016

“Give Your Amazon Box New Life” at Amazon.com

GiveBackBox.com

Amazon Echo, Dot, and Tap

“Amazon bets big on Las Vegas, rolling out nearly 5,000 Echo unites to hotel rooms” by Teena Maddox at TechRepublic – December 16, 2016

“Voice is the Next Big Platform, and Alexa Will Own It” by Jessi Hempel at Backchannel – December 19, 2016

Tech Tip

Audible Channels available on Fire tablets

Fire TV software updates

Interview with Matthew Rubery

The Untold Story of The Talking Book by Matthew Rubery

Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX)

“Audiobooks were set to destroy books—but instead, they opened a new world” by Kevin Canfield at The Washington Post – December 8, 2016

Content

Link to free audible audiobook of Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime (US only)

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 437 Richard Hollick http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/12/16/tkc-437-richard-hollick/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/12/16/tkc-437-richard-hollick/#comments Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:59:36 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7390

Author of the Making Book blog

Interview ‪starts at 14:03 and ends at 44:31

The idea that Barnes & Noble can make it by sort of becoming a small, specialist, cozy bookstore is kind of delusional. It’s a big organization!

News

Amazon Prime Air

Jeff Bezos’s tweet announcing first Prime Air delivery – December 14, 2016

Jeremy Clarkson Prime Air video – November, 2015

Amazon White Papers on recommended drone access policy and revised air space model

WSJ Tech News Briefing podcast on Prime Air

More coverage of Prime Air at Wired, BBC, PC Magazine, and ABC

 

Tech Tip

To have Alexa play this podcast, say “Alexa, on Tune-in Radio, play The Kindle Chronicles podcast.”

You might also try this: “Alexa, sing O Christmas Tree”

Software update 5.8.7 for Kindle Oasis

Good deals on Kindle covers via TKC listener Marc:

   Inateck Kindle Cases Starting from $6.59 + Free Shipping via Slickdeals Hot Deals Forum

   Inateck Online via Amazon is discounting the following cases:

   Kindle Paperwhite Microfibril PU Leather Case [amazon.com] code: KPCOFF40

   Mint Green $6.59  Pink $7.19  Blue $7.19  Black $7.79

   Kindle Paperwhite Premium PU Leather Case [amazon.com] Now $8.39 code: KPLOFF44

   Kindle Voyage Premium PU Leather Case [amazon.com] Now $7 code: KVLOFF56

 

Interview with Richard Hollick

Making Book blog

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) by George R. R. Martin

Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei (with More Ways) by Eliot Weinberger

“Dylan’s Nobel” at Making Book – December 13, 2016

“Bob Dylan: The Music Travels, the Poetry Stays Home” by Tim Parks at The New York Review of Books – October 16, 2016

The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone – available on Kindle at $15.99 for pre-order with delivery ‪January 31, 2017

“B&N’s Misunderstanding” at Making Book – November 16, 2016

My posts at Medium.com

“Google Deletes Artist’s Blog: He Has No Backup, and Only Himself to Blame” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – July 14, 2016

Call Recorder for FaceTime

Note on Last Week’s Bluehost outage

Next Week’s Guest

Matthew Rubery, author of The Untold Story of the Talking Book, published last month by Harvard University Press. Click here for the Audible version. (I probably mispronounced Matt’s last name in the audio. I will get it right next week!)

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 436 Bryan Hudson http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/12/10/tkc-436-bryan-hudson/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/12/10/tkc-436-bryan-hudson/#comments Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:16:43 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7381

Senior Pastor of New Covenant Church, Indianapolis

Interview ‪starts at 7:20 and ends at 33:36

I think it’s a matter of accepting the change that God has provided with these tools, learning how to use the tools. For example, we could try to tell people, “Well, don’t go to the movies.” Well, they’re going to the movies. Teach them how to go to movies. With social media and all the rest, I believe we need to just focus on making it useful, making it fruitful, trying to remove distraction. In other words, let’s not throw it out because some people abuse it. Let’s be disciplined with it. Let’s have purpose for it. Let’s use it in a way that is productive. So I believe that rather than complain about it, let’s harness it like one may harness a wild horse. Break the horse, you know? Learn to ride it! Let’s ride this, and let’s make the best use of it.

 

News

AmazonGo introduction video – December 5, 2016

A look back – Amazon Unveils Futuristic Plan: Delivery by Drone at CBS – December 1, 2013

“Can You Buy a Grain of Salt at Amazon Go?” by Ryan Mac at Forbes – December 5, 2016

“Amazon Working on Several Grocery-Store Formats, Could Open More than 2,000 Locations” by Laura Stevens and Khadeeja Safdar at The Wall Street Journal (paywall)- December 5, 20126

“Amazon’s ‘Just Walk Out’ Technology Isn’t Revolutionary” (video) – James Corden on the Late Late Show December 7, 2016

“From Fire House to School Halls, Mark Bezos Advocates Volunteering” by Ryan Deffenbaugh at WAG Magazine – December 1, 2016

Mark Bezos’s TED talk – March 2011

 

Interview with Pastor Bryan Hudson

Herron School of Art + Design

New Covenant Church’s 2016 Kenya Mission video

Books by Bryan Hudson including Romans Road: Inspiration & Insights from the Book of Romans

Media consulting and production: http://visioncomsolutions.com

New Covenant Church: http://www.newcovenant.org

Vision Books and Media: http://www.visionbooksmedia.com

Firm Foundation Conversations: http://www.firmfoundationtv.net

Multimedia in Focus media camp: http://www.visionmultimedia.org

Lightning Source by Ingram

 

Content

Audible offers Invisible Man free till December 31 – a message from Audible founder Don Katz

 

Next Week’s Guest

Richard Hollick, author of the Making Book blog

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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If you would like to read my posts at Medium on everything from grandchildren to old friends and lost laptops, you will find them at Medium.com/@lenedgerly .

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TKC 435 Cynthia Manson http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/12/02/tkc-435-cynthia-manson/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/12/02/tkc-435-cynthia-manson/#comments Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:58:40 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7375 cynthia-manson

Head of Cynthia Manson Literary Agency 

Interview ‪starts at 14:30 and ends at 41:06

“The trick is that if you have an author that is struggling to find that audience, to find that readership–Alan [Russell] is a perfect example, because he always got wonderful reviews, is a fantastic writer, still has a great relationship with his former editor at St. Martins, but there was always a struggle to find that readership. Amazon [Publishing] was able to do that through their own algorithms and their own customized ways of doing e-mails and finding those readers. I do think it’s just a different technique. Probably authors like Lee Child wouldn’t necessarily benefit from that, because we know that Lee Child is a major bestseller with Random House. He knows who his readers are.”

News

“Reducing Friction on Mobile,” a Manifesto 2016 talk by Kintan Brahmbhatt, Director of Prodcut & Program Management for Amazon Prime Music” (video) – April 8, 2016

“Amazon Plans Premium Alexa Speaker With Large Screen” by Mark Gurman at Bloomberg – November 29, 2016

“Amazon Wants Alexa to Take Control of Your Smart Home” by Greg Bensinger at The Wall Street Journal – May 17, 2016

“Alexa, Tell Me Where You’re Going Next” by Steven Levy at Backchannel – November 30, 2016

Amazon press release on holiday shopping weekend record – November 29, 2016

Tech Tip

Check here for all Kindle and Fire software updates

Software Update 5.8.7 for Kindle Oasis (8th Generation), Kindle (8th Generation), Kindle (7th Generation), Kindle Voyage (7th Generation), and Kindle Paperwhite (7th Generation), Paperwhite (6th Generation)

“Kindles finally get all-text bold” by David Rothman at TeleRead – December 1, 2016

Interview with Cynthia Manson

Sterling Lord

Books by Naomi Novik

Kindle Direct Publishing

Thomas & Mercer books at Amazon.com

Arctic Fire by Stephen Frey

Red Cell (3 Book Series) by Stephen Frey

Books by Alan Russell

Books by Robert Masello

Content

Aubrey/Maturin Novels (21 Book Series) by Patrick O’Brien, beginning with Master and Commander –  $199.27 on Kindle

Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brien – $1.99 on Kindle

Comments

“Author Ian McEwan: ‘Very few novels earn their length’” by Keith Perry at The Telegraph – September 1, 2014

Next Week’s Guest

Bryan Hudson, senior pastor of New Covenant Church in Indianapolis

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 434 Seira Wilson http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/11/25/tkc-434-seira-wilson/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/11/25/tkc-434-seira-wilson/#comments Sat, 26 Nov 2016 01:24:39 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7365 seirawilson_badge

Senior Books Editor at Amazon.com

Interview ‪starts at 12:41 and ends at 43:35

“[The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis] is one that I personally wanted to see as high on the list as possible. It’s a fictional story set in a post-apocalyptic world. It’s as if we’re living again in the Old West, so there’s vigilante justice, there are small pockets of people living in the wilderness. Searching for gold is kind of back in the day-to-day play, and people are heading north. This young girl, whose parents had taken off to go and search for gold themselves, is taken in by this man who she later finds out is not at all who she thinks he is. So she goes on the run from him in search of her parents. She has this amazing voice. We have been calling her a female Huckleberry Finn. It’s just that kind of a story and a narration where you just fall in love with her immediately. You want to keep reading and re-reading.”

News

“What the Big 5’s Financial Reports Reveal About the State of Traditional Book Publishing” by Thad McIlroy at BookBusiness – August 5, 2016

“Publishing in the Pacific Northwest: Amazon Becomes a Publishing Force” by Anisse Gross at BookBusiness – November 18, 2016

“Amazon in Talks with Simon & Schuster – Acquisition?” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – July 15, 2016 2014

“Amazon’s Next Frontier: Live Sports?” at WSJ Free For All Podcast with Jason Gay

“Amazon has big plans to expand its online tickets business” by Jason Del Rey at ReCode – November 22, 2016

“ How Jeff Bezos Used ‘The New York Times’ Expose to Make Amazon Better” by Justin Bariso at Inc – November 16, 2016

Tech Tip

“Control Neato’s robot vacuum with Amazon Alexa voice commands” by Sean Buckley at Engadget – November 22, 2016

Amazon Fire HD 8 tablet with improved keyboard entry – Black Friday sale price is $30 off at $60.

Interview with Seira Wilson

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J. K. Rowling and Newt Scamander (Kindle pre-order, to be delivered on March 14, 2017)

Amazon editors’ picks for Best Books of 2016

The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

“Colson Whitehead Wins National Book Award for ‘The Underground Railroad’” by Alexandra Alter at The New York Times – November 17, 2016

The Wolf Road: A Novel by Beth Lewis

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance

The Nix: A Novel by Nathan Hill

Pumpkin Flowers: A Soldier’s Story by Matti Friedman

Mincemeat: The Education of an Italian Chef by Leonardo Lucarelli

The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis – available for pre-order with delivery on December 6, 2016

Comment

From Mark in Oslo: “Man hacks Alexa into singing fish robot, terror ensues” at The Verge – November 4, 2016

Next Week’s Guest

Cynthia Manson, New York literary agent

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 433 Laura Hazard Owen http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/11/18/tkc-433-laura-hazard-owen/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/11/18/tkc-433-laura-hazard-owen/#comments Sat, 19 Nov 2016 04:37:08 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7353 laura-hazard-owen

Deputy Editor, Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard 

Interview ‪starts at 16:02 and ends at 40:51

I think it’s become very clear that there’s going to be a devoted subset of people who do read on eReaders, and there’s going to be a lot more reading on phones.

News

“Amazon App for iPhone Now Has X-Ray Vision to See Inside Your Packages” by Andy Orin at Lifehacker – November 16, 2016

“Alexa, What Are Your Deals?” – Amazon press release on November 18, 2016

“Amazon Starts Selling Certified Refurbished Kindle e-Readers” by Michael Kozlowski at Good E-Reader – November 15, 2016

Certified Refurbished items at Amazon.com

“Amazon looks to clean house—literally” by Angel Gonzalez at The Seattle Times – November 7, 2016

“Jeff Bezos Invests Billions to Make Amazon a Top E-Commerce Player in India” by Newley Purnell at The Wall Street Journal – November 18, 2016

“Amazon is going to sell cars online” by Eugene Kim at Business Insider – November 18, 2016

New Amazon Prime TV commercial featuring a priest and an imam

“Amazon TV ad features imam and vicar exchanging gifts” by Mark Sweney at The Guardian – November 15, 2016

“Jeff Bezos tweets his love for touching Amazon ad showing friendship between priest and imam” by Kurt Schlosser at GeekWire – November 17, 2016

Tech Tip

Two mistakes to avoid with Amazon Prime Fresh

Interview with Laura Hazard Owen

Nieman Foundation at Harvard

Nieman Journalism Lab

The Nieman Fellowships

Amazon Prime Reading

Six months free of digital access to The Washington Post for Amazon Prime members

New York Times podcasts

New York Times The Daily 360 virtual reality news clips

VR experience of solitary confinement by The Guardian

I’ll Be Right Back Laura Hazard Owen’s parenting newsletter

Publishing Trends

“Why We Are Buying PaidContent” by Om Malik – February 8, 2012

Om Malik on Leo Laporte’s This Week in Tech – November 8, 2015

Substitute: Going to School with a Thousand Kids by Nicholson Baker

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance

Content

“Amazon rolls out Rapids, a chat style reading app for kids” by Sarah Buhr at Techcrunch – November 2, 1016

Amazon Rapids

Next Week’s Guest

Seira Wilson, senior books editor at Amazon.com

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TKC 432 Eric Loss http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/11/11/tkc-432-eric-loss/ Sat, 12 Nov 2016 04:52:28 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7345 eric-loss-1

Captain of Sea Dragon, Author of Loss at Sea: A Solo Circumnavigation

Interview ‪starts at 13:19 and ends at 36:18

It’s less difficult than it will seem at times. There will be hard points, but as long as you can power through those or endure through those, you just have to keep going.

News

“Donald Trump threatens Amazon as payback for Washington Post articles he doesn’t like” by Matthew Yglesias at Vox – May 13, 2016

“The Donald, documented: The Washington Post open-sources much of its Trump reporting” by Joshua Benton at Nieman Lab – August 30, 2016

Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher

“Amazon’s Stock May Be Suffering from the Trump Effect” by Jaewon Kang at The Street – November 10, 2016

Jeff Bezos tweet congratulating Donald Trump – November 10, 2016

“Amazon Announces Black Friday Deals on Echo, Fire Tablets, Kindle Paperwhite and Fire TV Stick” by David Carnoy at CNET – November 10, 2016

“Amazon to Reimburse Customers for In-App Purchases by Kids, Judge Says” by the Associated Press at The Wall Street Journal –  November 10, 2016 (Behind paywall; try copying the headline and pasting it into a Google search to see full story.)

Interview with Eric Loss

Pangaea Exploration

Sea Dragon

The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier

Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Loss at Sea: A Solo Circumnavigation by Eric Loss

Sweetland: A Novel by Michael Crummey

Content

Amazon Prime Reading Comes to the US Kindle App” at MacStories – November 9, 2016

Next Week’s Guest

Laura Hazard Owen, deputy editor at Nieman Lab

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 431 Earplay CEO Jon Myers http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/11/04/tkc-431-earplay-ceo-jon-myers/ Sat, 05 Nov 2016 00:56:36 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7337 partners

Executive Team at Earplay

Interview ‪starts at 10:28 and ends at 44:37

Left to right: Dave Grossman, Chief Creative Officer; Bruno Batarelo, Chief Technology Officer; and Jon Myers, Chief Executive Officer

News

Charlie Rose interview of Jeff Bezos (video) – October 27, 2016

Interview with Jon Myers

Earplay site

Western Dramatic Literature: A Micro-Anthology by Jonathan Myers & Jennifer Bean

Codename Cygnus

Blackstone audiobooks

Audible

Codename Cygnus Kickstarter campaign

Virtual Worlds Invite Visitors Into the Story” by Chris Suellentrop at The New York Times – November 23, 2014

“Earplay: An Interactive, Audio-Only Storyteller, Made Even Better by Alexa” by Zoey Collier at Amazon’s developer site – November 3, 2016

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 430 Robert Masello http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/10/28/tkc-430-robert-masello/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/10/28/tkc-430-robert-masello/#comments Sat, 29 Oct 2016 03:34:36 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7327 robert-masello

Author of  The Jekyll Revelation

published by Amazon Publishing’s 47North Imprint

Interview ‪starts at 10:00 and ends at 43:22

I used to joke around that I could walk up to a table at any bookstore, and any book that wasn’t published by the major houses—I could smell it a mile away. There was something wrong about the typography. The cover was somehow cheap looking. I didn’t feel quite right. The margins weren’t right when you looked at the text inside, that sort of thing. They have corrected that now. And The Jekyll Revelation, which they just recently sent me a box of is an absolutely beautiful book that I am proud to put on my shelves. The cover art is spectacular. It wraps around from the front all the way to the back. It’s indistinguishable from anybody else’s books. In fact, in many ways its better.

News

Earplay skill on Alexa

“Earplay: Alexa Hosts a Transformative New Way to Tell Stories” by Len Edgerly at Medium – October 28, 2016

Earplay website

Eastgate Systems, creator of the Storyspace hypertext tool

Tech Tip

Prime Photos

Interview with Robert Masello

The Jekyll Revelation by Robert Masello

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

“Invictus” by William Ernest Henley

The Romanov Cross: A Novel by Robert Masello

The Medusa Amulet: A Novel of Suspense and Adventure by Robert Masello

Blood and Ice by Robert Masello

Content

New York Times 2016 Bestseller List at the Kindle Store

Next Week’s Guest

Jonathan Myers, co-founder and chief executive officer of Earplay.

A tool for sharing Kindle Chronicles episodes: Overcast.fm

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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This Week’s Kindle Chronicles Guest Is the Author Robert Masello http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/10/24/this-weeks-kindle-chronicles-guest-is-the-author-robert-masello/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/10/24/this-weeks-kindle-chronicles-guest-is-the-author-robert-masello/#comments Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:35:04 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7316 robert-masello-1For Friday’s show I recorded a Skype interview today with Robert Masello, author of The Jekyll Revelationset for release on November 8. Masello’s new novel is an imaginative, richly layered story that weaves Jack the Ripper and Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde together with environmental threats California. I am about a third of the way through the Advance Reading Copy (ARC) provided by 47North, Amazon Publishing’s mysteries imprint.

Masello previous novel was The Einstein Prophecypublished in August of 2015 by 47North. Before that, his numerous bestselling books, including The Romanov Cross, were published by Random House’s Bantam imprint and other Big Five publishers. One reason I made a note to catch up with him for today’s interview was that I learned at BookExpo America in May about his switch from the biggest of the Big Five to Amazon Publishing.

To say this prolific, talented author is happy with his new home at Amazon Publishing understates what I heard this afternoon from Santa Monica. There are drawbacks, he said, the most notable being that he never sees his APub books displayed on a table at Barnes & Noble and most independent bookstores. Those retailers, who in their high-minded commitment to free access to ideas, refuse to display Amazon’s books because– well, I’m not really sure what the reason is except that they really, really don’t like Amazon.

The traditional publishers also have an advantage in generally offering larger advances than Amazon, Masello said. But Amazon pays royalties every month instead of every six months, and Amazon provides sustained marketing and promotion for books that results in a steadier income stream after publication.

I loved hearing about Masello’s creative process for his books, which pose daunting historical mysteries that he writes his way toward solving, without an outline. In the case of The Jekyll Revelation, the mystery includes the identity of Jack the Ripper. His historical research is extensive, backed up by APub’s meticulous proof-reading and fact-checking.

After we concluded the recording, Masello told me Amazon had sent him an Alexa-powered Echo to celebrate a sales milestone for The Einstein Prophecy. “I haven’t opened it,” he told me. “I need to find someone who will help me set it up.” If I’d been in Santa Monica instead of Cambridge I would have loved to do the honors!

 

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TKC 429 Bufo Calvin http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/10/21/tkc-429-bufo-calvin/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/10/21/tkc-429-bufo-calvin/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:05:07 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7311 ILMK Blog pic short 660 pixels

Bufo Calvin is the creator of the I Love My Kindle blog and The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip

Interview starts at 9:49 and ends at 36:45

If you want to watch “Devil Girl from Mars” you can go and watch it on this site. What’s happening so far is that I’m having a great time with it. I’m adding stuff to it. Virtually no one else ever goes there. I kind of feel like I’m up in my attic, and I put all these things on the wall and that’s great and I’m sort of obsessed with the idea of that. But nobody is ever coming up the ladder into the attic at this point.

 

News

“Amazon Japan introduces ‘Manga Model’ Kindle Paperwhite with eight times more storage” at The Verge – October 18, 2016

Amazon press release in Japanese announcing “Manga Model” Kindle Paperwhite – October 18, 2016

Kindle Paperwhite

“Amazon Music Unlimited” at The Lefsetz Newsletter – October 10, 2016

“Music Streaming Showdown: Amazon Music Unlimited vs. Spotify” by Alex Fitzpatrick at Time – October 18, 2016

“Apple lawsuit says 90 percent of ‘official’ chargers sold on Amazon are fake” by James Vincent at The Verge – October 20, 2016

“Amazon could be a lot bigger than we think” by Elizabeth Weise at USA Today – October 20, 2016

 

Interview with Bufo Calvin

I Love My Kindle blog

The Measured Circle’s Geek Time Trip at The History Project

TMCGTT links mentioned: H. P. Lovecraft, Devil Girl from Mars, Night of the Living Dead directed by George Romero, Piers Anthony,

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence, Strange Worlds comic debut on November 1, 1950, Batman radio show on September 5, 1950,

Amazon Prime Reading

One Murder More by Kris Calvin

 

Content

Ken Gunther’s list of free eBook sources:

www.freebooksy.com has an amazing collection of free books. I am on their mailing list and every day get an email with links to free books available from Amazon. You can filter your list and only get notified about books available in your favorite genres (science fiction, legal thriller, etc)

www.bookbub.com – every day I get an email from the folks at Bookbub with a list of books available for free, 99 cents and $1.99.

The above sites apparently carefully monitor amazon.com and when Amazon is having a free book promotion I get notified by email.

I also use ebook.bike – This site used to be called TUEBL.ca which is an acronym for The Ultimate E-Book Library. You need to go to the web site and can search for the title or author you are interested in. You can download the books as Epub or text files and then use a tool like Calibre to convert them to azw files for the Kindle. You need to click on the download link and then “Download Epub” or “Download Text” to select the format you want. There are lots of other links on ebook.bike, I stay away from them.

Calibre

Amazon’s new “100 books for a lifetime of eating and drinking”

 

Next Week’s Guest:

Robert Masello, author of The Jekyll Revelation

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 428 Tina Pohlman http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/10/15/tkc-428-tina-pohlman/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/10/15/tkc-428-tina-pohlman/#comments Sat, 15 Oct 2016 04:03:43 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7300 tina-credit-ric-kallaher

EVP and Publisher, Open Road Integrated Media

Interview ‪starts at 15:33 and ends at 43:28

We are not an agency publisher. So we don’t have any control over the consumer price. We set the digital list price, and we don’t have control over the consumer price. And Amazon is free to discount it to whatever price they want. And I would also point out that we are very aggressive in the number of and the frequency with which we promote our books in price promotions. (Photo credit: Ric Kallaher)

News

“Amazon Music Unlimited versus Prime Music: What’s the Difference?” by Jeff Gamet at The Mac Observer – October 12, 2016

Amazon press release on Music Unlimited service – October 12, 2016

“Amazon to Expand Grocery Business With New Convenience Stores” by Greg Bensinger and Laura Stevens at The Wall Street Journal – October 12, 2016

“If Amazon is really opening brick-and-mortar grocery stores, it’s a big deal” by Sarah Halzack at The Washington Post – October 11, 2016

Wall Street Journal Tech News Briefing podcast – October 13, 2016

Tech Tip

“New! Collection management comes to MYCD (Manage Your Content and Devices)” by Bufo Calvin at I Love My Kindle – October 13, 2016

Interview with Tina Pohlman

Open Road Integrated Media

The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell: My Family and Other Animals (Book 1), Birds, Beasts, and Relatives (Book 2), and The Garden of the Gods (Book 3)

The Durrells in Corfu Season 1 on PBS Masterpiece

The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell

Click here to sign up for the Open Road Early Bird Books email list

Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street by John Brooks

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Wittgenstein’s Mistress by David Markson with Afterword by David Foster Wallace

Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus by Ludwig Wittgenstein

The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Content

“PBS’s ‘Durells in Corfu’ gets its glow from the Greek Island” by Matthew Gilbert at The Boston Globe – October 13, 2016

“‘The Durrells in Corfu’ Review: An Island of Charm” by John Anderson at The Wall Street Journal – October 13, 2016

Next Week’s Guest

Bufo Calvin, creator of the I Love My Kindle blog

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 427 Chris Brogan http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/10/07/tkc-427-chris-brogan/ Sat, 08 Oct 2016 01:39:00 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7290 chris-brogan_profile-2015_please-credit-vendela-media-1

Author of  Find Your Writing Voice 

Interview ‪starts at 16:18 and ends at 42:39

I don’t think books are going to evolve, because I think other things are there to take that slack up. And I think that’s okay. The one thing I can tell you is I have a lot of print books in my life, even though I read mostly digital now. Every time I have a print book I always want to be clicking a link or something. I always want to be grabbing some text and dropping it into Evernote. There are a lot of moments where the technology of paper is frustrating to me. And yet, I write on paper every day. I have a paper notebook beside me at all times every day, and I like getting a physical book. I have the new David Eggers, and it’s beautiful. It looks beautiful. It smells nice, and there’s nothing like that. I don’t know. I don’t think the future of books is as cool as we thought it might be. There’s no jet pack. (Photo by Vendela Media)

News

Up to $50 off Kindle eReaders – limited time offer for Prime members

“Amazon Prime Reading gives members even more e-books” by Ben Fox Rubin at CNET – October 5, 2016

“Amazon introduces Prime Reading…and hits a sweet spot for many customers” by Bufo Calvin at I Love My Kindle

“Amazon’s Alexa group is on a massive hiring spree” by Jason Del Rey at Recode – October 1, 2016

Tech Tip

IFTTT recipes for Amazon Alexa

Interview with Chris Brogan

Find Your Writing Voice: How to write more like your amazing self, for books, blog posts, and email by Chris Brogan

Essential Zen Habits by Leo Babauta

Trust Agents and The Impact Equation, by Chris Brogan and Julian Smith

Canva free book covers

Pressbooks

The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and Word Dominators by Chris Brogan (2014)

Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade by Robert Cialdini

How to Live a Good Life by Jonathan Fields

The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know by Shawn Coyne with introduction by Steven Pressfield

Assassin’s Creed videogames

Heroes of the Frontier by David Eggers

Next Week’s Guest

Tina Pohlman, executive vice president and publisher at Open Road Integrated Media, which is releasing The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell on October 11, 2016

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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Amazon Introduces Prime Reading, a New Benefit for Prime Members http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/10/05/amazon-introduces-prime-reading-a-new-benefit-for-prime-members/ Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:34:09 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7281 screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-6-32-00-amAmazon this morning introduced an additional, free benefit of Amazon Prime membership. It’s called Prime Reading, and it enables Prime members to borrow up to 10 titles at a time from a rotating selection of books, magazines, and comics. If you are already paying $10 a month for a Kindle Unlimited subscription, the new Prime Reading content will be in addition to the 10 KU titles you can borrow at a time.

In a press release last night that was embargoed until today at 6:30 AM ET, Amazon said Prime Reading features the following:

  • “Over a thousand popular books: Enjoy a diverse selection of titles including Red Sparrow, The Butterfly Garden, The 5 Love Languages, The Atlantis Gene, Lonely Planet travel guides and books from best-selling authors Brad Thor, Barry Eisler, Stephen Covey, James Altucher, Rachel Abbott and more.
  • “Premium Magazines: Stay on top of current trends with a rotating selection of fresh, full issues of top magazines covering sports, technology, cooking and home improvement, current affairs, notable people and more.
  • “Exclusive short content: Read Kindle Singles Classics classic short-form reads by the world’s top writers, from Susan Orlean to Norman Mailer. Also read from hundreds of Kindle Singles short stories, memoirs and essays from a variety of top writers.
  • “All your favorite Kindle features: Enjoy all the great Kindle features customers love such as Page Flip, Popular Highlights, X-Ray and Goodreads integration, all while using your favorite Kindle eReader or Fire tablet or free Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android phone, tablet and more.”

“Prime is the best deal in the history of shopping and today it got even better,” said Greg Greeley, Vice President Amazon Prime. “Prime members can now enjoy an awesome selection of books including The Hobbit, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Man in the High Castle, plus magazines and more with Prime Reading – all for free on any device.”

I will have more about Prime Reading on Friday’s Kindle Chronicles show, which will also feature an interview with social media pioneer Chris Brogan, author of an excellent new book titled Find Your Writing Voice: How to write more like your amazing self, for books, blog posts, and email.

 

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The Power of Habit – in 50 Words http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/10/02/the-power-of-habit-in-50-words/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/10/02/the-power-of-habit-in-50-words/#comments Sun, 02 Oct 2016 11:05:29 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7279

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I want to write 500 words daily, so I’m starting with 50. I love Leo Babauta’s six-week habit-formation plan. It’s why I now begin my day with 15 minutes of sitting meditation, eat vegetables at lunch, and practice my guitar for an hour each afternoon. Habit trumps discipline every time.

(Cross post at LenEdgerly.com)

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TKC 426 Andrew Richard Albanese http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/09/30/tkc-426-andrew-richard-albanese/ Sat, 01 Oct 2016 03:24:29 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7275 Andrew Albanese

Senior Writer and Features Editor at Publishers Weekly

Interview ‪starts at 18:17 and ends at 41:59

The fact that we have rapidly declining eBook sales from major publishers and that we see for two years running now in the Pew surveys that eBook readership is not growing is stunning, considering the vast offerings that are now available in digital format. I just hope that the publishers haven’t, if not killed then wounded their golden reader, which is a reader that will read on any device, and certainly the data show they will read print and eBooks, toggle from one to the other. They’ll buy more books, they’ll check out more books. I think as reading becomes more pressured by other media, to hold back your power readers like that can’t be considered a wise strategy any more.

News

Amazon introduces all-new Fire TV Stick (press release) – September 28, 2016

“Amazon’s Fire TV Stick gets a smart upgrade to work with Alexa” by Amelia Heathman at Wired – September 29, 2016

All-new Fire TV stick at Amazon.com

Fire TV

Variety review of Woody Allen’s Amazon comedy “Crisis in Six Scenes” – September 29, 2016.

“Crisis in Six Scenes” at Amazon Prime instant video

“Introducing the Alexa Prize” (press release) September 29, 2016

Twitch Prime Guide

Tech Tip

All-new Fire HD 8

Interview with Andrew Richard Albanese

“Print or Digital, It’s Reading That Matters” by Andrew Richard Albanese at Publishers Weekly – September 16, 2016

“Book Reading 2016” Pew Research Center study – September 1, 2016

Author Earnings

Wattpad

The Frankfurt Book Fair October 1-23, 2016

Next Week’s Guest

Chris Brogan, author of Finding Your Writing Voice: How to write more like your amazing self, for books, blog posts, and email

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 425 James McQuivey http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/09/23/tkc-425-james-mcquivey/ Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:45:11 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7267 mcquivey-e1461937410463

Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research

Interview ‪starts at 14:34 and ends at 44:17

It’ll happen in the cloud, and it will get propagated out to eight, 10, 15, 20 million households that will have the more rudimentary voice enabled [Alexa device], and then suddenly it will become like magic. Suddenly that device, that Trojan horse that Amazon has gotten into your home, will suddenly unleash itself and become a truly intelligent agent. Is that a year away? At least, but we’re going to start having the feeling that there’s a real person there pretty soon. There are already people who feel that way today.

News

“Print or Digital, It’s Reading that Matters” by Andrew Richard Albanese at Publishers Weekly – September 16, 2016

BookRiot podcast Episode 174 – September 12, 2016

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

“Amazon isn’t just online—it’s opening a real bookstore in Dedham” by Curt Woodward at The Boston Globe – September 19, 2016

“Amazon Says It Puts Customers First. But Its Pricing Algorithm Doesn’t” by Julia Angwin and Surya Mattu at ProPublica – September 20, 2016

Amazon statement related to ProPublica story and statement issued after the story was published

The New Yorker Radio Hour Episode 48 (Jeff Bezos reference ‪at 11:40)

Transparent on Amazon Video

Kindle for Kids bundle

Interview with James McQuivey

“Quick Take: Amazon Extends Its Lead By Taking Alexa Intelligent Agent Global” at Forrester – September 14, 2016

“Print or Digital, It’s Reading That Matters” By Andrew Richard Albanese at Publishers Weekly – September 16, 2016

All-New Echo Dot (2nd Generation)

Amazon Echo

“I’ve Got a Rant in Me” – Episode 174 of the BookRiot podcast

Content

Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World by Deirdre N. McCloskey

Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World by Deirdre N. McCloskey

Blog Nation list of book review blogs

Next Week’s Guest

Andrew Richard Albanese, author of “Print or Digital, It’s Reading that Matters” at Publishers Weekly

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 424 John Biglow http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/09/16/tkc-424-john-biglow/ http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/09/16/tkc-424-john-biglow/#comments Sat, 17 Sep 2016 02:43:44 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7260 img_2715

Rowing legend, challenged reader trying a Kindle

Interview ‪starts ‪at 14:43 and ends at 42:48

I remember walking home from third grade and throwing a workbook away. It was a book that I had made out of paper and was keeping notes in. I threw it in the bushes, because my teacher said, “You’re supposed to take this home and get your parents to sign off on your assignments, that you’ve done them all.” I threw it away, and I said I’d lost it, because I didn’t want to show that I’d not done the reading, because I hated it so much. I just didn’t like it. I can do the reading; I just don’t like it. And I still have that feeling today.

News

“Amazon Alexa, Echo, and the All-New Echo Dot Coming to the UK” – press release September 14, 2016

Amazon Echo – Wikipedia

“The Best thing about Amazon’s $50 Echo Dot? It’s available to all” by Devindra Hardawar at Engadget – September 14, 2016

“Brief: The Future of Voice Control Goes Far Beyond Dictation” by James McQuivey with David M. Cooperstein, Alexandra Hayes at Forrester Research – April 14, 2014

“Alexa—turn on my local Heart radio station” by Roy Martin at Radio Today Industry News

“Amazon Books opens in San Diego” by Jennifer Van Grove at The San Diego Union-Tribune – September 14, 2016

Kobo Aura One

“Amazon Prime tunes into Audible” by Ben Fox Rubin at CNET = September 13, 2016

Tech Tip

More specs on the next generation Fire HD 8 tablet

Interview with John Biglow

Craftsbury Sculling Center

Mind over Water: Lessons on Life from the Art of Rowing by Craig Lambert (published in September, 1999)

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel ‪James Brown

Head of the Charles Regatta

The Amateurs: The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest for an Olympic Gold Medal by David Halberstam

My Brilliant Friend by Elana Ferrante

FULL audio books for everyone channel at YouTube

Kindle Oasis

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Kindle ($80) at Amazon.com

My interview with Temple Grandin in TKC 196 – April 30, 2012

Video – Part 1

Video – Part 2

Shadow Work: The Unpaid, Unseen Jobs That Fill Your Day by Craig Lambert

Craig Lambert on TKC 354 – May 2015

Comments

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Kindle Oasis skins at DecalGirl

Next Week’s Guest:

James McQuivey, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research

Outro

“Dock Talk: The Essence of Sculling” – my 360 YouTube video from Craftsbury Sculling Center

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 423 Nicholson Baker http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2016/09/09/tkc-423-nicholson-baker/ Sat, 10 Sep 2016 00:18:05 +0000 http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/?p=7251 baker-credit-elias-baker

Author of  Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids

 

Interview starts at 8:44 and ends at 41:26

The thing that really hit me was, this is compulsory. None of these kids have a choice. Whatever the cutoff age is, they have a choice, but all of those earlier years they cannot just decide, “I don’t want to go to school today” unless they had a very understanding set of parents or something. They have to go. And they have to get up really early. Often they’re on a bus for an hour, and then all day long they’re being told what to do. And some of what they’re learning, especially in elementary school, is very valuable—reading, for instance, and arithmetic—really, really valuable things to know on this planet. Other things are often really a waste of time. That feeling of its being both an incredibly long day and a day in which a lot of it feels kind of futile—it’s kind of a terrifying combination when you look at it from the kid’s point of view.

(Photo by Elias Baker)

 

News

Amazon announces an all-new Fire HD 8 for $90 with longer battery life, more storage, faster performance and Alexa

Fire HD 8 press release – September 8, 2016

Interview with Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker’s author page at Amazon.com

Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids by Nicholson Baker

Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl

Minecraft

Music for my podcast is from an original Thelonius Monk composition named “Well, You Needn’t.” This version is “Ra-Monk” by Eval Manigat on the “Variations in Time: A Jazz Perspective” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads!

Right-click here and then click “Save Link As…” to download the audio to your computer, phone, or MP3 player.

 

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