Russ Grandinetti at Digital Book World – Liveblog

16093247218_a5fc9cddc6_bThese are the contemporaneous notes I posted during Amazon Sr VP Kindle Russ Grandinetti’s just-concluded presentation at Digital Book World. Grandinetti was interviewed on stage by Mike Shatzkin, chair of the conference and founder and CEO of The Idea Logical Company, and by Michael Cader, founder of Publishers Lunch.

It was a substantive conversation lasting about a half hour, and the audience appeared to be listening very carefully. These folks are mainly from the publishing business, and sentiment in the room tends toward a mix of suspicion, fear, and perhaps loathing of Amazon. Nonetheless, there was a polite ripple of applause lasting maybe five seconds at the end of the panel. Grandinetti exited quickly, stage right, for another meeting, and I believe he’s flying back to Seattle today after flying all the way here to New York this morning.

In my opinion, it was a good use of his time, to present his views about publishing to an influential audience of publishing folk. I’m biased, of course, but I think anyone tuning into this discussion would have realized that Amazon’s top Kindle guy knows the book business pretty well and has not yet accepted that we’ve reached the end of changes and disruption in publishing. As Amazon execs up to and including Jeff Bezos like to say when someone presses for information about what’s ahead, “Stay tuned.”

NOTE – These posts appear in reverse chronological order, so begin at the bottom to read them in sequence.

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How the New York Times Uses Data in Newsroom – liveblog

James Robinson, director of news analytics for The New York Times at Digital Book World. Click on headline of this post to see updates.

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Houghton Mifflin CEO — liveblog

LInda Zecher, CEO of Houghton Mifflin, addresses Digital Book World in an interview with Michael Cader, founder of Publishers Lunch.

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Digital Book World Begins – Liveblog

IMG_20150114_084743Good morning from the NY Hilton Midtown, where Digital Book World is about to begin. DBW Impresario Mike Shatzkin just announced that, because of the long line downstairs at registration, the welcome remarks will be delayed until 9 am EST.

I will liveblog a number of sessions today and tomorrow. Russ Grandinetti, Amazon’s senior vice president for Kindle content, will take one of the three chairs you see in the photo later this morning for a session titled “Amazon and the Book Business.” With him will be Shatzkin and Michael Cader, founder of Publishers Lunch.

If you have arrived here from a link, you may not see the liveblog posts themselves. If not, simply click on the headline of this post and they will appear.

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TKC 336 John Ashbery

Ashbery

Author of 17 poetry collections recently formatted for eBook readers

Interview starts at 12:49 and ends at 37:24.

The Internet seems to have changed things for the better. You can’t stop people from looking things up these days. They’re usually doing it in front of you while they’re talking to you. So, even though it’s cheating, it’s resulted in a somewhat different position for the would-be communicator, i.e. the poet.

News

“Kindle sales have ‘disappeared’, says UK’s largest book retailer” by Andrew Trotman at The Telegraph – January 6, 2014

My interview with Jason Bailey, co-owner of JJ Books in Bothell, Washington in December, 2013

“The Real Story Behind Jeff Bezos’s Fire Phone Debacle and What It Means for Amazon’s Future” by Austin Carr at Fast Company – January 6, 2014

Amazon Fire Phone press conference (video) – June 18, 2014 . Dynamic perspective demo starts at 37:30.

Tech Tip

“How to install Google Play apps (non-Amazon apps) on a Kindle Fire HD / HDX” by Andrys Basten at A Kindle World blog – January 3, 2015

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Interview with John Ashbery

Rivers and Mountains

Chinese Whispers

The rest of John Ashbury’s Ashbery’s new poetry volumes from Open Road at the Kindle Store

“Line by Line, E-Books Turn Poet-Friendly” by Alexandra Alter at The New York Times – September 14, 2014

Interview with John Ashbery at Open Road Media

Breezeway, John Ashbury’s next volume of poetry, available for pre-order with delivery on May 12, 2015

Related Interview with Joshua Tallent of eBook Architects, a service of Firebrand Technologies, begins at 37:29 and ends at 38:23

Content

The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir

Upcoming Guests

Next week’s show will originate from New York City, where I will bring you interviews and observations from a blockbuster Digital Book World conference.

My guest for TKC 338 on Friday, January 23, 2015, will be Andy Weir, author of The Martian, described by Guy Kawasaki in a recent Facebook post as “the most enjoyable book I have ever read.”

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 Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 335 Gregg Levoy

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Author of Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion 

Interview starts at 9:20 and ends at 41:50.

 It takes courage and vigilance and diligence to ask this question of yourself repeatedly: Where am I losing energy? Why am I losing energy? Why do I not feel engaged in life? Which is a lot of what passion is about, is engagement.

News

“Amazon Prime Experiences Another Record-Breaking Holiday Season” – Amazon press release December 26, 2014

“3 Things Amazon Wants Investors to Know About Its Holiday Season” by Daniel B. Kline at The Motley Fool – December 30, 2014

Tech Tip

Goodreads integration with Kindle for ratings and reviews

Interview with Gregg Levoy

Gregg Levoy’s home page

Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life (not available on Kindle)

Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion

Content

“The 100 Most Useful URLs for Kindle Owners” at Me and My Kindle – January 2, 2014

Mozart in the Jungle – Original Amazon series, free for Amazon Prime members

Next Week’s Guest

John Ashbery, author of 17 volumes on poetry recently released in September, 2014, by Open Road Media

I will leave next week to cover Digital Book World in New York City January 13th through the 15th. That week’s show will bring you a full report on an impressive agenda of panels and speakers.

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 Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 334 Jeffery Deaver

Deaver Best

Author of The Starling Project

Interview starts at 12:16 and ends at 44:00.

I don’t have any issue aesthetically with the eBooks like some people do. For me, whatever gets people to read is fantastic.

News

“eReaders Can Disrupt Your Sleep, and Other Nonsense” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – December 23, 2014

“E-Books ‘damage sleep and health,’ doctors warn” by James Gallagher at BBC News – December 22, 2014

“Breaking News: Study Finds Glow from iPads Still Disrupts Sleep” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – December 22, 2014

Tech Tips

Answers to questions from listeners

Interview with Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery Deaver’s web site

The Night I Disappeared and Say Goodnight, Gracie by Julie Reece Deaver

The Starling Project , an Audible Drama

“An Art Form Rises: Audio Without the Book by Alexandra Alter at The New York Times – November 30, 2014

International Thriller Writers

From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming

Carte Blanche: The New James Bond Novel by Jeffery Deaver

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A George Smiley Novel by John le Carre

XO: A Kathryn Dance Novel by Jeffery Deaver

Solitude Creek (A Kathryn Dance Novel) by Jeffery Deaver – available for preorder with delivery set for May 12, 2015

“‘Bone Collector’ Author Jeffery Deaver Announces New Italy-Set Novel” by Ariston Anderson at Hollywood Reporter - December 10, 2014

The Skin Collector (Lincoln Rhyme Book 11) by Jeffery Deaver

The Guns of August: The Outbreak of World War I by Barbara W. Tuchman

Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt by David McCullough

The October List by Jeffery Deaver

Content

Jeffery Deaver’s books at Amazon.com

An Acceptable Sacrifice (Bibliomysteries) by Jeffery Deaver

The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir

Best Science Fiction of 2014 – Goodreads Choice Awards

Upcoming Guests

Gregg Levoy, author of Vital Signs: The Nature and Nurture of Passion

John Ashbery, author of 17 volumes of poetry recently published in eBook form by Open Road 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 Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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TKC 333 Richard Hollick

Richard Hollick photo

Author of the Making Book blog

 Interview starts at 21:05

What I’ve decided is going on in publishing is that genre fiction, however widely you want to define that, sort of entertainment books, are basically going to go down the eBook/indie author road. Of course the big publishers won’t want to give it up, and it’s not going to happen overnight, but it seems to me that structurally the potential is there, and all the incentives, perhaps, are against the publishers.

News  

“At Apple Hearing, Amazon Called a ‘Monopolist’” by Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly – December 15, 2014

Henry Blodget’s Interview with Jeff Bezos at Business Insider – December 16, 2014

Prime Air video – December 1, 2013

“The Everything Book: Reading in the Age of Amazon” by Casey Newton at The Verge – December 17, 2014

“Big Amazon Fire Phone update adds call blocking, custom ringtones, lots more” by Killian Bell at Cult of Android – December 18, 2014

Tech Tips

Kindle for iOS 4.6

Kindle Unlimited

Interview with Richard Hollick

Making Book: Richard Hollick’s blog about books and book manufacturing

Thomas Malthus and the Making of the Modern World by Alan Macfarlane

“Malthus Among the doomsters” by Jonathan Benthal at The Times Literary Supplement – June 11, 2014

“Is this a book?” at Making Book – December 10, 2014

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing

“Augmented reality is coming closer” at Making Book – November 12, 2014

Content

Goodreads Choice Awards 2014

The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir

Next Week’s Guest

Jeffery  Archer  Deaver, author of The Starling Project, an Audible 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 Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

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Yule Love These Sizzling Deals on Fire and Kindle!

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It’s tough to keep up with all the smart merchandising and discounting Amazon does this time of year, but today’s medley of limited-time holiday deals is worth making a special effort to tell you about.

$125 off Fire HDX 8.9″ – This is not the latest generation Fire HDX 8.9, but it’s still an impressive deal on the previous generation model. So it places the full-size tablet at a very attractive price point. It’s available today only, December 15th, or while supplies last. They’re cleaning out the inventory on the old models.

$20 off Amazon Fire TV – The full-featured Fire TV is on sale for $79, compared with the usual price of $99. This one is described as a “limited-time offer,” so there’s no telling how long it will last.

$30 off Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet – Again, a “limited-time” offer on the kids version of the 6″ or 7″ HD Fire tablet. They come with thick, soft protective casing and an unusual two-year, worry-free guarantee. One year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is included in the deal, along with best-in-class parental controls.

$20 off the Basic Kindle – Remember when we used to dream of a $50 Kindle? Well, this is pretty close: the new basic Kindle with touchscreen and Special Offers is on sale for $59, compared with the usual price of $79. You save $9 more when you add six months of Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s subscription reading program. If you’ve been thinking you want to give this eReading thing a try but didn’t want to dig deeply into your credit card to do it, this is a good entry point.

$200 off 32GB unlocked Amazon Fire Phone – This phone is pretty terrific, based on my personal experience. I’ve been using mine since July 24th, and I even switched my cell number over from iPhone and moved from Verizon to AT&T to do it. I’m not saying there is no turning back, because the Apple Watch next year may lure me back to Apple. Meanwhile, this unlocked Fire phone can be used like an iPod Touch–everything the iPhone has without the phone. If you don’t sign up for a phone contract, it’s like a Fire Touch that takes great photos (with free unlimited storage in the Amazon Cloud for photos AND video), offers a sweet read of your Kindle books, and snaps real-world information with Firefly. Oh, and you get a year of free Prime, so this deal in effect makes the unlocked Fire Phone available for $199.

These are great products at terrific prices.

And if you click on any of the links above (or the Amazon display ads at the right of the page) when you begin your shopping, you will be giving a seasonal boost to The Kindle Chronicles through Amazon Associates commissions. Thank you for shopping here at TKC!

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TKC 332 Pamela Paul

Pamela Paul

Editor of The New York Times Book Review

Interview starts at 11:41

Many people who bought an eReader of some kind or another will use it for some things and not for others. Some people use it to travel, but at home they like to read a book. Some people use it for genre fiction but not for literary fiction. Some people prefer nonfiction in a print book, while they enjoy fiction on an eReader. I think that that kind of balancing of one’s reading diet, as one does with media overall these days, kind of makes sense.

News

“Can Apple Win Its E-book Appeal” by Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly – December 11, 2014

Tech Tip

Mayday is more tech concierge than traditional tech support

Interview with Pamela Paul

The New York Times Book Review

Inside The Book Review podcast

Books by Pamela Paul:

By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review

The Starter Marriage and the Future of Matrimony

Parenting, Inc.: How the Billion-Dollar Baby Business Has Changed the Way We Raise Our Children

Pornified: How Pornography is Transforming Our Lives, our Relationships, and Our Families

“Talking Books with the Editor of The New York Times Book Review” at BuzzFeed – December 12, 2014

Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle that Set Them Free by Hector Tobar

Family Life: A Novel by Akhil Sharma

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

Act One: An Autobiography (1959) by Moss Hart

Content

Mystery authors recommended by Darlene:

John Sandford – Virgil Flowers series

CJ Box – Joe Picket series

Craig Johnson – Walt Longmire mysteries

Donna Leon – Comissario Guido Brunetti mysteries

Joseph Flynn- Jim McGill series

James Patterson- Women’s Murder Club series – These are old but good. The first ones are the best.

Julia Spencer Fleming

Jack’s recommended mystery writers:

Faye Kellerman – Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Crime Thrillers series

A. Jance – A J. P. Beaumont series

Catherine Coulter – FBI series

Michael Connelly - Harry Bosch series

Sue Grafton – Alphabet series

Archer Mayor – Joe Gunther Novels

L. J. Sellers – Detective Jackson mysteries

“An Art Form Rises: Audio Without the Book” by Alexandra Alter at The New York Times – November 30, 2014

The Starling Project by Jeffery Deaver, an Audible Drama

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 Persepctive” CD by Public Transit Recording” CD.

Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads!

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