Amazon Releases an All-New Waterproof, Audible-enabled, 7-inch Kindle Oasis for $250



Amazon today has released an all-new Kindle Oasis eReader, available for pre-order globally with shipment starting October 31.

At the end of this post I will include a copy of the press release that I received yesterday with an embargo until today at 9 a.m. ET.

I attended a demo of the new Kindle Oasis last week, on October 5th in New York City. You can hear my report on that event and a followup in-depth interview with Hany Ghali, senior product manager for Kindle at Amazon’s Lab126, in a special episode of The Kindle Chronicles, which I just uploaded.

The big news about the new Oasis is that it’s bigger.

The second-generation Oasis is the first Kindle to have a 7-inch screen, noticeably larger than the 6-inch E Ink screens that have been standard on every Kindle except the jumbo Kindle DX, which was introduced in 2009 with a 9.7-inch screen. The DX was quietly discontinued in 2014.

I didn’t have time to do any reading on the new Oasis, but my first impression is that the larger screen will be a pleasant improvement in Kindle reading. It holds 30 percent more text on a page, so you won’t have to press the next-page button as often. Or you could press the button, which is smaller than that of the original Oasis, with the same frequency and show the text in a larger font.

If you have ever protected your Kindle in a Ziploc bag for reading in the bathtub, a process perfected over the years by my wife Darlene, you will appreciate that the new Oasis is the first Kindle to be waterproof.

The new Oasis also includes built-in Audible capability via Bluetooth. You can connect the device to a speaker or headphones by Bluetooth and listen to any book in your Audible library. I’m disappointed that the new Oasis does not offer immersion reading, a feature that on a Fire tablet highlights the words as they are read by the professional narrator. If you switch to Audible on the new Oasis, the pages will not turn automatically, but because Whispersync is enabled, you will end up in the right place when you switch back to reading text.

Oasis 2.0 comes in two storage configurations–8 GB for $250 with WiFi only and special offers and 32 GB for $280. The less expensive Oasis has twice the storage of the original. There is also a 32 GB model with free cellular connectivity available for $350.

[Correction] When you bought an original Oasis with WiFi and special offers, it cost $360 and included a case with a supplemental battery. The original Kindle Oasis is $289 for WIFI + special offers, and $359 for WAN + special offers. That innovative two-part design has been abandoned in the new Oasis, so your purchase of the $250 device might be all you need. A cover that snaps onto the new Oasis is available for $50 in a fabric material and $60 for leather. These covers can also serve as stands for reading hands free, a feature that I missed in the original Oasis cover.

In my interview in New York with Arthur van Rest, general manager for Kindle and accessories at Amazon, I asked how robust the Kindle platform is 10 years after its introduction, given that more people are reading Kindle books on smartphones and tablets than ever before. His answer, as follows, gratified me, given that I continue to be a huge fan of the E Ink Kindle:

It’s been 10 years since we first introduced a Kindle device, and our sales performance is testament to the commitment to the category. We continue to invest, and we continue to innovate in the category. Every generation or Kindle has added new features, new functionality both in terms of hardware but also in terms of features to make the reading experience special. Features like X-Ray, WordWise and time remaining all make the reading experience better.

Kindle sales themselves have never been better. The Prime Day sales in July were the best-ever sales that we’ve ever had on Kindle devices both in the U.S. and worldwide. We love it that people read more either on a smartphone or a Fire tablet, but in the end I think a single-purpose device is the best way to read digitally. People keep coming back to a single-purpose device for what represents a real sanctuary for reading. People enjoy the Kindle Oasis, because it is a place where they can go and disappear into the world or the author without being distracted by social media or by emails or by other Internet use. And that’s what makes Kindle so special.

Music to my ears. Long live the Kindle, and an appreciative welcome to the newest member of the family!

 

Meet the All-New Kindle Oasis: Featuring a 7-inch, 300 ppi Display, Waterproof Design,

and Audible

 

Our largest, highest-resolution Paperwhite display with crisp, laser-quality text that reads like paper with no glare—even in bright sunlight

Thin and light design with an aluminum back and a unique ergonomic shape, so you can read comfortably for hours

The first waterproof Kindle so you can take your favorite stories even more places

With Audible built in, access the world’s largest library of audiobooks and easily switch between reading and listening to your book on your Bluetooth-enabled speakers or headphones

Read books your way—more options than ever before to personalize your ideal reading settings with font sizes, additional boldness levels, and new accessibility features

SEATTLE—October 11, 2017—(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Today, Amazon announced its most advanced Kindle e-reader ever—the all-new Kindle Oasis, featuring our largest, highest-resolution Paperwhite display yet and a thin and light ergonomic design so you can read more comfortably for hours. The all-new Kindle Oasis is the first waterproof (IPX8) Kindle allowing you to read in even more places, from the bath to the swimming pool. The all-new Kindle Oasis has a battery life measured in weeks, not hours—and it includes a fast-charging capability that allows it to go from no battery to fully charged in less than two hours. With Audible built in, you can listen to the world’s largest library of audiobooks and easily switch between reading and listening to a professionally narrated performance on Bluetooth headphones or speakers. The all-new Kindle Oasis is available for pre-order today at www.amazon.com/kindleoasis for only $249.99 and will start shipping October 31.

“Ten years ago, we introduced our first Kindle with the mission of delivering any book ever written in 60 seconds or less,” said Dave Limp, Senior Vice President, Amazon Devices and Services. “With a larger 7-inch, 300 ppi display, waterproof design, and Audible built right in, the all-new Kindle Oasis is our most advanced Kindle ever. Its thin, light, and waterproof design allows readers to stay engaged in the author’s world in even more places than ever before.”

Designed for comfort and personalization
With a larger 7-inch, 300 ppi display, the all-new Kindle Oasis fits over 30 percent more words per page, resulting in fewer page turns. Plus, it has the fastest page turns of any Kindle e-reader. The crisp, laser-quality text reads like paper with uniform display lighting and no glare, even in bright sunlight. The ergonomic design shifts the center of gravity to your palm so the device rests in your hand like the spine of a book, no matter which hand you chose to read with. You can easily turn pages with dedicated page turn buttons and the display will automatically rotate the page orientation, even when you switch hands.

The device’s unique shape tapers to an ultrathin 3.4 mm display featuring our strongest cover glass and a new aluminum back. The all-new Kindle Oasis is thin, light and durable—in fact, even with a larger display, the all-new Kindle Oasis weighs only 194 grams, 10 grams less than the best-selling Kindle Paperwhite.

The first waterproof Kindle

No more soggy pages with the all-new Kindle Oasis—it’s IPX8 rated to protect against immersion in up to two meters of fresh water for up to 60 minutes. Plus, it’s designed to withstand getting splashed at the beach or dropped in the bath tub, hot tub, or pool.

Take the story with you with Audible

You can now listen to the world’s largest library of audiobooks on your all-new Kindle Oasis with Audible—choose from over 375,000 professionally performed audio programs, including audiobooks, original audio productions, and exclusive content. With Audible built in, you never have to put your story down and can switch easily between reading and listening without changing devices. Connect the all-new Kindle Oasis with a Bluetooth-enabled device, like speakers and headphones, and it’s ready. You can also access the Audible store directly from the all-new Kindle Oasis to find your next great listen, including Grammy award-winning performances and A-list celebrities narrating popular titles.

Audible will be available on the all-new Kindle Oasis via a free over-the-air update when the device ships—and it will be available via a free over-the-air update to Kindle (Gen 8) and the first Kindle Oasis in the coming months. If you’re new to Audible, sign up for a free trial and get two free audiobooks.

Larger storage capacity for more great content

The all-new Kindle Oasis comes with two storage options—8 GB, which has twice the storage as the first Kindle Oasis, and can hold thousands of titles; and 32 GB, allowing you to store even more rich content with large file sizes, like Audible audiobooks, comics, newspapers, magazines, and more.

Personalized comfortread your book your way

There are more ways to personalize your reading settings on Kindle Oasis than ever before so you can enjoy your book the way you prefer:

  • New Font Size and Bold Settings: Now choose from more font sizes than ever before—and five levels of boldness—for whichever font you choose to read with. Combined with the new, 7-inch Paperwhite display, you can personalize your books so it’s perfectly comfortable for your eyes.
  • New Accessibility Options: In addition to the OpenDyslexic font, we’ve added a feature to invert black and white on the display if you have light sensitivity. The new enlarged display option also lets you increase the size of items like the text on the home screen and library as well as the book icons to make the all-new Kindle Oasis easier to read.
  • Light Settings: Built-in ambient light sensors automatically adjust the display to your surroundings whether you’re in a dimly-lit room or outside in the sun—and can be fine-tuned even further based on personal preferences.
  • Ragged Right Alignment: You can now read using left-aligned (ragged right) text.

Starting today, the new size and bold settings as well as ragged right alignment will be delivered as a free, over-the-air update to Kindle Paperwhite (Gen 6 released in 2013), plus all newer Kindle devices.

Thousands of books to choose from for Prime members

Prime Reading is available to all Prime members at no additional cost and offers unlimited access to a rotating selection of more than a thousand books, Audible narrations, magazines, comics, Kindle Singles, and more. With fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, short works, and magazines right off of the newsstand, you’ll always find something interesting to dive into, including Lonely Planet Travel Guides, Interpreter of Maladies, Animal Farm, and 1984, which are available right now as part of your Prime membership.

All the features readers love about Kindle

By design, Kindle e-readers are purpose-built for reading so you can lose yourself in a book. Unlike tablets and phones, a Kindle has no glare–even in bright sunlight—and won’t distract you with social media, emails, text messages, notifications, and more. The all-new Kindle Oasis includes all of the features that have made the Kindle family the best devices for reading, enhancing the experience beyond a print book:

  • Whispersync and Whispersync for Voice—Saves and synchronizes your last page read, bookmarks, and annotations from your Kindle eBook and Audible audiobook across all of your Kindle devices and apps, so you can always pick up where you left off on any device, whether you’re reading or listening. You can even switch between reading and listening on the same device and Whispersync will keep you in the right place in the story.
  • Worry-free archive—Automatically backs up your Kindle books in the cloud so you never need to worry about losing your books—re-download your books wirelessly anytime for free.
  • Goodreads—Kindle is integrated with the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations, with over 50 million members, 1.3 billion books added, and 47 million book reviews.
  • X-Ray—Explore the “Bones of the Book”—see all of the passages across a book that mention relevant ideas, fictional characters, historical figures, places, or topics of interest.
  • Word Wise—Available on many popular English language titles, Word Wise makes it easier to enjoy and quickly understand more challenging books. Short and simple definitions automatically appear above difficult words, so you can keep reading with fewer interruptions.
  • Family Library—With Kindle and Kindle reading apps, you can access not only your own books, but also books from the Amazon account of a spouse or partner.
  • Time to Read—Tells you how much time it will take to finish a chapter or a book based on your personalized reading speed.
  • Vocabulary Builder—Compiles words you look up in the dictionary into an easy-to-access list. Use these lists to quiz yourself with flashcards and instantly see words in context.
  • Share your favorite passages—Share book recommendations, highlighted sections, and meaningful quotes with friends via Facebook and Twitter.
  • Smart Lookup—Integrates a full dictionary definition with other reference information via X-Ray and Wikipedia.
  • Kindle FreeTime—Gives parents a simple, engaging way to encourage kids to spend more time reading. Hand-select books for your kids to read, and achievement badges are earned when they hit reading milestones.

World’s Best eBook Store

Kindle e-readers come with instant access to the Kindle Store, which includes:

  • World’s best selection—Millions of books, newspapers and magazines, including the latest best sellers, Kindle Singles, and programs like Prime Reading and Kindle Unlimited, both which continue to grow.
  • Kindle Unlimited—Our premium reading subscription and a great choice for readers who want even more. Kindle Unlimited offers over one million books, audiobooks, magazines, comics, kids’ books and more—all for $9.99 after a 30-day free trial.
  • Kindle exclusives—Over 1,000,000 books are exclusive to the Kindle Store.
  • Kindle First—Access new Kindle books a month in advance of their official release date. Customers can choose one of the featured books each month for $1.99, and Prime members can make their selection for free—yet another benefit of Prime membership.

Pricing and Availability

The all-new Kindle Oasis is $249.99 for the 8 GB model and $279.99 for the 32 GB model—the 32 GB with free cellular connectivity is $349.99. All are available today for pre-order globally. Customers can also purchase a cover with a thin design that snaps perfectly onto the all-new Kindle Oasis and transforms into a stand for hands-free reading. The cover opens like a book, automatically waking the device when opened and putting it to sleep when closed. Choose from two materials in a variety of colors: water-safe fabric covers, all $44.99, come in Indigo, Sandstone, or Charcoal; and premium leather covers, all $59.99, come in Midnight, Saddle Tan, or Merlot. The covers fold into a stand to easily enable hands-free reading. Customers can learn more at www.amazon.com/kindleoasis.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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TKC 480 All-New Kindle Oasis

Photo by Michelle Taylerson

Arthur van Rest, left, GM Kindle Device & Accessories at Amazon, and Hany Ghali, Senior Product Manager, Kindle at Amazon Lab126

Interviews

Arthur van Rest and Hany Ghali at product demo October 5, 2017 in New York City: Starts at 7:22 and ends at 9:48

Hany Ghali phone/skype interview from Sunnyvale, California, on October 10, 2017: Starts at 20:26 and ends at 41:06

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TKC 479 Stephen Ingraham

Author of Point and Shoot Nature Photography

Interview starts at 10:55 and ends at 40:30

“Each of us sees the beauty around us and the meaning and the pathos and the feeling that happens around us. And the more we share it one person to another, the more we realize we’re really all the same. We really share an experience of life on the earth that is not just mine or yours but that belongs to us all.”

News

“Europe has ordered Amazon to pay nearly $300 million in back taxes” by Jason Del Rey and Tony Romm at recode – October 4, 2017

“Amazon is Testing Its Own Delivery Service to Rival FedEx and UPS” by Spencer Soper at Bloomberg – October 5, 2017

The Everything Store by Brad Stone

Big savings on Kindles

Tech Tip

“Echo devices can now call US, Canada, and Mexico numbers for free–No extra hardware necessary” at AFTnews – September 30, 2017

Interview with Stephen Ingraham

Point and Shoot Nature Photography by Stephen Ingraham

Pic for Today by Stephen Ingraham

Point and Shoot Nature Photographer blog

Zeiss

Kindle and Print publish options at Kindle Direct Publishing

Stephen Ingraham on Google Plus, Instagram, and Twitter

Content

“Why Jeff Bezos was ecstatic over today’s Nobel Prize announcement” by Tom Teodorczuk at MarketWatch – October 5, 2017

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

“Amazon support forums to shut down. Big mistake! Write Jeff.”law by David Rothman

Dedication

This episode of the show is dedicated to my uncle, Bert Tighe, who passed away on October 5, 2017, at the age of 92.

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TKC 478 Sara Nelson

VP & Executive Editor at the Harper Division of HarperCollins

Interview starts at 21:54 and ends at 44:14

“I think publishers have some ideas about how Amazon feels about books, and I think Amazon has ideas about how little publishers know about the business of books. And I think that they’re both wrong.”

News

“Introducing the Next Generation of Echo” – Amazon press release September 27, 2017

All-new Echo – $100

Echo Plus – $150

Echo Spot – $130

Echo Connect – $35

All-new Fire TV – $70

Echo Buttons (click at Alexa Gadgets page to be notified)

Interview with Sara Nelson

“Sara Nelson Heading to HarperCollins” at Publishers Weekly – June 28, 2017

Sara Nelson on TKC 419 – August 12, 2016

Omnivoracious, The Amazon Book Review

Mockingbird Songs: My Friendship with Harper Lee by Wayne Flynt

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

“Making the List” by Sara Nelson at Publishers Weekly – December 22, 2008 (Includes rave mention of A Reliable Wife)

The Magnificent Esme Wells: A Novel by Adrienne Sharp – Available for pre-order with delivery on April 10, 2018

Review by Sara Nelson of The True Memoirs of Little K at Oprah.com (date unknown)

HarperCollins 200th anniversary

Next Week’s Guest

Stephen Ingram, author of Point and Shoot Nature Photography

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TKC 477 Jillian Vorce

CEO of The Jillian Group

Interview starts at 12:16 and ends at 35:00

“When you build relationships for the sake of relationships, amazing things can happen. Your soil becomes so rich that what can grow and harvest is well beyond what you ever could have planted if you had known.”

News

Amazon press release announcing all-new Fire HD 10 – September 19, 2017

“Amazon is working on smart glasses to house Alexa AI, says FT” by Natasha Lomas at TechCrunch – September 20, 2017

“Why Alexa is on track to lose the Smart Home Assistant War” by Phil Hawthorne – September 16, 2017

“Amazon has 76% smart home speaker U.S. market share as Echo unit sales reach 15M, new study finds” by Taylor Soper at GeekWire – September 18, 2017

“Amazon Isn’t Just Spending Big Bucks on Groceries” by Justin Fox at Bloomberg – June 16, 2017

Tech Tip

“You can now search your library’s e-book collection straight from Google” by Sasha Lekach at Mashable – September 19, 2017

Interview with Jillian Vorce

The Jillian Group

20/20 Mind Sight: Refocus, Reignite & Reinvent Your Life from the Inside Out by Jillian Vorce and Phil Fragasso

Marketing for Rainmakers: 52 Rules of Engagement to Attract and Retain Customers for Life by Phil Fragasso

Other books by Phil Fragasso

Oprah Winfrey interviews Robert Kiyosaki (YouTube)

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money – That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! By Robert Kiyosaki

The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley

Hitch the movie

“The Lens of Creativity” presentation by Jillian Vorce at TEDxWaldenPond (video) – November 13, 2012

“Natick Rotary Club gathers to induct new members” by Peter Golden at WickedLocal – July 5, 2012

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

Content

PBS Video app for Fire tablets

The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick

Outro

“A Week on the Wrist: The Apple Watch Series 3 Edition” by Benjamin Clymer at Hodinkee – September 20, 2017

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TKC 476 Jennifer Cast

Vice President, Amazon Books stores

Interview starts at 10:48 and ends at 42:54

“We would like people who want physical books to walk out with a book, but if you walk out of our store, and you found three things to put on your wish list and two books that you want to buy for your Kindle, then we’re very, very happy.”

Intro

Agents of Change conference in Portland, Maine September 15, 2017 hosted by Rich Brooks, founder of Flyte New Media

News

“Dear Amazon, We Picked Your New Headquarters for You” by Emily Badger, Quoctrung Bui and Claire Cain Miller at The New York Times – September 9, 2017

“Amazon Weighs Boston in Search for Second Headquarters” by Spencer Soper at Bloomberg – September 12, 2017

“Amazon Music Focusing on Alexa, Echo to Stand Out Amid Streaming Competition” by Andrew Wallenstein at Variety – September 7, 2017

“Amazon’s ‘1-Click’ patent expires today…” by Monica Nickelsburg at GeekWire – September 11, 2017

“Amazon’s 1-Click Patent is About to Expire. What’s the Big Deal?” By Julia Dewitt at NPR – September 6, 2017

Tech Tip

Setting up an Echo Show remotely for my sister

Interview with Jennifer Cast

“Amazon’s new Belleview bookstore shows brick-and-mortar ramp-up” by Ángel Gonzáles

Amazon Books stores

Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel by Mark Sullivan

Outro

Apple Keynote including demo of Apple Watch Series 3 (at 32:20)

Next Week’s Guest

Jillian Vorce, author of 20/20 Mind Sight: Refocus, Reignite & Reinvent Your Life from the Inside Out

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TKC 475 John Morgan

Executive Editor at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Interview starts at 13:18 and ends at 42:00

“Books these days as they are produced are pretty nice little objects. And then there are so many different ways that e-readers can work. You can read a book on your phone–a ton of people read books on their phones. They read them on the web, they read them on an eReader of choice–they can read E Ink, they can read on something like a tablet with the iPad. None of that process seems messed up to me. There’s a lot of consumer choice, and there are a lot of different ways to read the same book.”

News

Amazon seeks proposals for its second headquarters – September 7, 2017

“Amazon Wants A Second HQ–and Walsh Says Boston Will be ‘Laser Focused’ On Bidding” by Zeninjor Enwemeka at WBUR – September 7, 2017

“Few Cities Could Accommodate Amazon’s New Headquarters” by Conor Sen at Bloomberg – September 7, 2017

“Amazon’s second headquarters: These cities are contenders” by Irina Ivanova at CBS Moneywatch – September 7, 2017

Amazon Prime Instant Pickup

“Amazon removes the Fire TV box from the ‘Fire TV Family’” at AFTVnews – September 7, 2017

Tech Tip

“Amazon Customers: Beware This Scam” by Joseph Steinberg at Inc. – September 5, 2017

Interview with John Morgan

Imprint, the Children’s Publishing Group at Macmillan

Mr. Robot: Red Wheelbarrow

“Snowfall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek” by John Branch at The New York Times – 2012

The Witcher 3 – Wild Hunt (Playstation 4) based on The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski

Tom Clancy’s The Division: New York Collapse (paperback only)

Tom Clancy’s The Division (videogame)

Melcher Media

The Future of Storytelling

Tilt Brush by Google

Kesler Woodward’s Painting in the North website

“Book Deal: The Wild Lands” at Paul Greci’s blog – July 14, 2017

Surviving Bear Island by Paul Greci

House of Stairs and Interstellar Pig and by John Sleator (paper only)

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Content

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Illustrated [Kindle in Motion]

Comments

Next Week’s Guest

Jennifer Cast, Vice President of Amazon Books, the brick-and-mortar stores unit of Amazon

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TKC 474 Nancy Pearl

Author of George & Lizzie

Interview starts at 14:30 and ends at 44:06

“Because of their childhoods I think they approach the world in such different ways–George the pathological optimist and Lizzie the person who knows the glass is totally empty and that you’re just imagining any water. I don’t know what keeps any two people together in a marriage, and I’ve been married 51 years!”

News

“‘Cortana, Open Alexa,’ Amazon Says. And Microsoft Agrees.” by Nick Wingfield at The New York Times – August 30, 2017

Amazon press release – August 30, 2017

Amazon announces Alexa Prize Finalists

“Alexa, Play My Music Everywhere” – Amazon release August 29, 2017

Interview with Nancy Pearl

George & Lizzie: A Novel by Nancy Pearl (available for pre-order with release on September 5, 2017)

Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason (2003) by Nancy Pearl

“‘I Want the Pages to Turn’: Librarian Nancy Pearl’s Summer Reading List” at National Public Radio’s Morning Edition – June 29, 2017

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Birds of America: Stories by Lorrie Moore

Standard Deviation: A Novel by Katherine Heiny

Books by Laurie Colwin and Anne Tyler

Searching for Caleb by Anne Tyler

Heart, You Bully, You Punk by Leah Hager Cohen (not available in eBook)

Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust Rediscoveries series

The Cowboy and the Cossack by Clair Huffaker

Books by Georgette Heyer

Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart by Scott Anderson

Next Week’s Guest

John Morgan, Executive Editor at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and editor for the forthcoming Young Adult novel The Wild Lands by Paul Greci

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TKC 473 Total Eclipse in Casper, Wyoming

My friend Jack and I watch the eclipse in his backyard

 

Links

Wyoming Eclipse Festival

Vertical Horizons, co-founded by Howard Wishnow

Celestron EclipSmart binoculars

NASA’s Eclipse web site

My 360 video of the eclipse – Part 1 and Part 2

Next Week’s Guest

Nancy Pearl, author of George & Lizzie, her debut novel scheduled for release on September 5, 2017

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TKC 472 David Steinberger

Co-founder and CEO of ComiXology

Interview starts at 9:40 and ends at 38:47

“When we made the business plan 10 years ago–it’s hard to remember this, but iPhones didn’t exist. None of us had any idea we were going to be heading into this world of carrying big pieces of glass around in our pockets or in our bags that would be so amazing for image-based reading.”

News

“L.L. Bean Beats Amazon.com, Once Again, For Best Customer Service” by Pam Goodfellow at Forbes – August 3, 2017

“Amazon Echo multiroom audio not far off, report says” by Megan Wollerton at CNET – August 8, 2017

“Need Something Extra Fast? Amazon Instant Pickup Launches This Week” – Amazon press release August 15, 2017

“Amazon’s Instant Pickup Service Shows Clearly Who Jeff Bezos is Targeting Next” by Eric Jhonsa at TheStreet – August 15, 2017

“Kindle Oasis in Short Supply, New Model Coming Soon?” at The eBook Reader – August 10, 2017

Tech Tip

Fire HD 8 – $80 at Amazon.com

Interview with David Steinberger

ComiXology

Guided View Native comics

Box 13: The Collected Graphic Novel

ComiXology Submit

Xkcd

John Lewis’s March series

The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story

ComiXology Unlimited

Star Trek on ComiXology

Content

Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal – August 17, 2017 episode includes James Patterson speaking about Amazon and his new book, The Store

The Store at Goodreads

“National security advisor attempts to reconcile Trump’s competing impulses on Afghanistan” by Greg Jaffe and Philip Rucker at The Washington Post – August 4, 2017

Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam by H. R. McMaster

Next Week’s Show

Next week’s show will originate mainly in Casper, Wyoming, where I will travel to see the total eclipse of the sun on August 21st.

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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