TKC 347 Tom Semple

Tom Semple

Software Quality Engineer in Santa Clara, California 

Interview starts at 13:06 and ends at 39:32

So if you have Evernote installed on your Fire, then it will be one of the options. You can put it directly into your notebook. It’s not quite as slick as I’d like, but it’s better than copy and paste.

Intro

My “Time for a Change” story at Wattpad including Chapter 11, “What I Will Miss Most About the Fire Phone.”

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News

iPhone 6 Plus (unlocked) at Amazon.com

Unlocked Fire Phone

Scott Galloway on Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google (video) – January 20, 2105

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eReaderIQ

Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everyone is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It by Marc Goodman

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

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

clippings.io Kindle notes and highlights organizer

Marvin reading apps

Next Week’s Guest

R. U. Sirius and Jay Cornell, authors of Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity

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 346 Eric Migicovsky at SXSW

Eric Migicovsky

Founder and CEO of Pebble Technology Corp.

Interview starts at 7:54 and ends at 19:50

What we found is that as long as you’re open, and the watch is an open platform, people will hack on it, people will build. So there’s actually a Windows Phone for Pebble, there’s a Blackberry app. I’ll have to check to see if there’s an Amazon app.

 

Conversations at South by Southwest Interactive

Prof. Krystine Batcho of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY. She was a panelist at a session titled “Pros and Cons of Constant Connection (Interview starts at 1:19)

Katherine Malm (4:39), longtime Kindle Chronicles listener, who owned with her husband Peter Pan Mini Golf in Austin.

Trip Adler (19:53) Co-founder and CEO of Scribd. He was a panelist at the session titled “Seemingly Seemless Seamless. (Also mentioned: Oyster, Kindle Unlimited, Juli Monroe’s Teleread post on comics at Scribd)

Alistair Somerville (27:09), a sensory design and cognition expert at Acuity Design, a Pebble watch wearer and participant in the “How Digital Can Shape the Future of Books” panel.

Dan Franklin (33:20), digital publisher at Penguin Random House UK and co-leader of the panel mentioned above. (Also mentioned: Anna Todd, a traditionally published author who got her start on Wattpad; Claude Lévi-Strauss) 

Interview with Eric Migicovsky

Pebble watch site

Pebble’s current Kickstarter campaign

Spritz

Apple Watch

A Faster Reader app for Pebble at Google Play store

Pebble watch at Amazon.com

Outro

Our Daily Bread

Upcoming Guests

Tom Semple

R U Sirius and Jay Cornell, authors of Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity

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Disrupting Innovation – Book Publishing and New Media – Live Blog at SXSW15

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Panelists: Aaron Lammer, cofounder of longform.org; Jeff Umbro, digital marketing manager at Goldberg McDuffie Communications, Ryan Chapman, managing director of marketing and digital projects, BOMB Magazine, and Iris Blasi, Marketing director at Pegasus Books. Here we go…

 

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Serialized Fiction Panel at #SXSW15: Live Blog

IMG_20150316_093609Next up at South by Southwest, a panel about serialized fiction. There are a couple of folks from Plympton, a pioneer of the genre. And we’re off…

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SXSW Liveblog: Publishing Innovation – Next Century Reading

Up next here at South by Southwest Interactive: a two-person panel comprising Ashleigh Gardner, head of writer and publisher partnerships at Wattpad, and Jason Hovey, vice president of business development at Booktrack.

Naturally I will be interested to hear from Ashleigh Gardner, given my ongoing experiment at Wattpad. For comparison, I’ve also started a SXSW Journal at Amazon’s new entry into the community-writing space, WriteOn.

I am also familiar with Booktrack, because I interviewed co-founder Mark Cameron at Digital Bookworld for TKC 339. Here we go:

 

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Trying out Amazon’s new WriteOn at SXSW

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At the McDonalds lounge, I set up a WriteOn journal that I plan to tend here at South By. The setup was easy, and the writing area is well-designed, very similar to that of Wattpad, which I’m also trying out with an extended essay titled “Time for a Change.”

I need to leave time to talk to people and learn things, as opposed to writing about people and ideas, so my good intention to post daily to these two writing communities may not be realistic. Plus, I need to fill my Zoom recorder with clips for next week’s podcast. So far I’m lovin’ it all.

 

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TKC 345 James McQuivey

McQuivey

Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research

Interview starts at 17:05 and ends at 40:13

I think the problem with the written word is that it is so easy to generate and—no disrespect to the best writers out there—but at least poorly constructed sentences are very easy to generate. It means that this is a particular medium that will be forever in flux, because someone will always say, “Oh, I’d rather do it over here, or I’d rather host it over here or I’d rather publish it this way.”

News

“The Jeff Bezos of 1999: Nerd of the Amazon” – the late Bob Simon’s 60 Minutes profile of Jeff Bezos (video).

“Is That the Old Days in Your Pocket?” – Chapter 5 of my Wattpad title, Time for a Change

“The Key Differences Between Alibaba and Amazon in One Chart” by Hayley Peterson at Business Insider – September 19, 2014

“Amazon Retreating in China? Not Exactly…”  by Doug Young at Forbes – March 9, 2015

Alibaba

“Amazon goes head to head with Wattpad in battle for fanfic writers” by Victoria James at The Guardian – December 8, 2014

“Has Amazon picked 79 pounds out of YOUR pocket?” by Tom Rawstone at The Daily Mail – March 6, 2015

Tech Tips

Help staying on the right page with your Kindle Voyage

Interview with James McQuivey

Forrester Research

Apple Watch

Samsung watches at Amazon

$100 Pebble watch at Amazon

Pebble Watch home page

Kindle Scout

Wattpad

Scribd.

Medium

Forrester Research’s Forum for Market Leaders in New York City April 14-15, 2015 (McQuivey will be keynote speaker.)

Content

Confessions of a Muslim Girl (Wattpad) by Aaisha Sanaullah

Prayer Beads on the Train: A Collection of Stories Written on the MTA (Wattpad) by Anne Borne

Have You No Shame? And Other Regrettable Stories (WattPad) by Rachel Shukert

Time for a Change (Wattpad) by Len Edgerly

The Remains of War: Surviving the Other Concentration Camps of World War II by G. Pauline Kok-Schurgers

Comments

Eolake Stobblehouse on BlueInk Review selections. [CORRECTION: In the audio, I misstated the URL for Eolake’s blog. It’s eReaderjoy.blogspot.com ]

Next Week’s Show

Live (almost) from Austin, Texas, it’s South by Southwest Interactive!

South by Southwest: On Distraction and Sharks” – Chapter 6 of Time for a Change at Wattpad

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TKC 344 Sara Nelson

Sara Nelson, Headshot

Editorial Director, Amazon.com

Interview starts at 17:17 and ends at 38:50

Dead Wake: Well this is Erik Larson, and if Erik Larson told me somebody had tied their shoes in an interesting way, I think I would read the book.

News

“Amazon may soon launch a wireless service” (video) – Nicholas Thompson, editor of NewYorker.com, on CBS News.

“Pros and cons of e-reading” by Richard Hollick at Making Book – February 28, 2015

Rave review of Amazon Echo from Leo Laporte and Mike Elgan (video) – February 11, 2015

“Regional Grocer Wegmans Unseats Amazon to Claim Top Corporate Reputation Ranking” at Harris Poll – February 4, 2015

Tech Tip

Kindlebox

Interview with Sara Nelson, editorial director at Amazon.com

Best Books of the Month selected by Amazon’s book editors

Grove Atlantic

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Check out this terrific YouTube video featuring author Helen Macdonald.

Aquarium by David Vann

Bettyville: A Memoir by George Hodgman (March Spotlight Selection)

Hausfrau: A Novel by Jill Alexander Essbaum (March Featured Debut Selection)

The Last Flight of Poxl West: A Novel by Daniel Torday

Barefoot Dogs: Stories by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer

The Animals: A Novel by Christian Kiefer

The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot by Blaine Harden

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

Also by Erik Larson: In The Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America

Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everyone is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It by Marc Goodman

Omnivoracious blog, a.k.a The Amazon Book Review

Smash Cut: A Memoir of Howard & Art & the 70s & the 80s by Brad Gooch

Content

“Time for a Change,” my first Wattpad publication

Click here for link to Apple’s livestream of the March 9 (10 a.m. PST) press event launching the Apple Watch

Pebble watch

Next Week’s Guest

James McQuivey vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research

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 343 Juli Monroe

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Editor-in-Chief of TeleRead

Interview starts at 17:22 and ends at 39:20

If large-screen smartphones were going to replace the tablet, I would assume that I would start seeing people working on their big phones, and I still don’t see it.

News

“Cory Doctorow Rejoins EFF to Eradicate DRM Everywhere” – Electronic Frontier Foundation release – January 20, 2015

HAL 9000: “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that” (video)

Cory Doctorow interview February 28, 2014 on The Kindle Chronicles – TKC 239

“Assessing the Health of Independent Bookstores” by Stephen Heyman at The New York Times – February 25, 2015

“E-Book of Malcolm X Autobiography Expected by May” by Hillel Italie at ABC News – February 20, 2015.

Kindle Scout

“Will Amazon’s Kindle Scout democratize publishing?” by Husna Haq at The Christian Science Monitor – February 27, 2015

Parallel Relativity by Calan Hunter – available for Kindle Scout sample and nomination for publishing

“Amazon’s product-finding Firefly lands on Fire HD tablets” by Kif Leswing at Gigaom – February 25, 2015

Pebble watch website

Pebble Smartwatch for iPhone and Android at Amazon.com – $99.99

Kickstarter for Pebble Time smart watch

“A Pebble in Apple’s Shoe” by Steven Levy at Medium – February 24, 2015

Tech Tip

“Kindlebox lets you send eBooks direct to your Kindle with Dropbox” by Amanda Connolly at The Next Web – February 20, 2015

Kindlebox

Interview with Juli Monroe

TeleRead

1 to 1 Discovery website

“How to stream Amazon Instant Videos on a Nexus 7 or other Android Tablet (video)” by Juli Monroe at TeleRead – July 8, 2014

Amazon Prime Instant Video app for Android

“How to upgrade the Nook HD to Kit Kat with Cyanogenmod” by Chris Meadows at TeleRead – May 31, 2014

N2A

“Comic books experience on Scribd” by Juli Monroe at TeleRead – February 18, 2015

Scribd

Angel: After the Fall and Spike, and comics by Jim Butcher at Scribd

Marvel Comics at Scribd

Comics app by ComiXology at Appstore for Android at Amazon.com

VIZ Manga

Kindle Unlimited

Oyster Books

Richie Rich Cash #014 at the Internet Archive

“Our Love Affair with the Tablet Is Over” by Zal Bilimoria at re/code – February 6, 2014

The Case of the Reincarnated Lover (The Warlock Case Files Book 3) by Juli Monroe

The Enthusiast Networker by Juli Monroe

Content

Buzz Books 2015: Spring/Summer: Exclusive Excerpts from 39 Top New Titles by Publishing Publishers Lunch – free

Next Week’s Guest

Sara Nelson, editorial director for Amazon.com books, previewing “Best Books of the Month” for March

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Amazon Celebrates Customer Satisfaction Win with a Big Fire Sale

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If you’ve been waiting, today might be a very good day to buy a Fire tablet from Amazon.

The company is saying “thank you” to customers by taking 15 percent off all Fire tablets for today (Tuesday February 24th) only. This display of corporate gratitude was triggered by an impressive performance by Amazon in the 2014 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) rankings released last week.

As overall retail customer satisfaction dropped despite improvement for online shopping generally, Amazon stayed on top for all brands with a score of 86. This represented a decline of two percent for Amazon compared with the previous year, but it still put Team Bezos at Number One, easily outdistancing Newegg (-2% to 81) and Netflix (+3% to 81).

I came across a 1999 interview of Jeff Bezos by the late Bob Simon yesterday, and sure enough, Amazon’s founder was singlemindedly touting his company’s fixation on customer satisfaction. It’s not just talk with Bezos. It’s been the walk right from the beginning, and it continues to set Amazon apart from other retailers across industries.

So here they are, one-day great prices on the Fire tablets. If you click on any of these links to purchase one, you will of course be supporting the podcast with Amazon Associates commissions. Thank you and enjoy!

Fire HD6 – $84, usually priced at $99.

Fire HD7 – $118, usually priced at $139.

Fire HDX 8.9 – $322, usually priced at $379.

Fire HD Kids Edition – $126, usually priced at $149.

 

 

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