TKC 308 My Grandson James

James reading

An 8-year-old Kindle reader

Interview starts at 15:56

You can take a photo and put it on the Kindle of yourself. You would never get to do that to a book, probably!

Show Notes and Links:

News

Full video of Jeff Bezos’s Fire Phone presentation on June 18 in Seattle

“FAA grounds Amazon’s drone delivery plans” by David Kravets in ars technics – June 24, 2014

“Amazon: just another greedy retailer” by Charles Arthur in The Guardian – June 21, 2014

“The Bus Pants Utilization” - Episode 12, Season 4 of The Big Bang Theory

Tech Tips

“Up the Creek with  Kindle: Test of WaterFi’s waterproof Paperwhite” - my YouTube video June 16, 2013

Waterproofed Kindle Paperwhite from Waterfi – $239 without special offers

20 heavy-duty Kindle covers and sleeves” by Piotr Kowalcyzk at Ebook Friendly – June 26, 2014

Snippefy for iPad Version 2.0 update

Interviews with James and Sarah

Click here to order a Kindle cover customized with a photo

The Boxcar Children Mysteries by Gertrude Chandler Warner – various prices for Kindle

The Horrid Henry Books series by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross – various prices for Kindle

Horrid Henry’s Underpants by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross – $3.82 on Kindle

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award

Content

Best Books of the Year So Far - chosen by Amazon’s book editors

The Set-Up: A Jeremiah Funk Mystery by Gordon Swartzfager – 99 cents on Kindle

Oyster Books

Oyster Books Kindle Fire app

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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Demo of Reading a Book on Amazon’s Fire Phone

Brett McNeill recorded this video showing the amazing way you can control the flow of text in a book using Amazon’s new Fire Phone. It’s pretty spectacular and makes this device a reader’s delight.

I’m packing up here in Seattle, headed to Denver after a very full dose of Amazon World. I keep thinking of the words painted on the wall of the Phoenix fulfillment center, as shown in a recent excellent Wired article:

work hard. have fun. make history.

Pretty good prescription for making a difference.

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TKC 307 Fire Phone Launch

Dave Limp

Dave Limp, Senior Vice President – Amazon Devices

Interview starts at 27:17

A good example of a use case on reading, whether it’s the autoscroll in a web page or autoscroll in a book, is on a train. Lots of people in this world commute, and they read with one hand while they’re coming into the office. With traditional sensors, a phone does not know the difference between the movement of the train and the movement of your hand. You hit a bump, it’s going to think your hand moved. But what we can do is we can track the phone relative to your head. And so all of the externalities that might happening—it might be your car moving or a train moving–we can then isolate out of that so the autoscroll can be a smooth and seamless reading experience with one hand while you’re hanging onto the rung of your subway car.

Thanks to Brett McNeill for helping out as my tech assistant at the Amazon launch of the Fire Phone!

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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Full video of Jeff Bezos and Amazon’s launch of Fire Phone

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Amazon Device Launch Liveblog

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Welcome to my liveblog of Amazon’s device launch event June 18, 2014, in Seattle. If you do not see the updates when you arrive here, click once on the title of this post, immediately above the Amazon.com logo. You will then see my contemporaneous updates as I write them. Please feel free to share this link with others. I hope you enjoy the show!

-Len Edgerly

 

 

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TKC 306 Russ Grandinetti

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Senior Vice President – Amazon Kindle

Interview starts at 18:20

We have made an experience that has helped people feel actually like they’re getting real value to pay seven, eight, nine,  ten bucks for text in the form of bits. And we think that’s actually a tremendous accomplishment. We’re proud that Kindle’s played a role in making that possible. People feel great about the value they get and for booksellers and publishers and authors there’s a real long-term business model and a real long-term ability to earn a living at their craft.

Show Notes and Links:

News

Read and Listen at the Same Time in Kindle for Android

Kindle for iPad software update

Kindle for iPhone and iPod Touch update

Kindle for Android software update

Amazon press release on Mayday statistics – June 13, 2014

“Why did Jeff Bezos send me his favorite childhood book?” by Alice Truong at Fast Company – June 13, 2014

“A Writer’s Defense of Amazon” by Frank Schaeffer at Huffington Post – June 10, 2014

Why I am an Atheist Who Believes in God: How to give love, create beauty and find peace  – $2.99 for Kindle

“Neil Gaiman: ‘I’m obviously pissed at Amazon’” by Daniel D’Addario at Salon – June 11, 2014

Tech Tip

Amazon Prime Music

Interview with Russ Grandinetti

Covenant House

Remembering Denny by Calvin Trillin – not available on Kindle (example of new placement of “Tell the Publisher! I’d like to read this book on Kindle” button

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 305 Stephen Windwalker

Photo by Betty Scharf

Photo by Betty Scharf

Creator of Kindle Nation Daily and BookGorilla

Interview starts at 15:56

Amazon has built this colossus in the retail industry by having the best pricing and the best availability ever imagined. And now what Amazon has done is basically to say that it’s not going to use its powerful marketing tools of price and availability to benefit Hachette’s print books. Why wouldn’t Amazon have the right to make that decision? They’ve never said they’re not going to carry Hachette’s print books, but it’s up to them whether they want to hold inventory or they just want to fulfill order by order. And it’s up to them whether they want to take preorders or just start shipping the book when it arrives. I think it’s quite an interesting notion to think that they owe anything to Hachette in terms of using their own price and availability infrastructure to benefit Hachette if Hachette isn’t going to agree to a contract with them.

Show Notes and Links:

News

Request an invitation to Amazon’s launch event June 18th in Seattle

Video of customer reactions to new Amazon device at YouTube – June 4, 2014

“The Most interesting thing about Amazon’s 3D phone might be how you pay for it” by Dan Frommer at Quartz – June 5, 2014

Announcement: Hachette/Amazon Business Interruption at Amazon forum – May 27, 2014

Tech Tip

A way to streamline the fetching of notes and highlights at your kindle.amazon.com page

Interview with Stephen Windwalker

Kindle Nation Daily

BookGorilla

BookGorilla app for Kindle Fire and Android tablets

Author Earnings reports by Hugh Howey

Content

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars movie trailer

Next Week’s Guest

Russ Grandinetti,  Amazon’s vice president – Kindle content

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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An Unusual Launch Event Set on June 18 for New Amazon Device

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Amazon loves to innovate, even when it comes to media events for new products. They’ve done traditional briefing extravaganzas in New York City and Santa Monica, along with low-key announcements on the Amazon.com web page. Now comes a Peoples’ Press Party, it seems, open to all comers while seats last. If you click here you will be asked if you are a) an Amazon customer b) a developer or c) a journalist. Customers and developers are invited to submit an optional 30-second video explaining why they want to attend. If you are a journalist, you simply state your publication and web site.

This is going to make for an unusual launch for what everyone expects to be a new Amazon smartphone with wild new camera configuration that produces a 3-D effect. The video teases the new product by showing people admiring it, but you can’t see what they’re admiring. Boy Genius Reports has had the most specific leaked information about the device, widely quoted and linked to by others.

“That is awesome,” the first woman in the video says. “It moved with me,” another says. “I have never seen anything like this,” a guy says. Nice teaser. The graphic at the Amazon.com landing page shows what looks like a black smartphone case with the Amazon logo.

I submitted my request in the Journalist category and will be keeping my fingers crossed. Stay tuned!

 

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TKC 304 Ed Park

Ed ParkSenior Editor for Literary Fiction at Amazon Publishing

Interview starts at 10:22

 One of the things when I was teaching is I would have these students who had a lot of promise, and I would encourage them. I would try to find magazine editors or agents for them on occasion. But what if I could actually be the person to publish them myself?

Show Notes and Links:

Intro

Denver Chalk Art Festival on Larimer Square

News

 “Publishers Weekly to Integrate Self-Published Reviews in Book Reviews Section” by Dianna Dilworth at Media Bistro – May 29, 2014

“How the Amazon-Hachette Fight Could Shape the Future of Ideas” by Jeremy Greenfield at The Atlantic – May 28, 2014

Commentary on the Jeremy Greenfield article by David P. Vandagriff at The Passive Voice – May 29, 2014

Tech Tip

Snippefy iPhone app for retrieving Kindle highlights and notes

Interview with Ed Park

Personal Days: A Novel by Ed Park – $9.99 on Kindle

The Believer Magazine

“The Wizard of Whimsy” by Saki Knafo in The New York Times – November 25, 2007

The New-York Ghost

Little A, Amazon Publishing’s literary fiction imprint

Chase Us – Stories by Sean Ennis – $5.99 on Kindle

The Amateur (Kindle Single) by David Goron – $1.99 on Kindle

Expo 58: A Novel by Jonathan Coe – available for $5.99 pre-order on Kindle, to be delivered on September 2, 2014

Godforsaken Idaho – Stories by Shawn Vestal – $5.99 on Kindle

Thomas & Mercer, Amazon Publishing’s mystery and thrillers imprint

Montlake Romance imprint

47North science fiction imprint

The House of Rumor: A Novel by Jake Arnott – $5.99 on Kindle

Care of Wooden Floors by Will Wiles – $5.99 on Kindle

Adé: A Love Story by Rebecca Walker – $2.00 on Kindle

Content

Too Good to Be True: A Memoir by Benjamin Anastas – $5.99 on Kindle

Benjamin Anastas’s Author Page at Amazon.com (Author Video at lower right)

Books on the Nightstand podcast #282: Beach Blanket Book Bingo

Click here to generate your personal summer reading BINGO card

Summer Reading BINGO thread at Goodreads

Joyland (Hard Case Crime) by Stephen King – $6.46 on Kindle

ComiXology20 Days 20 Free Books

“Amazon Adds Digital Comic Books to Its Content Super Team” by Brad Stone at Bloomberg – April 11, 2014

Werewolves of Montpelier by Jason

Outro

Welcome to Books on the Nightstand listeners checking out my podcast for the first time, including Antonia Clark, author of the poem “Opera Nights.”

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 303 Ann Kingman & Michael Kindness

Photo by Katie Loss

Hosts of the Books on the Nightstand Podcast

Interview starts at 16:12 (Photo by Katie Loss)

[Ann Kingman]: We are very vehemently anti-book snobbery. We don’t care what people read. We try not to look down on anybody for any reading choices they make. We think there is a book for every reader out there. And because we do work in the industry, we do have some knowledge of that. So even books that are not necessarily my favorite books, I might know that you would love it, that it would be the perfect book for you.

Show Notes and Links:

News

Booktopia

Boulder Book Store

A Burnable Book: A Novel by Bruce Holsinger – $11.04 on Kindle

Books on the Nightstand #281 from Booktopia Vermont – May 20, 2014

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller – $7.99 on Kindle

[CORRECTION: In the audio at 7:00, I incorrectly state Peter Heller's first name as Michael.]

The Painter by Peter Heller – $10.99 on Kindle

A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam – $9.99 on Kindle

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“Inevitable consequences follow from the new hierarchy of power among publishers” by Mike Shatzkin – May 21, 2014

“Amazon-Hachette Dispute Heats Up” by Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg at The Wall Street Journal – May 23, 2014 (If you can’t see entire article behind paywall, try Googling the article title.)

Tech Tip

Don Quijote (Spanish Edition) - free at Kindle Store

Merriam-Webster’s Spanish-English Translation Dictionary, Kindle Edition – $6.36 on Kindle

Interview with Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman

Books on the Nightstand podcast

Burn Out by Kristi Helvig – $9.99 on Kindle

The Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit – $9.00 on Kindle

Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center by Ray Monk – $12.79 on Kindle

The People in the Trees: A Novel by Hanya Yanagihara – $9.99 on Kindle

The Morning News Tournament of Books

The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir – $9.99 on Kindle

Content

The Target (Will Robie) by David Baldacci – $8.99 on Kindle

The Goldfinch: A Novel  by Donna Tartt – $7.50 on Kindle

Unlucky 13 (Women’s Murder Club) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro – $8.99 on Kindle

Click here to see the 12,529 Hachette books still available for sale at the Kindle Store

Comment

Self-Care for the Self-Aware: A Guide for Highly Sensitive People, Empaths, Intuitives and Healers by Dave Markowitz

Next Week’s Guest:

Ed Park, senior editor of Amazon Publishing’s literary imprint, Little A

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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