Amazon Introduces Prime Reading, a New Benefit for Prime Members

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

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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

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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

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

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TKC 425 James McQuivey

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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

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TKC 424 John Biglow

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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

Kindle Paperwhite handmade in India at Snapdeal, Flipkart and Shopclues

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

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TKC 423 Nicholson Baker

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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

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TKC 422 Chris Schluep

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Senior Editor, ‪Amazon.com Books 

Interview starts ‪at 17:14 and ends at 44:11

I’ve heard it said that summer’s a great time for summer reading, but it’s also a great time to sit down with that one nonfiction book that you want to take the time to read. Maybe it’s transitioning a little bit, but fall is definitely the big time to sell books. That’s when everybody gears up and starts scheduling their huge books.

News

“Now Arriving on the New York Subway: Free E-Books, Timed for Your Commute” by James Barron at The New York Times – August 28, 2016

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

“No, the Internet Has Not Killed the Printed Book. Most People Still Prefer Them.” by Daniel Victor at The New York Times – September 2, 2016

“Pew: Print Books Still More Popular Than EBooks and Audiobooks” by Daniel Berkowitz at Digital Book World – September 1, 2016

“Visiting Wroclaw Amazon. Warehouse, work and work culture” by Robert Drozd – September 1, 2016

Kobo Aura One

“New Omate Rise smartwatch comes with Amazon Alexa” by Edgar Cervantes at Android Authority – September 1, 2016

Omate Rise Smartwatch with Alexa at Indiegogo

Tech Tip

Moko Case for Kindle Oasis – $12.99

WizFun Case for Kindle Oasis – $9.99

Interview with Chris Schluep

Amazon Author Pages for Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, and China Miéville

The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster by Bobby Henderson

Flying Spaghetti Monster Car Emblem

Seconds: A Graphic Novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Everything I Never Told You: A Novel by Celeste Ng

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen – available for pre-order with delivery ‪September 27, 2016

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer – available for pre-order with delivery ‪November 8, 2016

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks – available for pre-order with delivery ‪October 4, 2016

A Torch Against the Night and An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Here I Am: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer – available for pre-order with delivery ‪September 6, 2016

Moonglow: A Novel by Michael Chabon – available for pre-order with delivery ‪November 22, 2016

The Whistler by John Grisham – available for pre-order with delivery ‪October 25, 2016

Bloom County Episode XI: A New Hope by Berkeley Breathed – available for pre-order with delivery ‪September 13, 2016

Razor Girl: A Novel by Carl Hiaasen – available for pre-order with delivery ‪September 6, 2016

Crooked Kingdom: A Sequel to Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – available for pre-order with delivery ‪September 27, 2016

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

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

Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult – available for pre-order with delivery ‪October 11, 2016

Omnivoracious, The Amazon Book Review

Next Week’s Guest

Nicholson Baker, author of Substitute: Going to School With a Thousand Kids

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TKC 421 Chad Post on Translations

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Publisher of Open Letter Books 

Interview starts at 15:15 and ends at 43:30

Amazon[Crossing] is filling in some of these gaps, because we haven’t for a long time seen the normal mystery book that someone picks up in Spain and reads when they go on their vacation. That’s never been translated into English, because it didn’t seem like it would make a ton of money for one of the big presses, and the small presses are looking for something that’s more patently literary. Amazon’s taken up a lot of those kind of books, which is really fascinating and fills in a wide range of what the aesthetic is in these different countries.

 

News

“Amazon plans to open a Chicago bookstore in Lakeview” by Lauren Zumbach at The Chicago Tribune – August 25, 2016

Kindle Reading Fund

Worldreader.org

Amazon Worldreader video at YouTube – August 24, 2016

“Denver Public Library is Lending Wifi Hotspots” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – August 20, 2016

Amazon press release on Amazon Vehicles – August 25, 2016

Amazon jobs listing for Sr. Product Mgr, US Books

Interview with Chad Post

Open Letter Books, the University of Rochester’s nonprofit, literary translation press

Amazon author page for Julio Cortazar

Hopscotch: A Novel by Julio Cortazar

Dalkey Archive Press

Amazon author page for Raymond Queneau

Quail Ridge Books

Rage by Zygmunt Miloszewski

The Complete Review and The Literary Saloon run by Michael Orthofer

The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction by M. A. Orthofer

Scott Esposito’s blog, Conversational Reading

2016 Best Translated Book Awards sponsored by the Amazon Literary Partnership

AmazonCrossing books

Nowhere to Be Found by Bae Suah, translated by Sora Kim-Russell

Hugo House, a place for writers

Words Without Borders

The Lannan Foundation

New Books by Open Letter:

Gesell Dome by Guillermo Saccomanno

A Greater Music by Bae Suah (to be released October 11, 2016)

Chronicle of the Murdered House by Lucio Cardoso (to be released December 13, 2016)

Content

“How to Read 50 Books a Year, in 7 Easy Steps” by Stephen Altrogge at Zapier – August 23, 2016

Next Week’s Guest

Chris Schluep, senior editor at Amazon Books

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TKC 420 Jessica Tripler on Romance

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BookRiot contributor who writes about romance novels 

Interview starts at 10:59 and ends at 42:21

We’re sort of worshipping at the temple of love, the same way that religion can help us make sense of human experience and help us to feel there’s good in the world—there’s a structure that is bending towards the good. Romance can impart that feeling and help you feel like you’re participating in the goodness of the fabric of the world. And I think that’s a real draw.

 

News

“Mysterious ‘Project X’ points to Amazon drive-up grocery store in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood” by Nat Levy and Todd Bishop at GeekWire – August 19, 2016.

Amazon Fresh

“Reinventing the Work-Life Ratio for Tech Talent” event scheduled by Amazon in Seattle for August 25.

“Amazon experiments with tech teams consisting entirely of part-time employees, with full benefits” by Monica Nickelsburg at GeekWire – August 17, 2016

“Amazon Plans to Produce Virtual Reality Originals, Job Offer Reveals” by Janko Roettgers at Variety – August 18, 2016

Amazon Studios job listing for VR Experience Development Executive

Next-generation Gear VR headset at Samsung

Tech Tip

An item from Steve in Hawaii related to Kindle Owners Lending Library

Interview with Jessica Tripler

“Why Romance Readers Love Digital Books” by Jessica Tripler at BookRiot – August 11, 2016

Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

Romance Writers of America

A Natural History of the Romance Novel by Pamela Regis

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Novels by Molly O’Keefe

The Bechdel Test

Novels by Courtney Milan

“Romancing the Data” presentation by AuthorEarnings analyst Data Guy at Romance Writers of America – July 15, 2016

Happily Ever After: the Romance Story in Popular Culture by Catherine M. Roach

Novels by Nora Roberts

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Novels by Beverly Jenkins

Novels by Farrah Rochon

Content

Goodreads All Time Favorite Romance Novels

Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

Next Week’s Guest

Chad Post, head of the University of Rochester’s Open Letter press and a champion of literature in translation.

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TKC 419 Sara Nelson

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VP & Executive Editor, HarperCollins Publishers
 
Interview starts at 18:58 and ends at 43:28
There are a lot of very serious readers at Amazon, and honestly I think that that’s something that is not understood. They don’t all work on the editorial team vetting books for Best of the Month, but we did and I assume they still are using a lot of readers from the rest of the company who are not technically on the editorial team but who are passionate about reading and who read a lot. There were some really wonderful readers and reviewers that we cherry-picked from around the company. Book love is very much alive at Amazon.
 

News

Om Malik on This Week in Tech – August 7, 2016

Wal-Mart press release on purchase of Jet.com – August 8, 2016

Om Malik’s web site

“The best reason for reading? Book lovers live longer, scientists say” by Amy Ellis Nutt at The Washington Post – August 9, 2016

 

Tech Tip

Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

Kindle Unlimited

 

Interview with Sara Nelson

“Sara Nelson Heading to HarperCollins” by Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly – June 28, 2016

HarperCollins press release announcing Sara Nelson’s hiring – June 28, 2016

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

Commonwealth: A Novel by Ann Patchet – available for pre-order with delivery September 13, 2016

Moonglow: A Novel by Michael Chabon – available for pre-order with delivery November 22, 2016

Behold the Dreamers: A Novel by Imbolo MBUE – available for pre-order with delivery August 23, 2013

 

Content

The Phil Hendrie Show

YouTube video of Phil Hendrie recording his podcast – February 10, 2015

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

 

Next Week’s Guest

Jessica Tripler, author of “Why Romance Readers Love Digital Books” at BookRiot – August 11, 2011

 

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