Virtual Reality finalists at SXSW Accelerator – Liveblog

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The Virtual Reality category of the SXSW Accelerator has generated a big crowd on Sunday morning here at South by Southwest Interactive. Let’s see what’s possible!

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TKC 397 Andrew Albanese on Apple Refund

Andrew Albanese
Senior Writer, Publishers Weekly
 
Interview starts at 19:24 and ends at 33:23
I absolutely think it’s madness to continue to push for regulatory input into the eBook market. Look what it did for you last time. Let’s just let the lawyers go away now. We’ve all articulated what we think the problem is in the market. Publishers came together to put the agency model in place, and they perfectly articulated the reason why they believe the agency model should be in place. I think that there’s got to be business solutions at this point.
News
“Supreme Court Rejects Apple’s Appeal” by Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly – March 7, 2016
“Supreme Court Declines to Hear Apple’s Appeal in E-Book Pricing Case” by Adam Liptak and Vindu Goel at The New York Times – March 7, 2016
Hagens Berman press release on Supreme Court decision – March 8, 2016
“Apple’s $400M E-Book Payout: How Much You’ll Get and When” by Jeff John Roberts at Fortune – March 8, 2016
Department of Justice press release on Apple case – March 7, 2016
“The Cost of Returning Encryption to Amazon Fire” (video) at BloombergBusiness – March 7, 2016
“Why Jeff Bezos is finally ready to talk about taking people to space” by Christian Davenport at The Washington Post – March 8, 2016
“The Echo from Amazon Brims with Groundbreaking Promise” by Farhad Manjoo at The New York Times – March 9, 2016
“B&N is Shutting Down One of Its Top Three Digital Blunders on March 15” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – March 3, 2016
“B&N CDO Fred Argir: We Must Win the Mobile Experience” by Daniel Berkowitz at Digital Book World – March 8, 2016
 
Tech Tips
How to save an audio clip using the Audible for Windows 10 app (video and instructions)
Interview with Andrew Albanese
“Supreme Court Rejects Apple’s Appeal” by Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly – March 7, 2016
Stories by Andrew Albanese at Publishers Weekly
 
Content
“How to Format Your Book for Kindle,” a web course by Bruce Jones. (Enter the code KINDLEBONUS to get discounted price of $49 instead of original price, $149
Why We Read Fiction by Lisa Zunshine
Putting My Foot Down by Brent Underwood
Next Week’s Show
An audio collage of voices and ideas from South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, including Douglas Rushkoff, author of a new book, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity

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TKC 396 Translator K. E. Semmel

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English Translator of Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold
 
Interview starts at 20:10 and ends at 41:14
I like the fact that I can tell an editor there [at AmazonCrossing] that this book is something that you should really look for, and they listen. And in this case, from start to finish, I suggested this book, and it became a reality and now I’m sitting with it right here on my desk.
News
Amazon Tap – pre-order available at Amazon.com for $129.99, with delivery march 31, 2016
Echo Dot – Order from your Alexa or the Amazon app on your Android or iOS smartphone
“Amazon Tap puts Alexa into a portable Bluetooth speaker” (with video demo) by Lauren Goode and Dieter Bohn at The Verge – March 3, 2016
“Amazon’s Echo Dot lets you put Alexa inside any speaker” by Lauren Good and Jacob Kastrenakes at The Verge – March 3, 2016
“Amazon Introduces 2 Alexa Voice-Controlled Devices” by Farhad Manjoo at The New York Times – March 3, 2016
Full Disk Encryption explained (yeah, right) at source.android.com
Tech Tip
“The Benefits of an Amazon Giveaway for Kindle” by Chris McMullen at Digital Book World – March 2, 2016
Amazon Giveaway – How it Works
Interview with K. E. Semmel
Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold, translated into English by K. E. Semmel (Free download available with Kindle Unlimited)
“How Amazon came to dominate fiction in translation” by Allison Flood at The Guardian – December 9, 2015
The Seventh Child by Erik Valeur, translated by K. E. Semmel
“Writing While Translating” by Idra Novey at Literary Hub – February 25, 2016
Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones
An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
Content
Technically Literate, short stories published exclusively on CNET.com
“Reading Literature in the Digital Age” – a free online course via University of Basel
Next Week’s Guest
Janis Cooke Newman, Editor-at-Large, Technically Literate

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TKC 395 Author David Denby

Photo by Nina Subin

Photo by Nina Subin

 
Interview starts at 14:49 and ends at 42:07
You worry about the next generation of readers. Is literature going to survive? It seems to be surviving at the moment, but the iPhone has been around since 2007, and the way that digital culture has taken over in those nine years is staggering. Its’s much more comprehensive and thoroughgoing than anyone expected.
Intro
The music of bluegrass legend Peter Rowan
News
“Apple Thinks It Can Win This Case at the Supreme Court” by Philip Elmer-DeWitt at Fortune – November 3, 2015
“Apple’s $450 million e-books settlement gets final approval” by James Niccolai at PC World – November 22, 2015
Tech Tip
Dave Slusher podcast episode of Evil Genius Chronicles in which he loses his Kindle and shuts it down via Amazon (starts at 31:50)
Amazon Fire TV Device Software Updates
Interview with David Denby
“Do Teens Read Seriously Anymore?” by David Denby at The New Yorker – February 23, 2016
“A Champion of the Humanities: David Denby” by Wendy Smith at Publishers Weekly – January 29, 2016
David Denby on NPR’s “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook – February 11, 2016
Great Books by David Denby
Freddy the Pig series by Walter R. Books (available free with Kindle Unlimited)
Books by Sherry Turkle: Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age and Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Netherland: A Novel by Joseph O’Neill
Emma by Jane Austin
Middlemarch by George Eliot
David Denby’s review of “Wild” in The New Yorker – December 8, 2014
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Washington Square by Henry James
“The Heiress” (DVD) at Amazon.com
“The Plot Against America: Donald Trump’s Rhetoric” by David Denby at The New Yorker – December 15, 2016
“Stop Humiliating Teachers” by David Denby at The New Yorker – February 11, 2016
Content
Winter Men, available for pre-order with delivery March 1, 2016. English Translator: K. E. Semmel
CHI-RAQ, directed by Spike Lee, free to Prime members on Amazon Instant Video
David Axelrod’s podcast interview with Spike Lee on The Axe Files – November 30, 2015
Comments
A suggestion for an improvement to Kindle for Mac
Next Week’s Guest
K. E. Semmel, English translator of Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold

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TKC 394 Novelist Jesper Bugge Kold

Jesper Kold
Author of Winter Men
Interview starts at 9:42 and ends at 43:24
I was very scared that it was translated into German. I really wanted it to be translated but still scared, because it’s like their war. I come from another country with another perspective on the war and write about their war and their forefathers. But the reception has been overwhelming. I’ve seen some reviews where they write that every college student should read this book, to read about their past. It’s a lot of responsibility to put on me, but some wrote that they are better able to understand their grandfathers better because of this book. That’s quite amazing.
News
Anonymous “Data Guy” of Author Earnings does hourlong video interview with Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing Podcast – February 16, 2016
“Amazon Kindle sales up 200% in India” at The Times of India – February 19, 2016
“Kobo CEO faces uphill e-book battle against Apple, Amazon” at The Globe and Mail – February 19, 2016
Amazon press release on acquisition of new Woody Allen film – February 18, 2016
Tech Tip
Guitar Tuna iPhone app
Amazon Echo
Interview with Jesper Bugge Kold
Winter Men, available for pre-order with delivery March 1, 2016. English Translator: K. E. Semmel
Jesper Bugge Kold’s author page at Amazon.com
The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell
Country in Past Tense by Jesper Bugge Kold – available for pre-order with delivery March 14, 2017. English translator: K.E. Semmel
Next Week’s Guest
David Denby, author of Lit Up (video of interview at Huffpost Live)
     “Why Reading Mark Twain is the Key to Understanding Donald Trump” by Ryan Buxton at The Huffington Post

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TKC 393 Len Vlahos

Len Vlahos
Chief Executive Officer of The Tattered Cover Book Stores
Interview starts at 10:03 and ends at 42:09
I think it would be interesting for independent booksellers to experiment with selling eBooks directly, because it’s become much less device-centric. Tablets have in some ways normalized that world, and the notion that someone could build an open-source eReader app and that we could have direct relationships with publishers and sell eBooks is something I think worth exploring down the road. But it’s not a part of our core business. Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Google do what they do really well. For us, we have limited resources and limited brainpower. I’d rather see us make our stores even better than focus a lot of energy on that.
News
“Amazon exec to run digital efforts of Italy’s government” by Angel Gonzalez at The Seattle Times – February 10, 2016
Diego Piacentini featured on Amazon employee page
“Working at Amazon” web site – includes signup for receiving email updates
Amazon organization chart
“My Bias (again)” by Hugh Howey – February 12, 2016
“Amazon’s bookstore buzz hits San Diego” at the Lost Angeles Times – February 11, 2016
Shelf Awareness “Amazon Books Roundup” – February 12, 2016 (scroll down to find it)
Tech Tip
Amazon.com help page showing which Kindle you have
Interview with Len Vlahos
“Len Vlahos, ‘The ABA Guy,’ to Publish YA Novel” by Judith Rosen at Publishers Weekly – October 23, 2013
The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
“Joyce Meskis is selling Tattered Cover Book Stores after 41 years” by Aldo Svaldi at The Denver Post – March 26, 2015
Kobo eReaders and eBooks available for purchase at The Tattered Cover website
Tattered Cover Press: Books on Demand
Scar Girl by Len Vlahos – available for pre-order (hardcover only), delivery March 1
Content
Harry Potter: The Complete Collection by J.K. Rowling (Kindle) – now $56.64 instead of the brief bargain price of $14.99 earlier this week.
Postscript with Uber Driver Deb Brown (42:09 to 43:00)
The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh (Link is to paperback copy at The Tattered Cover’s website)
Next Week’s Guest
Jesper Bugge Kold, author of Winter Men , an AmazonCrossing translation available for pre-order with delivery on March 1, 2016. You can get a free copy now via Kindle First if you are an Amazon Prime member.

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TKC 392 Kindle Blogger Bufo Calvin

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Bufo Calvin is the creator of the I Love My Kindle blog
 
Interview starts at 10:46 and ends at 44:02
If people were evolving away from reading long-form reading, we would not have series. But right now people will say, “Oh yes, that’s great. It’s a 200-page book, but I want a thousand pages about this character. So I think you can make an argument that people are more into long-form reading that they were in the past.
News
“Mall CEO claims Amazon Books will open up to 400 physical storefronts” by Sam Machkovech at ars technica – February 2, 2016
“Amazon Plans Hundreds of Brick-and-Mortar Bookstores, Mall CEO Says” by Greg Bensinger at The Wall Street Journal – February 2, 2016
Business Insider photos of Amazon’s Seattle Book Store – February 3, 2016
“Unsubstantiated Rumor: Amazon to Open as Many as 400 Bookstores” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – February 2, 2016
Woody Allen interview in May, 2015 in which he whines about Amazon deal
Tech Tip
“Amazon’s Kindle e-readers are getting a big software update soon” by Sam Byford at The Verge – February 3, 2016
5.7.2 Software update pages at Amazon.com for Kindle Voyage, Paperwhite (6th Generation), and Kindle
Interview with Bufo Calvin
I Love My Kindle blog
I Love My Kindle blog subscription for Kindle – 99 cents a month
The Measured Circle blog by Bufo Calvin
 
Content
Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold, an AmazonCrossing translation into English. Available as a free advance download for Prime members through Kindle First if you have not already downloaded a Kindle First book for February.
Next Week’s Guest
Len Vlahos, new owner of The Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver

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TKC 391 Morgan Parker

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Editor of Amazon’s Little A imprint and Day One magazine
Interview starts at 18:03 and ends at 42:20
A lot of editors across Amazon Publishing kind of have their hands in Day One. Everyone’s really excited about it and dedicated to discovering these new voices and finding opportunities for new writers. (Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths)
News
Amazon.com announces fourth quarter earnings (Press Release) – January 28, 2016
“Amazon Stock Plummets on Disappointing Q4 Results” by Jason Del Rey at re/code – January 28, 2016
“Amazon’s stock dives, but it’s because of a ‘good problem’” by Tracey Lien at The Los Angeles Times – January 29, 2016
“Amazon Prime is growing like crazy” by Jillian D’Onfro at Business Insider – January 25, 2016
“Amazon Prime Grew 35% in 2015” – report (PDF) by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners – January 25, 2016
“How Many Prime Members Does Amazon Have (And Why It Matters)” by Daniel B. Kline at The Motley Fool – January 26, 2016
TV commercials for #BaldwinBowl – Cheerleaders and Cheese Footballs
“Get ready for Amazon’s third billion-dollar business: Echo” by Eugene Kim at Business Insider – January 27, 2016
“Amazon reportedly seeks a bigger hand in Android phone software” by Ron Amadeo at Ars Technica – January 25, 2016.
Tech Tip
Duolingo app for Fire tablet and iPhone (free)
Interview with Morgan Parker
Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night – poems by Morgan Parker (paperback only)
Grave of Hummingbirds by Jennifer Skutelsky published by Little A

Content

Day One at Amazon.com – subscription costs $1.59 a month or 37 cents an issue, with a free 30-day trial when you subscribe
“How to Publish Your Book” by Jane Friedman – The Great Courses 24-lecture series available at Audible.com for $24.46 or 1 credit
 
Next Week’s Guest
Bufo Calvin, creator of the “I Love My Kindle” blog

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TKC 390 Jane Friedman

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Helping authors and publishers flourish in the digital age
 
Interview starts at 14:20 and ends at 44:34
This question has become a little bit of a litmus test in the writing and publishing community. It’s almost interesting to talk about how other people react very viscerally to Amazon as a good or bad influence or factor. I do consider myself mostly neutral. Nothing about it, I feel, is wholly good or bad. Mainly, it’s just brought about this enormous change. And for some the changes have been good, and for others they’ve been bad. For me personally, the change has been great.
News
“The drone invasion now underway” (video) at CBS News – October 18, 2015
“Is Amazon’s First Brick-and-Mortar Bookstore the Future of Retail?” by Pini Yakuel at Entrepreneur – January 18, 2016
“Seattle bookstores face new threat from Amazon: a brick-and-mortar location” by Julia Carrie Wong at The Guardian – January 21, 2016
“Amazon Expands its Smart Reordering Service” by Stacey Higginbotham at Fortune – January 19, 2016
“Your Printer Can Now Order Ink for You, Thanks to Amazon” by Angela Moscaritolo at PC Magazine – January 19, 2016
“How to Format Your Book for Kindle Course Coming Soon!” by Bruce Jones at Bruce the Book Guy – January 18, 2016
Tech Tips
“Amazon Echo now lets Alexa read Kindle books to you” by Adario Strange at Mashable – January 17, 2016
Amazon info on Alexa’s reading of Kindle books
Interview with Jane Friedman
Roxane Gay website
Roxane Gay’s author page at Amazon.com
Bad Feminist and An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
Debbie Ohi website
Journey of Strangers by Elizabeth Zelvin
Margaret Atwood on Wattpad
“How to Publish Your Book” course of 24 lectures by Jane Friedman at The Great Courses
Next Week’s Guest
Morgan Parker, editor of Amazon’s Day One weekly literary magazine
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TKC 389 Donna Foley Mabry

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Author of Maude
Interview starts at 15:00 and ends at 44:33
I do have an agent who called me, and he’s representing Maude. She’s been translated into Italian, German, and Russian. He made the deal for the audiobook. He’s right now negotiating with a few more countries. Whatever Kindle and Amazon don’t cover as far as print copies, he will handle that for me. And hopefully some day a motion picture!
News
Prime Discount at Amazon.com
“Amazon to Release Portable Version of Echo Speaker in Coming Weeks” by Greg Bensinger at The Wall Street Journal – January 11, 2016
“Ford, Amazon working to connect cars to smart homes” by Autuan Goodwin at CNET – January 5, 2015
“First Click: Apple should echo Amazon with a Siri speaker” by Thomas Ricker at The Verge – January 14, 2016
Alexa – $179.99 at Amazon.com
Tech Tip
IFTT recipe for setting temperature on a NEST thermostat with Alexa
IFTT recipe for having Alexa help find your phone by calling it
iOS Kindle update version 4.16 (Not discussed on the show but worth checking out!)
Interview with Donna Foley Mabry
“How a Shy Former Avon Lady Became the Queen of Self-Publishing” by Katie McCollow at Newsweek – August 9, 2015
“How Donna Mabry Went from Seamstress to Best-Selling Author” by Miral Sattar at Bibliocrunch – October 14, 2015
The Alexandra Merritt Mystery Series Box Set (Books 1 through 5) – Kindle format, available through Kindle Unlimited
Joyce Mochrie, proofreader
The Manhattan Stories, Books 1 through 4
Maude in Kindle and Audible format
Conversations with Skip in Kindle and Audible format
Mary Ann Unger’s Matti James mysteries
The Iron Horse Chronicles by Robert Murphy
Books by James C. Logsdon: The House of James – ExPat and Romblon, and The Soul of Black Mountain, Nevada
 
Content

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