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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TKC 302 Tom Semple

Tom-Semple

Software quality engineer in Santa Clara, California

Interview starts at 18:15

To me it’s really frustrating that you can’t get your notes and highlights easily. The minimal thing they could do is put on Manage Your Kindle, you pick a book and you say, “Download my notes and highlights for this book,” and it would just download a little text file or RTF file or something and then you’d be good to go….It makes me wonder why people make notes in eBooks, because you don’t own them and you can’t get them out.

 

Show Notes and Links:

News

“Much at Stake in Amazon-HBG Fight” at Publishers Weekly – May 12, 2014

“Amazon and Hachette Go to War” by Hugh C. Howey – May 13, 2014

“Here’s Why People Shouldn’t Freak Out About the Amazon-Hachette Fight” by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry at Forbes – May 10, 2014

“Why Aren’t Teens Reading Like They Used To?” at NPR – May 12, 2014

Content

No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy – $8.79 on Kindle

The Road by Cormac McCarthy – $7.99 on Kindle and $7.95 or 1 credit on Audible 

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk: A Novel  by Ben Fountain – $10.86 on Kindle

The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor – $9.66 on Kindle

The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis - $8.89 on Kindle

Buzz Books 2014: Fall/Winter: Exclusive Excerpts From Over 30 Top New Titles - Free on Kindle

How You Can Support E-Books for Troops

Click here to help, so we can continue to distribute donated Kindles to U.S. Soldiers deployed overseas.

Click here for information on how to donate your used Kindle.

For information regarding major gifts or other questions, please email me at PodChronicles AT gmail DOT com.

Thanks to all of you who are already supporting E-Books for Troops, and a special thanks to M-Edge Accessories, which donates new Kindle cases whenever we need them to supplement cases that we receive with the donated Kindles.

Podcast Recommendation

Books on the Nightstand, hosted by Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman

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 301 Sara Nelson

Sara Nelson, HeadshotEditorial Director for Amazon.com books

Interview starts at 21:41

The kinds of books that we call out—we do see that some of them go on to be successful. Did we call it, or did we cause it? I don’t know. I wouldn’t claim credit for it, but I’m thrilled to be part of the conversation. And I think that writers and readers know that we are.

Show Notes and Links:

Intro

TKC 102 with Sara, Stephen, and Kristen

TKC 119 with Stephen on Ender’s Game

News

#AmazonCart video on Amazon’s YouTube Channel

“Why Amazon wants you to use Twitter hashtags to shop” by Donna Tam at CNET – May 6, 2014

Tech Tip

“Is my Paperwhite 1st or 2nd Generation” - discussion thread at Amazon’s Kindle forum

Kindle Paperwhite 1st generation software updates

Kindle Paperwhite 2nd generation software updates

“Goodreads Is Now on the First Generation Kindle Paperwhite” by Suzanne Skyvara at Goodreads blog – March 10, 2014

Kindle Paperwhite Support Videos

Interview with Sara Nelson     

So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading by Sara Nelson – $10.99 on Kindle

“Amazon snags another book industry vet: Sara Nelson, former Publishers Weekly EIC” by Laura Hazard Owen at Gigaom – May 9, 2012

amazon.com/books

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed with annotations by Oprah – $6.99 on Kindle

Content

Amazon Editors’ Top Picks for the Best Books of May

Best Books of the Month

100 Books to Read in a Lifetime: A bucket list of books to create a well-read life, from the Amazon Book Editors

100 Mysteries & Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime

Omnivoracious, the Amazon Books blog

Great American Eats

50 Great American Love Stories

The Lion’s Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War by Steven Pressfield – $14.99 on Kindle

Tom Robbins: The Kindle Singles Interview by Mara Altman – 99 cents on Kindle

Even Cowgirls Get the Blues by Tom Robbins – $9.99 on Kindle

Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins – $9.97 on Kindle

Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life by Tom Robbins – $12.99 on Kindle

How You Can Support E-Books for Troops

Click here to help, so we can continue to distribute donated Kindles to U.S. Soldiers deployed overseas.

Click here for information on how to donate your used Kindle.

For information regarding major gifts or other questions, please email me at PodChronicles AT gmail DOT com.

Thanks to all of you who are already supporting E-Books for Troops, and a special thanks to M-Edge Accessories, which donates new Kindle cases whenever we need them to supplement cases that we receive with the donated Kindles.

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 300 Baratunde Thurston

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Photo by Bill Wadman

Author of How To Be Black

Interview starts at 15:46

What is the point of me having a relationship with MailChimp and a powerful email newsletter and social platforms through Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus with all these followers and community members? I have connectivity everywhere. The deepest connection I potentially have is with someone who spent $25 for a piece of my life in the form of this book—and they’re a mystery to me. The random kid who follows me on Facebook, I know more about that kid, because he heard a joke I told or showed up at a gig I did at a college cafeteria that cost him nothing directly, than about the parent who spent $25 or the teacher who spent $250 getting 10 of these books for his students. My only way to find those people is hope and stalking.

Show Notes and Links:

Intro

TKC 1 with Baratunde Thurston

TKC 107 with Baratunde Thurston

TKC 283 with Mark Roberts, Preacher at Westside church of Christ in Irving, Texas

TKC 50 with painter Kes Woodward of Fairbanks, Alaska

TKC 208 with Jeff Bezos

News

“Ebook Sales up Across Trade in January, Young Adult Leads the Way” - at Digital Book World on May 1, 2014

“Barnes and Noble: Gone by New Year’s 2015?” by Michael Levin at The Atlernative Press – May 1, 2014

The Muse and the Marketplace 2014 conference in Boston

What Every Literary Writer Needs to Know About the Digital Disruption: A Town Hall Debate moderated by Porter Anderson

Heidi Legg, author of My Evangeline - $2.99 on Kindle

The Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Massachusetts

GrubStreet writing center

“Amazon Debuts a Storefront Just for Wearable Tech” by Darrell Etherington at TechCrunch – April 29, 2014

Amazon’s Wearable Technology storefront

The Narrative Clip website

Tech Tip

Send ePub to Kindle

Interview with Baratunde Thurston     

Baratunde.com

Cultivated Wit

How To Be Black by Baratunde Thurston – $8.26 on Kindle

How To Be Black (Enhanced Edition) - $10.99 on Kindle

How To Be Black (Audible Audio Edition) - $12.56

“Found! A Real Amazon Kindle User” by Dan Frommer at Business Insider – June 19, 2008

Video of Baratunde Thurston’s opening keynote address at South by Southwest in 2012

Instapaper

Wild (From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail) by Cheryl Strayed – $5 on Kindle

Findings

Wattpad

Pubslush

“Facebook to Pay $10 Million Cash for Hot Potato, Says Source” by Michael Arrington at TechCrunch – July 28, 2010

“Baratunde Thurston Left the Internet for 25 Days, and You Should, Too” by Baratunde Thurston – Fast Company’s cover story for July/August 2013 issue

#howtobeblack Instagram feed

Patreon

Kickstarter

Content

Amazon Editors’ Top Picks for the Best Books of May

Concluding Audio Comments

TKC 230 and TKC 270 Garrett Riley of the Tech Grab Bag blog and podcast

TKC 19 with Linda Hopkins

TKC Extra - Cambridge, Mass., Meetup on November 11, 2009 with Rick Askenase, Stephen Windwalker, Michael Bilotta, and Karen Hagglund.

Next Week’s Guest:

Sara Nelson, editorial director of Amazon Books

How You Can Support E-Books for Troops

Click here to help, so we can continue to distribute donated Kindles to U.S. Soldiers deployed overseas.

Click here for information on how to donate your used Kindle.

For information regarding major gifts or other questions, please email me at PodChronicles AT gmail DOT com.

Thanks to all of you who are already supporting E-Books for Troops, and a special thanks to M-Edge Accessories, which donates new Kindle cases whenever we need them to supplement cases that we receive with the donated Kindles.

Oyster Link

I have enjoyed trying Oyster‘s subscription reading model, which has an elegant interface and a good selection of books available for $9.95 a month. You can receive a $15 Oyster credit with this link  and I will receive a credit of the same amount toward my future month’s subscription fees. You can’t read Oyster books on a Kindle or Kindle Fire yet, just iOS devices.

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 299 Marie-Pierre Sangouard

Marie-Pierre

Amazon’s Director of Kindle Content Acquisition for France

Interview starts at 14:00

In France, publishers set the price of the digital version at 25 to 30 percent less than the physical book’s price, but when when the title becomes a mass-market paper book, some publishers still set the price at the same price or maybe higher. So of course it’s difficult to understand from a customer perspective, and it’s a clear blocker of the development of the market segment.

Show Notes and Links:

News

“Amazon Slumps as Increased Spending Limits Profit Growth” by Adam Satariano and Sarah Frier at Bloomberg – April 25, 2014

Amazon earnings press release - April 24, 2014

The Playboy Interview: Moguls (including 2000 interview with Jeff Bezos) – $4.99 on Kindle

“Beyond 3D: Inside Amazon’s smartphone” by Zach Epstein at Boy Genius Report – April 22, 2014

Tech Tip

“Amazon Merges Kindle Personal Documents with Cloud Drive” by Sarah Perez at TechCrunch – April 16, 2014

Interview with Marie-Pierre Sangouard

Uber.com

Fnac web site

La rentrée littéraire in France when a large number of new books are published

Amazon.fr Kindle web site

Darty - French chain of stores selling Kindles

Les gens heureux lisent et boivent du café by Anges Martin-lugand – EUR 2,99 on Kindle at Amazon.fr

Au Coeur du Solstice by Jacques Vandroux – EUR 3.99 on Kindle at Amazon.fr  (Due out in English translation in the next three to four months from Amazon Crossing)

Content

Books on the Nightstand podcast hosted by Michael Kindness and Ann Kingman

Booktopia author weekends

A Beautiful Truth by Colin Mcadam – $9.99 on Kindle

The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go – $11.89 on Kindle

Burn Out by Kristi Helvig – $9.99 on Kindle

Comments

Kindle for Samsung app info at Amazon.com

“Samsung, Amazon to Launch Do-Branded Kindle App” by Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader – April 17, 2014

Next Week’s Show:

Next week will be a milestone—Episode 300. I’m hoping to have as my guest for TKC 300 the comedian, author, and entrepreneur Baratunde Thurston, who was my very first guest in July, 2008, when I started the Kindle Chronicles.  If you’d like to leave an audio comment for next week’s 300th show, that would be great, the shorter the better. You can email me an .mp3 file at podchronicles at Gmail Dot com if you know how to do that, or you can call the Kindle Chronicles comment line which is mentioned in at the end of this week’s show.

How You Can Support E-Books for Troops

Click here to help, so we can continue to distribute donated Kindles to U.S. Soldiers deployed overseas.

Click here for information on how to donate your used Kindle.

For information regarding major gifts or other questions, please email me at PodChronicles AT gmail DOT com.

Thanks to all of you who are already supporting E-Books for Troops, and a special thanks to M-Edge Accessories, which donates new Kindle cases whenever we need them to supplement cases that we receive with the donated Kindles.

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.

Please Join the Kindle Chronicles group at Goodreads!

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