Tag Archives: SXSW

TKC 449 Patricia Cornwell

Author of  Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert Interview starts at 10:27 and ends at 41:38 “Billie Jean King is very aware of my Ripper book, and we talked about it when I began all this investigation in 2001, because Billie Jean had been a friend of mine for many years. We talked about […]

TKC 448 Michael Anderle

Author of The Kutherian Gambit series Interview starts at 10:15 and ends at 43:54 When I originally put out Book 1 I had no idea if anyone cared about my stories. I didn’t want to invest a lot of time, money, and effort if nobody wanted to read it. News “Site of Amazon’s Cloud glitch […]

Virtual Reality: From Empathy to Action – Liveblog at SXSW

Is Virtual Reality “the empathy machine?” That’s one of the ways people try to describe the immersive quality of VR headsets, which look really dumb from the outside but present compelling views in all directions when you are wearing them. Panelists for this session at the JW Marriott are Allison Arden, VP and Publisher of […]

Is VR the Ultimate Empathy Machine for 360 Storytelling? SXSW Liveblog

Another big crowd gathers for a Virtual Reality tour. This one is titled “Ultimate Empathy Machine: 360 Storytelling in VR and it features as one of the panelists a big gun from Google. Andrey Doronichev is Google’s product manager for VR apps. Other panelists are Austin Mace of SubVRsive, Jim Geduldick of GoPro and Sarah […]

Warm Pretzels and Ice Cream in the Comcast Lounge at SXSW

Good morning, South By! The photo above was taken during my earlier work session today in the official South by Southwest “Press Suite.” It’s a zendo compared with where I’m typing now–in the thick-carpeted Comcast social media lounge, where jumbo soft pretzels and ice cream sandwiches are on offer, plus decent coffee and recorded music […]

Notes from South by Southwest: Day One

PayPal has a comfortable lounge set up here at the Austin Convention Center where you can sit down, plug in your devices and post to your blog. It’s called the Social Media Lounge, and at 4 p.m. there are nearly 200 of us here, chatting, writing, and logging in. So before my next event, the […]

TKC 108 Russ Grandinetti

News – 1. Will Amazon make it possible to give Kindle books straight to your Kindle? Is that a good idea? 2. Plastic Logic abandons the Que ProReader before launch. Click here for the interview I did with Maureen Mellon at the Que’s booth at CES in January. 3. The National Federation of the Blind commends Amazon for the accessibility improvements included in the next generation of Kindles. 4. Blogger Mike Cane urges Jeff Bezos to pounce on the opportunity to buy Barnes & Noble.

Tech Tip – Courtesy of the Me and My Kindle blog and Teleread, a reminder on how to delete a whole bunch of typing with one click.

Interview (starts at 12:03) – Russ Grandinetti, Amazon’s Vice President for Kindle Content, in a conversation by Skype and phone on August 11, 2011, talks about social media, Google Editions, and whether there will be serious shortages of the Kindle 3.

Content – Pete Hamill’s upcoming book on immigration, They Are Us, will skip print altogether and go straight to e-book format this fall.

If you’d like to support my panel proposal for South by Southwest Interactive 2010, titled “How You Can Survive the E-Book Revolution,” with Joshua Tallent, please click here and vote for the proposal and leave a comment. This might improve our chances of being selected to present the panel at SXSW. Thanks!

If you are itching to pre-order a Kindle 3 but don’t know what to do with your trusty Kindle 2, check out E-Books for Troops early next week. Ken Clark and I are cooking up a great solution.
News – 1. Will Amazon make it possible to give Kindle books straight to your Kindle? Is that a good idea? 2. Plastic Logic abandons the Que ProReader before launch. Click here for the interview I did with Maureen Mellon at the Que’s booth at CES in January. 3. The National Federation of the Blind commends Amazon for the accessibility improvements included in the next generation of Kindles. 4. Blogger Mike Cane urges Jeff Bezos to pounce on the opportunity to buy Barnes & Noble.

Tech Tip – Courtesy of the Me and My Kindle blog and Teleread, a reminder on how to delete a whole bunch of typing with one click.

Interview (starts at 12:03) – Russ Grandinetti, Amazon’s Vice President for Kindle Content, in a conversation by Skype and phone on August 11, 2011, talks about social media, Google Editions, and whether there will be serious shortages of the Kindle 3.

Content – Pete Hamill’s upcoming book on immigration, They Are Us, will skip print altogether and go straight to e-book format this fall.

If you’d like to support my panel proposal for South by Southwest Interactive 2010, titled “How You Can Survive the E-Book Revolution,” with Joshua Tallent, please click here and vote for the proposal and leave a comment. This might improve our chances of being selected to present the panel at SXSW. Thanks!

If you are itching to pre-order a Kindle 3 but don’t know what to do with your trusty Kindle 2, check out E-Books for Troops early next week. Ken Clark and I are cooking up a great solution.

TKC 87 Joshua Tallent

News – Item 1: Amazon announces the release of Kindle for Mac software. Item 2: The New York Times reports on the latest round in Amazon v. Apple and the Publishers. Item 3: Two reading features of the iPad I hadn’t heard about yet, and an estimate that 200,000 iPads were presold in the first week.

Tech Tip – In which I transfer to Kindle for PC and Mac a screenplay I’m reading, written by my nephew Jesse Betlyon, graduating this month from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara. Hooray!

Interview – Joshua Tallent, founder and CEO of eBook Architects, spoke with me in person on March 14, 2010, in Austin, where I was attending South by Southwest Interactive. We discussed the iPad, eBook prices, and how authors can succeed in publishing for eBook formats, especially the Kindle. Click here for Joshua’s last appearance on the podcast, 65 episodes ago.

Content – John Grisham has a change of heart regarding eBooks. Doubleday announces that all 23 of his novels are now available in Kindle and other eBook formats. Via Techflash, click here for his Today Show interview, back when he had little good to say about eBooks.

Your Comments – Allen MacDiarmid on the iPad, Alan Morris on Kindle for Mac, and Ronald Molnar on Apple’s job listing for an Independent Publisher Account Manager.

EBooks for Troops Update – I’m partnering with Ken Clark (who blogs here) to create a nonprofit to continue our work providing Kindles to active-duty troops. We’ve settled on a new name, EBooks for Troops (EB4T), which is not as pleasingly alliterative as the original Kindles for Kandahar, but more descriptive. M-Edge Accessories donated the first Kindle and accessories, to Army Sgt. Andre Corbin, who will soon be deployed in Afghanistan, ready to identify troops to receive the next Kindles. We have raised approximately $1,000 in contributions so far. Thank you to everyone who has participated, especially M-Edge!

Still Time to Win A Kindle – I will be awarding a Kindle and accessories to a fan of my Reading Edge facebook page at noon Mountain Time, April 1, courtesy of a sponsorship by Octovo.

35 South by Southwest Interactive

Intro – Attendance statistics courtesy of Omar L. Gallaga, who writes the Austin American-Statesman’s excellent Digital Savant blog. News – Kindle gets new 2.0.2 firmware. Sony and Google deal described as a strike against Amazon’s Kindle. Discovery sues Amazon, claiming patent infringement. UPDATE: Starbuck adds a Kindle 2 to his arsenal on active duty in […]

34A Robert Scoble & Buzz Bruggeman

This is a conversation by cell phone on March 11, 2009 with Robert Scoble (at right) and Buzz Bruggeman, on why the Kindle 2 doesn’t suck and how The New York Times might save itself with a bold Kindle offer. This special episode of the podcast was brought to you by ActiveWords !  Photo of […]