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TKC 471 Jon P. Fine

8/12/2017
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Amazon’s former Director of Author and Publishing Relations Interview starts at 0:22 and ends at 44:20 “I do think that there is an incredible level of smart, energetic, ambitious people at Amazon working in books. That’s an incredible asset. I’m optimistic that Amazon will continue to be able to hold its own. I also see great opportunity for others. I have a very optimistic view of the future of storytelling. I think it’s a great time to be a storyteller. You just have to be smart about...

Duration: 00:45:04


TKC 470 Scott Parazynski

8/5/2017
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Author of The Sky Below Interview starts at 14:15 and ends at 41:36 “My goal with this book is to show people that it’s important to have high, lofty dreams, but it’s even more important to then have the vision and the resolve to make them come true.” News “Is Amazon getting too big?” by Steven Pearlstein at The Washington Post - July 28, 2017 “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox” by Lina M. Khan at the Yale Law Journal - January, 2017 “Amazon’s Jobs Fair Sends Clear Message: Now Hiring...

Duration: 00:44:57


TKC 469 Harry Bingham

7/29/2017
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Author of The Deepest Grave (Fiona Griffiths Crime Thriller Series Book 6) Interview starts at 12:26 and ends at 42:13 “The Big 5 publishers do have a model of ‘We will buy your book for life plus 70 years. In other words, I will get my books back about the time Bernie Madoff gets out of jail.” News Amazon earnings release - July 27, 2017 Earnings coverage by Recode and Publishers Weekly Inside Edge Amazon Video original series in India “This is Amazon’s Next Big Target” by CNBC...

Duration: 00:44:58


TKC 468 Alex Cabal

7/22/2017
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Founder of StandardEbooks.org Interview starts at 11:43 and ends at 40:40 “One of the criteria for the books that we accept is that we very specifically don’t want to become a dumping ground for everything public domain. I think Project Gutenberg suffers from that to some extent. They are more of an archival website at this point. Anything and everything that was produced before 1923 gets on there, and a lot of stuff just wasn’t good. A lot of stuff didn’t survive for a...

Duration: 00:44:57


TKC 467 Len Vlahos

7/14/2017
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New co-owner of Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver Interview starts at 19:56 and ends at 43:00 “Bookstores have evolved over the years to become very much experiential retailing, and we’re no different.” News “Amazon Prime Day breaks record; sales grew by more than 60 percent” by Lauren Thomas at CNBC - July 12, 2017 (includes video of analyst Jan Kniffen) Amazon press release on Prime Day - July 12, 2017 Furbo Dog Camera Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine Tech Tip Libby by...

Duration: 00:44:57


TKC 466 Jaimal Yogis

7/8/2017
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Author of All our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment and the Perfect Ride Interview starts at 9:50 and ends at 35:52 “All memoirs build a container that’s something of a lie. (You can never say it all.) But this book gets a little closer to the truth in that surfing and Zen are just big characters among many.” (Photo by Peter Dawson) News Camino Island by John Grisham “Amazon bookstores to participate in Prime Day for the first time” by Tonya Garcia at MarketWatch - July...

Duration: 00:44:57


TKC 465 Kevin Kelly

7/1/2017
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Author of The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future Interview starts at 18:40 and ends at 43:00 “All the visions that most people have of the future are all dystopian, and they’re afraid. They’re worried. And yet the reality, the scientific evidence is that we are much better off today. Any of your listeners are 10 times better off than 10 or 20 years ago. ” News “Early data suggests Amazon’s Echo Show could be a hit with consumers” by...

Duration: 00:44:57


TKC 464 David Wright

6/24/2017
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Reader’s Advisory Librarian at Seattle Public Library Interview starts at 12:20 and ends at 37:05 “The Seattle Library has seen an exponential growth in our e-book usage, which like elsewhere is not cutting into our print usage. It’s additive, which is really interesting to say. Same with audiobooks. These new formats just seem to bring new people into reading and literature, so that’s all to the good.” (Photo by John Lok, The Seattle Times) News “New findings suggest it might be...

Duration: 00:44:57


TKC 463 Jeff O'Neal

6/17/2017
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Executive Editor and Co-founder of Book Riot Interview starts at 10:10 and ends at 43:25 “If publishers woke up tomorrow and sanely priced e-books, I think it would be different in degree not in kind. I don’t think we’d see 10x growth in e-books’ market share. Maybe there would be 5, 10 percent [growth in] market share. I don’t know.” News “Amazon to Acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion” by Nick Turner at Bloomberg - June 16, 2071 Press Release announcing Whole Foods acquisition -...

Duration: 00:44:57


TKC 462 John Mitchinson

6/8/2017
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Co-founder and chief publishing officer of Unbound Interview starts at 8:56 and ends at 42:25 “It’s not so much the elephant in the room. We are the room inside the elephant, if you look at the size that Amazon is growing as an online retailer. That kind of troubles me, because I feel a little bit like when publishing does get round to direct-to-consumer it will already be too late. ” News “Amazon Will Be the Fifth Largest Bookstore Chain” by Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly - June 1,...

Duration: 00:44:58


TKC 461 Chris Messina

6/3/2017
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Inventor of the Hashtag Interview starts at 12:30 and ends at 44:11 “Your pocket is now your garage, right. If one time you used to buy a car to sort of have in the garage to be like, ‘Wow. Look at this. I’m just going to go out and look at my baby.’ I think that in a similar way Apple thinks very similarly about computer products. And Amazon, meanwhile, is striking a much more ordinary context, like ‘Don’t think too hard about technology.’ But it should be there to enable your life to...

Duration: 00:44:57


TKC 460 Mark Sullivan

5/26/2017
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Author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky Interview starts at 3:32 and ends at 42:21 “Not only does the guy [Pino Lella] deserve to be noted for what he did, his story is the story of faith, and the ability to endure, and the ability to go on, and the ability to the best and the worst of life in life. And yet still understand that it’s a miracle every day. ” News Amazon Fresh delivery in Denver Tech Tips “Amazon’s Alexa Calling is Like a Jetsons Version of the Home Phone” by David Pogue...

Duration: 00:44:57


TKC 459 Jennifer Gunnels

5/20/2017
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Co-founder of Tor Labs Interview starts at 16:53 and ends at 40:00 “This story is 14 episodes, and it is about security chief Dakota Prentiss and Matt Salem, who are both ex-military, working at a secret military base that happens to have a flying saucer, an alien, and a mysterious thing called the harp. No one really knows quite what it does. They instantly fall in love with one another, but the hitch is that when you sign up for this gig there is an absolute, ironclad no-fraternization...

Duration: 00:44:57


TKC 458 Peter Costanzo

5/13/2017
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Digital and Archival Publishing Manager for The Associated Press Interview starts at 12:51 and ends at 40:01 “I really try to get people to understand that every little basic functionality within e-books that Amazon keeps introducing--whether it’s their X-ray feature or Kindle Lending Library or whatever it might be within the e-book world or within the connection with the social-media platform Goodreads--these are all enhancements to your reading experience.” News Introducing Echo...

Duration: 00:44:57


TKC 457 James McQuivey

5/6/2017
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Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research Interview starts at 11:17 and ends at 36:16 “I don’t think they [Amazon] really expect the fashion angle to be a big driver of these [Echo Look] devices. They needed a pretext. They needed a reason to put a camera in your home, to see how comfortable you are with that idea, to test whether or not there’s a big social outcry about putting cameras in people’s homes, whether they can start connecting what they see with what they...

Duration: 00:44:57


TKC 456 Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer

4/29/2017
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Author of The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life and Joie de Vivre Interview starts at 13:00 and ends at 41:17 “This is also my philosophy of life: I talk about a turtle. A turtle stays in one place--it’s safe. Nothing can happen. It carries its house on its back. If that turtle wants to move, it has to take a risk. It has to stick its neck out. And I like that image of the turtle.” Intro Echo Dot (2nd Generation) Ask My Buddy skill for Alexa News Amazon’s first-quarter earnings...

Duration: 00:44:58


TKC 455 Naomi S. Baron

4/22/2017
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Author of Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World Interview starts at 10:33 and ends at 41:35 “Education increasingly wants to measure finite, little bites of stuff, and the digital technology that we are using in our education--and we do have print--is tailored to these quick wins as opposed to a deeper level of learning.” Intro My new VR setup: Samsung Galaxy Edge S8 with new Samsung Gear VR + controller News “Amazon continues to grow lead over Google as starting...

Duration: 00:44:57


TKC 454 Kes Woodward

4/15/2017
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Painter, art critic and historian Interview starts at 15:00 and ends at 41:14 “I remember your talking on one of your programs about Jeff Bezos’s insisting on a one-second [Alexa] response when his staff said, “We can get this down to three seconds,” and he said, “That’s not good enough.” That makes a huge difference. It shouldn’t--we’re so impatient, I’m so impatient. But the fact that it is more more conversational and that I don’t have to wait and think about the fact that this is a...

Duration: 00:44:57


TKC 453 Bufo Calvin in Virtual Reality

4/8/2017
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Creator of I Love My Kindle and The Measured Circle Interview starts at 6:14 and ends at 43:10 “It would also be able to know what your preferences are--that’s one of the biggest things about what we’ll see eventually with Virtual Reality. So for myself as a vegetarian, I could walk down that virtual aisle and have things that were for vegetarians maybe have a green outline on them, so that I could tell what was what.” News “Amazon exec steps in as CEO Jeff Bezos’s new ‘shadow’” by...

Duration: 00:44:57


TKC 452 Timothy DeLizza

4/1/2017
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Author of “Jerry (from accounting)” Interview starts at 14:56 and ends at 45:09 "I love what Amazon is doing in terms of giving access to a platform in a kind of populist way. I think that is incredibly helpful. I think the distribution is amazing. It creates new readers. I love the $2 price point for a novella. I think that’s definitely expanding who can have access to the writing and quality writing. Historically speaking the Big Five were very focused on content and less on how the...

Duration: 00:46:19

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