The last decade has seen a dramatic change in the publishing industry as ebooks and digital audio have gone from a side note to a huge part of the reader experience — and a significant part of independent author incomes. In this episode, I talk to Len Edgerly from The Kindle Chronicles Podcast which started in July 2008. We also talk about the recent US Senate hearing on Big Tech and consider the possible changes ahead.
In the introduction, MS Word has a new Transcribe function as part of its built-in dictation [The Next Web]; Audible launches Audible Plus as the audio subscription model heats up [The Verge]; Amazon releases the Halo, a wearable band that assesses your health but also your tone of voice [Business Wire]; James Daunt of B&N and Waterstones is interested in reviving the Nook as a bigger part of Barnes and Noble [The New Publishing Standard]; plus The Writers Well final episode and why we all need to reassess the direction of our lives during these historic times.
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Len Edgerly is a nonfiction author with degrees in business and poetry. He's also the host of the long-running Kindle Chronicles Podcast, where he's interviewed Jeff Bezos, Margaret Atwood, and Dean Koontz among many others.
You can listen above or on your favorite podcast app or read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and the full transcript below.
- Changes in the publishing industry in the past 12 years
- The impact of KU and whether the subscription model is the future for ebooks and audiobooks
- What it’s like to interview Jeff Bezos and his real passion for books
- A discussion on the US Senate hearings on big tech and anti-trust and possible ramifications for publishing [CNBC]
- Audiobooks and the future of reading and listening
You can find Len Edgerly at TheKindleChronicles.com and on Twitter @lenedgerly