Episode 124 – Blocking Ads, a Gaggle of Girls, and Kindle in Motion

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Question of the Week: Do you think Kindle in Motion will be the next big thing in ebooks? Why or why not?

The returning champion (Bryan) re-emerged from Smith Mountain Lake as he and Jim tackled Amazon’s new Kindle in Motion feature and the rest of the latest news. After thanking their latest patron Megan Haskell (and her book Sanyere: The Last Descendent http://bit.ly/mhasksan ), the book bromance talked tips on book reviews, pop-ups, and sharing notes in Goodreads. News stories included retro London bookstores, the increase of the word “girl” in titles, Facebook’s rivalry with AdBlocker, Bob Mayer’s publishing predictions, and Kindle in Motion. This week’s Question of the Week: Do you think Kindle in Motion will be the next big thing in ebooks? Why or why not?
What You’ll Learn:
  • What questions authors should ask before reading book reviews
  • How authors can use pop-ups to increase email subscribers
  • How readers can share notes and highlights in GoodReads
  • Why some London bookstores are shunning cafes and Wi-Fi
  • Why readers can expect to encounter more “girls” in book titles
  • Why Facebook and AdBlocker are competing
  • What are one author’s predictions for the future of publishing
  • What new features readers can expect from Kindle in Motion
Question of the Week: Do you think Kindle in Motion will be the next big thing in ebooks? Why or why not?

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  • Spider McGee

    You remember in 1980 when Billy Joel, who was a multi-millionaire rock star with a big fat recording contract, did a “new wave” album? Everybody wants to be indie. James Patterson (or rather, his franchisees, who allegedly write his books for him) and anyone else can claim to be an indie fiction writer, but that don’t make it so. What was the question again?

    Oh, that motion thing. It’s all bells and whistles. If the book stinks and has no merit, theoretically that should be all there is to it. But in a time when even Kim Kardashian can be a huge star, I guess anything goes. In a more fair world, the best she’d be able to do would be to hold down twenty hours a week at a nail salon.

    Am I bitter? Don’t get me started.

    By the way, I’m working on a ton of stories, and finishing none of them. While I should find your podcast and other self-publishing shows inspirational, they just make me want to drink. I can in no way keep up with any of this. It’s maddening.

    With warmest regards as I clean my gun,
    Spider McGee

    • Bryan

      Finish your books, Spider! 🙂 If you need to take a week off, we’ll understand.

      • Spider McGee

        I appreciate the support. The blessing/curse of the internet is that we aren’t writing in the dark any more. We get to hear what other writers are doing, and when they’re releasing new product. For me, that leads to me heaping pressure on myself, not unlike the 1982 Billy Joel hit “Pressure”. I’m not nearly the writer that you are, or that Johnny, Sean, and Dave are. I don’t know what sort of deal with Satan those boys struck, but they have a good agent. Who writes that fast? Mr. Magic Fingers, the non-existent fast-typing guy?

        Anyway, I’m doing a J.D. Salinger on this. Thirty years from now (or, let’s face it, three years from now) when my Cheeto-blocked heart finally stops, there will be thousands of pages of incomprehensible gibberish that my designated heirs will have to put into printed form. Or, perhaps the South American cleaning woman will simply throw it all out. Who knows? But I won’t give up. Maybe they’re wrong about Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, and they really do make you live forever and give you incredible literary abilities. I’m putting everything I have on that possibility. What could possibly go wrong?

        • Bryan

          It’s tough with the comparisonitis out there, no question.

          I think Cheetos could be the solution!

  • Crissy Moss

    I loved the idea of Kindle in Motion so of course I went out and bought one. It’s pretty nifty, and works very well on my phone app. I imagine it will work even better on a tablet, no proprietary hardware needed, just the software.

    Is it the next big thing? Probably not yet. It looks like it would require a lot of programming to get it up and running, and if they just let everyone do it then it would get saturated again and look terrible. There are lots of ways companies have created interactive books for children, and this one is more appealing to adults too. If there were a company that could create them for a decent price then I might even start buying them because they are pretty neat. But I don’t think they will be mainstream anytime soon.

    • Bryan

      Cool, awesome to hear about you trying it out.

  • THE next big thing? No. A next big thing? Possibly. A lot depends on whether we are talking fiction or non-fiction. I like my fiction reading experience to be simple and cringe at the thought of deliberate distractions to that immersion. If I wanted interactive I’d play a video game.

    • Bryan

      Great point on the distraction-factor, Edwin.

  • The ad blocking thing is funny to me. Why would facebook care if the hardcore ad avoiders left?

    • Bryan

      They don’t want anyone to leave!

  • QOTW – Kindle in Motion might make a splash in middle-grade and kids ebooks, and the technology could get much better. Plenty of people purportedly poo pooed preliminary pop-up books when the pilots were published.

    • Bryan

      Ooh, I like it as a way to get kids more into reading. Cool idea.

  • Kindle in motion- As a reader, I don’t need the distractions (or a 400mb file!). But my kids would love the distractions. Imagine what the wild rumpus could look like…

    As an children’s author, I’ve been putting animations, narration, music and interactive elements in my kids books using epub3. But I’ve been limited to iBooks. So I’m looking forwards to when Amazon opens this up to indies.

    • Bryan

      I wonder if those file sizes are really going to cut down royalties for those involved. Hadn’t thought about that, E.B.!

  • Laura Martone

    That’s a puzzling question. Given my background in film and literature, I obviously LOVE the idea of Kindle in Motion – blending words with images and “moving pictures” – and like you, Bryan, I was long ago fascinated by the animated newspapers and photographs in the magical world of Harry Potter. So, this intrigues me for sure. But, given the extra work required – and the extra storage space required on readers’ Kindles – I don’t believe it will be “the next big thing” in the publishing world. Just a bonus for those writers and readers who can afford the time, money, and space involved.

    • Bryan

      Sometimes, we bring the stumpers!

  • Tom H

    I love the idea. I think this might be the first step towards “what’s next.”

    I’m not too worried about file size, I have a 200 gig SD Card in my tablet, bring on the content!

    • Bryan

      Nice, Tom. Smart to have all that extra storage :).

  • Daniel Martone

    I love the idea of creating true multi-media experiences, but… it will take a serious shift in streaming/compression technology combined with more affordable data plans. On device storage is already achievable, but the size of the Kindle in Motion productions definitely puts up a serious roadblock since more and more people are relying on their data plans for internet access. If one production eats up 20% of your data plan, you probably won’t purchase it.

  • Craig A. Price Jr.

    If you want to take a look at an Indie Bookstore that is working, there’s one near me:


    Coffee shop, bar, and author signings several times a week. They are always busy. And if you guys ever come here to check it out, let me know so I can come meet you. :p

    • Bryan

      Cool, thanks for the link, Craig. Would love to visit :).

  • ilisa

    I have been listening to these podcasts backwards starting at 156. Bryan’s wife gets less pregnant with each episode.

    • Bryan

      Haha. I’m sure at multiple points during the pregnancy she would’ve wished to go backwards ;).