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In the Frontmatter podcast, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp interviews authors and special guests about their areas of expertise, from data science to founding startups, and talks with them about their careers, their books, and their experiences as writers.

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In the Frontmatter podcast, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp interviews authors and special guests about their areas of expertise, from data science to founding startups, and talks with them about their careers, their books, and their experiences as writers.

    Special Guest: Mark Coker, Founder of Smashwords

    Special Guest: Mark Coker, Founder of Smashwords

    Mark Coker is the founder of Smashwords, the world's largest distributor of indie ebooks. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Mark about his background, how he got his start in PR, working with companies during periods of huge growth, what it takes to run a successful startup, his experience co-authoring a novel, the history of self-publishing, his motivation for setting up Smashwords and his passion for book publishing, and building Smashwords into the biggest distributor of independent ebooks in the world.

    This interview was recorded on January 22, 2020.

    The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM142-Mark-Coker-2020-01-22.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137.

    This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Ken Buckler, Author of Hacking of the Free: Understanding Digital Threats to Democracy in the 21st Century

    Ken Buckler, Author of Hacking of the Free: Understanding Digital Threats to Democracy in the 21st Century

    Ken Buckler is the author of the Leanpub book Hacking of the Free: Understanding Digital Threats to Democracy in the 21st Century. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Ken about his background, his first experience with a computer and his early development of an interest in cybersecurity, the importance of privacy when it comes to technology, the relationship between cyber attacks and social engineering, the vulnerabilities of voting machines in the United States, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author.

    This interview was recorded on January 20, 2020.

    The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM141-Ken-Buckler-2020-01-20.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137.

    This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Special Guest: Marshall Poe, Founder of the New Books Network

    Special Guest: Marshall Poe, Founder of the New Books Network

    Marshall Poe is the founder of the New Books Network and author of How to Read a History Book: The Hidden History Of History. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Marshall about his background, how he got interested in Russian history, the development of the academic study of history in the United States and its German roots, Wikipedia and the collaborative nature of knowledge, and the creation and success of the New Books Network.

    This interview was recorded on December 12, 2019.

    The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM140-Marshallt-Poe-2019-12-12.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137.

    This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.

    • 58 min
    Nicholas Russo, Author of Fifty Pieces of Gold: An Engineer's Musings on Business and Life

    Nicholas Russo, Author of Fifty Pieces of Gold: An Engineer's Musings on Business and Life

    Nicholas Russo is the author of the Leanpub book Fifty Pieces of Gold: An Engineer's Musings on Business and Life. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Nick about what he's been up to since he last appeared on the podcast, becoming a father, getting into the challenging work of making technical training videos for some of the world's top training video providers, starting his own business, about his latest book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author.

    This interview was recorded on December 10, 2019.

    The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM139-Nicholas-Russo-2019-12-10.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137.

    This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Aaron Sumner, Author of Everyday Rails Testing with RSpec

    Aaron Sumner, Author of Everyday Rails Testing with RSpec

    Aaron Sumner is the author of the Leanpub book Everyday Rails Testing with RSpec: A practical approach to test-driven development. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Aaron about his background, how he got into programming, the nature and importance of software testing, the origin of his blog, his book, getting your book translated, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author.

    This interview was recorded on November 26, 2019.

    The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM138-Aaron-Sumner-2019-11-26.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137.

    This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.

    • 57 min
    Tom Hombergs, Author of Get Your Hands Dirty on Clean Architecture

    Tom Hombergs, Author of Get Your Hands Dirty on Clean Architecture

    Tom Hombergs is the author of the Leanpub book Get Your Hands Dirty on Clean Architecture: A Hands-on Guide to Creating Clean Web Applications with Code Examples in Java. In this interview, Leanpub co-founder Len Epp talks with Tom about his background, how he got into programming, the value of doing a year abroad in high school, switching jobs and moving to Australia, software architecture, his book, and at the end, they talk a little bit about his experience as a self-published author.

    This interview was recorded on November 20, 2019.

    The full audio for the interview is here: https://s3.amazonaws.com/leanpub_podcasts/FM137-Tom-Hombergs-2019-11-20.mp3. You can subscribe to the Frontmatter podcast in iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137 or add the podcast URL directly here: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/leanpub-podcast/id517117137.

    This interview has been edited for conciseness and clarity.

    • 44 min

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