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A weekly podcast about the Kindle and eBooks with in-depth conversations with guests--authors, technology experts, book industry analysts, Amazon execs, educators, agents, readers, and more.

The Kindle Chronicles Len Edgerly

    • Technology
    • 4.9 • 104 Ratings

A weekly podcast about the Kindle and eBooks with in-depth conversations with guests--authors, technology experts, book industry analysts, Amazon execs, educators, agents, readers, and more.

    TKC 718 Thought Partner at SXSW

    TKC 718 Thought Partner at SXSW

    In this special episode of The Kindle Chronicles, my guest is ChatGPT. I had no idea I could use OpenAI's revolutionary AI assistant as a Thought Partner. That's how Peter Deng, OpenAI's head of ChatGPT uses the tool he leads. 
    So, on a tight deadline this morning at the Hampton Inn Capitol/University, I put together an "interview" with ChatGPT and recorded it. I left the gaps where my Thought Partner (TP) was thinking, illustrated on my iPhone as a cloud pulsing, so you will hear how long TP took to come up with pretty amazing answers.
    SXSW is going to make Peter's talk available on demand, but it's not up yet. I highly recommend that you watch it if you get the chance. He discusses safety issues, OpenAI's chaotic leadership crisis last year, and many other topics. John Constine of SignalFire, a venture capital firm, did an outstanding job peppering Deng with questions and then summarizing the entire one-hour conversation at the end. 
    I took notes in a Substack draft post using Vision Pro during the keynote. I plan to tidy them up and send them out, perhaps during my layover at DFW. 
    This was my best South By ever, after nearly 15 years of covering the event. I hope you enjoy the show!
     

    • 33 min
    TKC 717 Nyckle Sijtsma

    TKC 717 Nyckle Sijtsma

     At left, Founder of New Things Lab
    I spoke by Zoom today with Nyckle Sijtsma in Delft, Netherlands, about his inspiring design company. I discovered New Things via an Instagram ad for the Memo White Board, a product I truly love. You will hear all about it in this conversation, along with Nyckle's personal mission to "help people think clearly." 
    Links:
    The Memo White Board, $69
    My YouTube video demonstrating the Memo - February 27, 2024
    YouTube video of this interview
    Right-click here to open and save the audio file for this episode.
     
     

    • 44 min
    TKC 716 Matt Gallagher

    TKC 716 Matt Gallagher

               
                                   Author of Daybreak: A Novel
    I spoke with Matt Gallagher by Zoom on February 8, 2024, in advance of the release of his new novel, which was released by Simon & Schuster on February 20.
    It's a powerful story set in Ukraine at the start of a war that continues into its third year. 
    Highly recommended!
     

    • 34 min
    TKC 715 Dwight Garner

    TKC 715 Dwight Garner

    Author of Upstairs Delicatessen: 
    On Eating, Reading, Reading About Eating,
    and Eating While Reading 
    Photo by Richard Bowditch
    YouTube video of the interview
    Links
    “Inside the NYT Book Review: Pamela Paul & Dwight Garner” (YouTube)
    Garner’s Quotations: A Modern Miscellany by Dwight Garner (2020)
    Dwight Garner’s book reviews in The New York Times
    To the Finland Station: A Study in the Acting and Writing of History (FSG) Classics by Edmund Wilson
    “A Book Critic as Wild for Food as He Is for Literature” by Jennifer Reese at The New York Times Book Review - October 24, 2023
    Film reviews in The New Yorker by Anthony Lane
    Politics columns by Maureen Dowd in The New York Times
    Books by Cree LeFavour at Amazon.com
    “Jayne Anne Phillips Finds Anguish and Asylum in Civil War America” by Dwight Garner at The New York Times - September 23, 2023
    Machine Dreams by Jayne Anne Phillips (Buy This Book!)
    Joni Mitchell - Blue (Full Album) at YouTube
    Joni Mitchell Court and Spark album Part 1 and Part 2 (YouTube)
    Books at Amazon.com by Sheila Heti, Otessa Moshfegh and Catherine Lacey
    “Review: ‘Martial Bliss,’ a Loving Memoir About a Bookstore for Military Buffs” by Dwight Garner at The New York Times - July 30, 2015
    Martial Bliss: The Story of The Military Bookman by Margaretta Barton Colt (not available on Kindle)
    Columns by William F. Buckley Jr. published in National Review
    Kindle Scribe
    Books at Amazon.com by the poets Kay Ryan, August Kleinzahler, Louise Glück, and James Fenton
    “Hunger games: A New York critic’s gluttony for books and food” by Adam Begley at the Times Literary Supplement (TLS) - November 3, 2023
    If you’d like brief updates on technology, books, marriage, and puppies, you can follow along with my Morning Journal flash briefing. From your Echo device, just say, “Alexa, enable Morning Journal.” Then each morning say, “Alexa, flash briefing?” I post a five-minute audio journal each weekday except usually by 10 a.m. Eastern Time. 
    Right-click here and then click "Save Link As..." to download the audio to your computer, phone, or MP3 player.
     

    • 39 min
    TKC 714 Neil deGrasse Tyson

    TKC 714 Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Author of To Infinity and Beyond: A Journey of Cosmic Discovery
    Links
    Neil deGrasse Tyson’s website
    Neil deGrasse Tyson on The Late Show with Steven Colbert (2023)
    Carl Sagan on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson - March 2, 1978 (YouTube)
    StarTalk Media Network
    Hayden Planetarium
    “Shot in the Arm,” a documentary scheduled for release in November, with Neil deGrasse Tyson as Executive Director
    If you’d like brief updates on technology, books, marriage, and puppies, you can follow along with my Morning Journal flash briefing. From your Echo device, just say, “Alexa, enable Morning Journal.” Then each morning say, “Alexa, flash briefing?” I post a five-minute audio journal each weekday except usually by 10 a.m. Eastern Time. 
    Right-click here and then click "Save Link As..." to download the audio to your computer, phone, or MP3 player.
     

    • 38 min
    TKC 713 Neil deGrasse Tyson Interview Lost in a Black Hole

    TKC 713 Neil deGrasse Tyson Interview Lost in a Black Hole

    Podcaster doing back flip into a black hole after
    interviewing Neil deGrasse Tyson, author of
    To Infinity and Beyond: A Journey of Cosmic Discovery
    Links
    Neil deGrasse Tyson’s website
    Neil deGrasse Tyson on The Late Show with Steven Colbert (2023)
    Carl Sagan on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson - March 2, 1978 (YouTube)
    Note: To find out what really happened to the lost interview, be sure to download the NEXT episode of The Kindle Chronicles, coming to the nets later tonight. 
    If you’d like brief updates on technology, books, marriage, and puppies, you can follow along with my Morning Journal flash briefing. From your Echo device, just say, “Alexa, enable Morning Journal.” Then each morning say, “Alexa, flash briefing?” I post a five-minute audio journal each weekday except usually by 10 a.m. Eastern Time. 
    Right-click here and then click "Save Link As..." to download the audio to your computer, phone, or MP3 player.
    (Graphic for this episode created by Len Edgerly with OpenAI's DALL-E 2)
     

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

NisseNisse77 ,

My favorite podcast!

I absolutely love this podcast. Len is so insightful. I definitely recommend listening in on his podcast as well as his YouTube channel. Thanks to his expertise on all things kindle, I upgraded to a kindle paperwhite last year. I had my kindle keyboard since 2007 when I was 12 years old. It’s been a journey to go from my beloved paperbacks to my favorite ebooks.

fairbrooks ,

Always Interesting

I’ve been listening to Len’s podcast for years now. It’s always an interesting show, and his interviewing skills have only gotten better. In particular, his most recent interview with James McQuivey is just excellent. Mr. McQuivey has always been one of my favorite guests on Len’s podcast, but this last interview may be my favorite. Well worth your time.

DebbieJRT ,

Great podcast!

I've been listening for a few years. Len has an avid curiousity about Amazon, the Kindle, ebooks and personal electronics, in general. This isn't a very 'techie' podcast. Len makes the subject very approachable. Good interviews. I also find Len's voice very pleasant to listen to. It may be a personal peeve, but if I can't abide the speaker's voice, I find it very hard to listen to the podcast, even if I'm very interested in the subject! Keep up the good work.

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