Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

President Barack Obama: The Kindle Singles Interview (Vanity re free ebook)
Amazon.com ^ | unknown | Vanity about David Blum's book

Posted on 07/31/2013 12:34:40 PM PDT by ransomnote

This is the text description of the free ebook on Amazon: Publication Date: July 31, 2013 In this Kindle Singles Interview, President Barack Obama decried the "change in culture" that has changed our view of the American Dream. "There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous," the President said. "Kids weren’t monitoring everyday what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success." He addressed the jobs issue from a personal perspective, reflecting on how his own life might have been different had he not experienced success in politics. "I could picture myself being a good teacher," the President mused.

In the interview, which took place on July 30, 2013, at an Amazon facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Obama discussed the increasing need for government programs that can actually make a difference. Sticking close to his standard message, he spoke frankly about the increasing polarization of American politics since the Great Recession and Republican Party intransigence over his agenda. On a personal note, he reflected that he and First Lady Michelle Obama are constantly reminding their daughters of the “slightly unreal environment that they’re in,” as children of privilege in a world constrained by unemployment and recession.

The interview was conducted by David Blum. Blum works for Amazon as the editor of Kindle Singles. He began his career as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and has been the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice, the New York Press and 02138 Magazine. He was previously a writer and editor at The New York Times Magazine, and a contributing editor at New York and Esquire magazines. He has written two books: "Flash in the Pan: The Life and Death of an American Restaurant"

(Excerpt) Read more at amazon.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: amazon; davidblum; kindle; kindlesingles; obama; obamaeconomyspeech; obamaspeech
In the language of ebooks, a Kindle Single is not book length but is instead a short topic and is formatted for Amazon's ereader. What caught my eye is the ratings - more negative than positive ratings. 5 star 15 4 star 4 3 star 1 2 star 0 1 star 27

Each of those ratings has review text. Here's an example of a one star review of the book: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1X0R0B2XX9LYQ/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00E86ENEQ&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag= I believe review text is property of Amazon so I didn't post it here. One negative review asks where the jobs are and some commented on that review with "Ask the Republicans who keep blocking everything he tries to do. Some refer to him as the Butcher of Benghazi and another The Lecturer in Chief. A leftie laments he is evil and might as well be a Republican for the harm he's done. One review is titled: Unless it's titled "Obama's Apology to the Middle Class," then you can jam it.

WEll the left always says that Republicans are not interested in working at Universities etc. (whilst smiling to indicate that the right is comprised of unthinking knuckle draggers) but so far it seems that the right is a little more comfortable with Amazon ebooks or the ratings would be blowing the other way. I am sure someone will post it on DU and send others over there to register and vote on the book. I am just baffled that anyone thought it would be a good idea. FREE.

Oh and I see a possible replacement for the old adage "drinking the Koolaide" in this comment "When someone has to resort to partisan name calling.. "right winger". its a sign you overdosed on the purple drank"

1 posted on 07/31/2013 12:34:41 PM PDT by ransomnote
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: ransomnote

For what it’s worth, some of the reviews are bashing Amazon for distributing propaganda or behaving in a biased way. For the most part, this isn’t true. Anyone of any political persuasion can upload a kindle ebook and distribute it for free. However, Amazon features this book on it’s home page - gives it prominent space and perhaps that’s what some of the comments are lamenting. An anti-Obama book would not have the upper left quadrant of the home page as advertising unless it was “not divisive” and a top selling book in the news.


2 posted on 07/31/2013 12:39:51 PM PDT by ransomnote
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ransomnote

In the time I took to post, the ratings have changed. 18 5-star reviews versus 48 1-star reviews. I doubt the numbers mean much because Media will take up the gauntlet and drive up voters to positively review the book. I wonder whose decision it was to advertise the book on the front page - I actually don’t know if that is paid ad space.


3 posted on 07/31/2013 12:42:11 PM PDT by ransomnote
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: ransomnote

Apparently the person who uploaded the interview is an Amazon employee in charge of Kindle Singles (short ebooks)?

And here is the glowering photo used on the cover of the book (give it a moment to load after it goes to the book page)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0023RT022/ref=cm_cd_asin_lnk#reader_B0023RT022


4 posted on 07/31/2013 12:47:29 PM PDT by ransomnote
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: ransomnote

I got an email from Amazon a little while ago pushing this book. I deleted it as fast as I could since ATT is acting up today.


5 posted on 07/31/2013 12:59:37 PM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ransomnote

Hussein is an pathological egomaniac.

Truly demented.


6 posted on 07/31/2013 2:08:22 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ransomnote

Amazon doesn’t want an IRS audit. ;-)


7 posted on 07/31/2013 2:14:05 PM PDT by rhoda_penmark
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson