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Bezos hints at Amazon tablet in interview

For months we've been talking about the impending arrival of an Amazon Android tablet and Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos didn't quite let the cat out of the bag--but he came close.

In an interview with Consumer Reports, when asked about the possibility of Amazon doing a tablet, he replied, "stay tuned."

Bezos also said that if Amazon were to do a tablet, it wouldn't replace the Kindle but be sold alongside it. That seems rather obvious, but that he was even talking hypothetically about such a scenario strongly indicates that a tablet is coming; it's only a matter of when, what size it will be, and how much it will cost.

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/bezos-hints-at-amazon-tablet-in-interview/8301-17938_105-20062358-1.htm...

The Amazon Kindle Swindle - Authors: People Are Stealing Your Work!

My long-time friend and fellow book author, Ernie Zelinski, alerted me to the Amazon Kindle Swindle - where Amazon.com is making out like a bandit! And providing no relief to book authors whose works are being stolen - and resold by Amazon.com.

It's time to sue Amazon.com! Book authors of the world unite! There's a real case for a class action lawsuit here. Read on . . .

Did you know that your copyrighted work (which took you months or years to write) might right now be sitting on Amazon.com and being sold as a Kindle ebook by some charlatan - and may be sold under your name! But the money is going to someone named Mingfeng Lai or other aliases.

And, worse, Amazon is doing nothing about it but pocketing the money from such sales!

Full piece:
http://blog.bookmarket.com/2010/05/amazon-kindle-swindle-authors-people.html

Amazon’s Success Explained

Click over to TechCrunch to check out an amazing slide show put together by the consulting firm faberNovel that offers an incredibly detailed look at how Amazon came to dominate e-commerce, expanding from an online bookseller to a household name synonymous with buying stuff on the Internet.

http://blogs.publishersweekly.com/blogs/PWxyz/?p=5220

Huge numbers

Headline: Kindle to Generate $5.42 bln Revenue in 2011 for Amazon

If I had to guess how much revenue was generated I might have said 1 or 2 billion and thought that was a massive number. Would have had to double the guess and add another billion. The $5 bln is revenue and the article says that profit is more than $1 billion.

Full article

Maybe no silver lining in the cloud today

A number of well-known Web sites and online services were completely unavailable earlier today due to problems with Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) and Amazon Web Services.

Foursquare, Reddit, Hootsuite, and Quora were among the largest and most visible sites affected.

Full article:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2383910,00.asp

Amazon to Allow Library Lending of Kindle Books (Updated)

New program will integrate with all existing ebook catalogs offered through OverDrive

Library patrons across the United States will soon be able to borrow ebooks from over 11,000 libraries using Amazon's Kindle reading device.

Long a missing link in the library lending chain, Amazon's announcement today that it will offer, sometime later this year, Kindle library lending is likely to create a flood of demand, since many patrons have long been puzzled and librarians irritated by the inability to use the market-leading device to access library books.

(UPDATE) "It is going to be a seamless experience, that's all I can say at this point," Burleigh said in a subsequent interview. "As we develp the process we will give demos but that won't be for a while, but every ebook in the library's collection will be deliverable in the Kindle format [AZW] so libraries won't need to add a new format. ..These are Kindle ebooks and they are in the Kindle format that will be delivered directly to the Kindle reading device or the app," he said.

Full article at:LibraryJournal.com

Amazon to Launch Library Lending for Kindle Books

Amazon to Launch Library Lending for Kindle Books
Amazon today announced Kindle Library Lending, a new feature launching later this year that will allow Kindle customers to borrow Kindle books from over 11,000 libraries in the United States. Kindle Library Lending will be available for all generations of Kindle devices and free Kindle reading apps.

"We're excited that millions of Kindle customers will be able to borrow Kindle books from their local libraries," said Jay Marine, Director, Amazon Kindle. "Customers tell us they love Kindle for its Pearl e-ink display that is easy to read even in bright sunlight, up to a month of battery life, and Whispersync technology that synchronizes notes, highlights and last page read between their Kindle and free Kindle apps."

You will NOT lose your Kindle back issues when you cancel a subscription: Gizmodo is wrong!

I keep seeing the Gizmodo article picked up around the web – that is the one that incorrectly says that you will lose your Kindle back issues of a magazine if you cancel your subscription. This is just wrong and is an example of one of the downsides of the web – it perpetuates and spreads misinformation.

Full article at Teleread

Amazon underbidder on frontlist auction

Amazon underbidder on frontlist auction

Amazon has emerged as the surprise underbidder on a multi-million dollar auction for a self-published author, the first time the retailer is believed to have bid on frontlist.

Full article here.

Publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin comments on the article.

Release Dates and Double Standards

New York Times: To publicize the release of “The Pale King,” a posthumously published novel by David Foster Wallace that is set in an Internal Revenue Service processing center, Hachette Book Group created a marketing campaign centered on the traditional tax day: April 15. Except that’s not really when it went on sale.

Amazon and Barnes & Noble were selling the book on their Web sites on Wednesday, long before many bookstores would receive copies. Nicole Dewey, a spokeswoman for Little, Brown, part of Hachette, said the official on-sale date for the book was March 22, but the publication date — when the book is available everywhere — remained April 15. (A countdown clock on the Hachette Web site ticks away the days, hours and minutes until April 15.) “I don’t really understand the confusion,” Ms. Dewey said. “This happens all the time. There’s nothing unusual about it.”

It was a distinction lost on many bookstores, who erupted in protest on Wednesday when they heard that Amazon was already selling the hotly anticipated book. -- Read More

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