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Amazon Takes On California

Amazon has an ambitious and far-reaching new agenda: it wants to rewrite tax policy for the Internet era.

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Amazon Buys U.K. Online Bookseller

Amazon.com Inc. agreed to buy U.K.-based online book retailer Book Depository International for an undisclosed sum.

Amazon's move to buy Book Depository came six months after the U.S. company acquired European movie-rental site Lovefilm International Ltd.

Book Depository's founder, Andrew Crawford, said in a prepared statement Monday that his company looks "forward to continuing our growth and providing an ever-improving service for readers globally" with Amazon's support.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304760604576425752950867920.html#ixzz1RCisjBip

Shatzkin comments on this Amazon acquisition.

Amazon Sunshine Deals

Amazon is having a sale on 600 Kindle books through June 15. The books are price from $0.99 to $2.99.
You can see them here.

A few selections:

Write Great Fiction - Plot & Structure $1.99

Young Men and Fire $1.99

If a Pirate I Must Be...: The True Story of Black Bart, King of the Caribbean Pirates $1.99 -- Read More

Amazon Removes Some Explicit Yaoi Manga from Kindle Store

From Publisher's Weekly

Amazon has removed several yaoi manga from its Kindle Store and refused to allow others to be offered for Kindle, although the bookseller continues to sell the same manga in print and to offer more explicit erotic books in both formats. Yaoi manga, also known as boys-love or BL, is a popular niche genre in manga that features love stories between two males and can range from softly romantic to sexually explicit.

The manga publisher Digital Manga Publishing announced on its blog Tuesday that two of its books had been removed from the Kindle Store and two more were rejected, and the website The Yaoi Review also reported that several Yaoi Press manga and novels had been removed. At least one non-yaoi erotic graphic novel has also been removed from the Kindle Store this week. Amazon representatives contacted by PW did not answer e-mails or phone calls requesting more information.

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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.

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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

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