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Group seeks Amazon boycott over sales tax fight

A coalition of nonprofit groups is calling on customers of Amazon.com Inc. to cancel their accounts unless the Internet retailer stops resisting a California law that requires more online retailers to charge a state sales tax.

The nonprofits along with several state lawmakers Monday called on Amazon to "stop cheating California" by trying to repeal the law through a ballot referendum.

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Amazon Cracks Down on Some E-Book ‘Publishers’

Amazon seems to be cranking down on duplicative e-book publishing.

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http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/08/12/amazon-cracks-down-on-some-e-book-publishers/?ref=t...

Amazon launches Kindle Cloud Reader

Amazon today launched a Web-based Kindle reading app that works on Google's Chrome browser and Apple's Safari browser.

Kindle Cloud Reader uses the HTML5 web standard to let you read books from your Kindle library both online or offline. In its announcement, Amazon says no installation is required. But in trying out the reader on Chrome, I did have to click a few times in a process that basically lets it show up as an app.

See: http://usat.ly/qRRmVp

Amazon Alters Rules for Kindles in School Libraries / Link corrected

From School Library Journal.

Amazon has apparently created new rules governing the use of its Kindle ereader in school libraries. The website of the ecommerce giant states that content cannot be loaded across multiple devices at one time, and an Amazon rep told at least one school librarian, Buffy Hamilton, that ebooks cannot be ported to more than one device. Amazon also requires that each Kindle be tethered to its own account.

If permanent, the new rules could hamper the use of Kindles in school libraries, where ebooks, up until now, have typically been shared among up to six devices and having to manage content on each single device would be impractical.

Although Amazon would not confirm the new rules despite several emails and phone calls from School Library Journal, a "School FAQ" on Amazon's site reads: "At present, it is not possible to load content across multiple independent devices at one time; this must be done on each device separately."

900 Kindle books on sale

Through July 27 Amazon has 900 books Kindle books for sale from .99 - $3.99

See: http://amzn.to/nYtb6H

Amazon announces textbook rentals for the Kindle platform

Amazon just issued a press release announcing the opening of their Kindle Textbooks store. Titles will be available to rent for periods from 30 days to 360 days, and students can increase the rental period in increments as small as one day, or purchase (license) the book outright at any point.

See: http://www.teleread.com/amazon/amazon-announces-textbook-rentals-for-the-kindle-platform/

Who Ate My Amazon Account?

Some nefarious, unauthorized person "may have" accessed Joseph's Amazon account. If you're thinking, "So what? it's just an e-commerce account," note that he not only owns a Kindle and many annotated books for it, but has also now lost his purchase history and his wish list. Sure, Amazon has offered him a gift card to re-purchase the books he lost, but he's not really keen to trust the company again.

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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

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