Amazon's latest antitrust foe: Libraries

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 10/25/2019 - 13:03

Driving the news: The American Library Association said libraries are struggling to acquire ebooks because of an "abuse of market power by dominant firms," as part of a report for the House Judiciary Committee's digital markets investigation that was made public Thursday.…

Amazon caught selling counterfeits of publisher’s computer books—again

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 02/14/2019 - 12:15
Amazon markets the service to publishers as a way to have "100 percent availability of books" internationally, and the company has enrolled a number of publishers. The problem is that Amazon apparently doesn't police whether book content uploaded to CreateSpace actually belongs to the person doing the uploading.

The populism of Amazon’s real-world bookstores

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 11/21/2017 - 18:35
Walking around, I half-expected to see SQL queries accompanying some of the displays — “SELECT * FROM books WHERE rating > 4.8 AND pub_year = 2017 ORDER BY number_sold”. Amazon definitely needs to figure out how to get a little weird into their stores, a little of the human touch. Toning down the data talk would help. A more casual typeface might work too — not Comic Sans but perhaps something at least approaching handwritten? They’ve got so so much data about how people buy books…they just need to be more clever about how they slice and dice it.

How Amazon’s team of old-school book reviewers influences what we read

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 07/04/2016 - 07:33
In a company driven by engineers and run by algorithms and metrics, Amazon’s small group of book editors is an anomaly of sorts. But through the Amazon Book Review and other methods, it’s trying to build Amazon’s presence and influence in the world of literary culture.
From How Amazon’s team of old-school book reviewers influences what we read | The Seattle Times

Chill. It’s Not Books vs. Amazon. You Can Have Both!

Submitted by Pete on Thu, 04/14/2016 - 10:20
According to Wired, books, and bookstores, can coexist with the dominant e-tailer Amazon just fine thank you.

"Print books have persisted, but ebooks are not going away. Amazon is powerful, but physical bookstores are still here. The book is not immune to the powerful digital forces that have re-shaped so much of the rest of the world. At the same time, books have been able to resist the forces of change because books really are different."

Amazon Books to open at UTC mall in La Jolla CA this summer

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 03/08/2016 - 15:44

Amazon will open its second physical bookstore, appropriately named Amazon Books, this summer at Westfield UTC mall, according to new signage posted in front of the e-commerce company’s future brick-and-mortar location.

From Amazon Books to open at UTC mall in La Jolla this summer |

What Does It Take To Be A “Bestselling Author”? $3 and 5 Minutes

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 02/25/2016 - 16:20

Gone are the days of having to be selected to put out a book. Gone are the days of having to go to a bookstore to see what is available. Now you can check online, with real time reviews, AND, real time “bestseller” rankings. It’s unsurprising that as the barriers to entry for the book business went down, so did the quality of the books being produced. These days, over one million books are published each year, with at least half of these self-published. So it’s almost obvious that, given the volume, you could game your way to the top of a category with very few sales. And yet, in spite of the fact that it’s as easy as I’ve shown to become an Amazon best-seller, those same people get to cash in on the goodwill and prestige build up in the title “bestselling author.” 

From What Does It Take To Be A “Bestselling Author”? $3 and 5 Minutes. | Observer

A Review of the Amazon Books Store

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 02/10/2016 - 10:49

In conclusion, I see a couple of strategic advantages in Amazon Books. Such stores offer to, what Apple Stores provide to Namely a showroom where customers can try products such as Amazon Echo, Kindle Fire, Fire TV, and whatever new products they might produce in the future.

From A Review of the Amazon Books Store

Amazon Books should be the future of brick-and-mortar retail chains

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 11/27/2015 - 10:35

But that might be what it takes for these stores to thrive. What happens when Amazon slowly but surely competes more and more with physical locations? The company’s already expanding its grocery business, for instance, and is reducing the amount of time it takes to ship items to customers with multiple services. Amazon Books — if it’s successful — could easily become an Amazon Market. There are other advantages, too. If an item on the shelf is sold out, retail stores could provide incentives for people to pull out their phones and have the item shipped to their home later on.