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Amazon to Allow Kindle Fire Users to Pay to Block Ads

In an apparent switch in its pricing policy, Amazon said over the weekend that it would allow users of its new Kindle Fire tablet to pay to turn off ads as it had done with earlier devices.

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Amazon announces new Kindles

Amazon announced three new Kindle Fire tablets and three new e-ink Kindles today.
Two of the e-ink models have a built in screen light.

Here are some articles:

1) Kindle Paperwhite Hands On: What a Beautiful Screen (Gizmodo)

2) Amazon Showcases New Kindle Tablets; Shares Hit All-Time Highs (WSJ)

3) Amazon answers glowing Nook with Kindle Paperwhite (dvice)

4) Amazon introduces larger, cheaper Kindle tablets (USA Today)

Amazon Glacier Cheap Data Archiving and Backup

A newish service from Amazon that might be useful to more than a few folks around here: Amazon Glacier

Amazon Glacier is an extremely low-cost storage service that provides secure and durable storage for data archiving and backup. In order to keep costs low, Amazon Glacier is optimized for data that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable. With Amazon Glacier, customers can reliably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month, a significant savings compared to on-premises solutions.

Amazon forces Unglue.it to Suspend Crowdfunding for Creative Commons eBooks

Amazon forces Unglue.it to Suspend Crowdfunding for Creative Commons eBooks
Amazon Payments has informed us that they will no longer process pledge payments for Unglue.it, forcing us to suspend all active ungluing campaigns. According to a Senior Account Manager at Amazon, Amazon has decided against “boarding fresh crowdfunding accounts at this time”. Amazon has been providing payment services for Unglue.it, as it does for the popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter.

Did Google create Library Project to crush Amazon?


After years of battling
, the fight between Google and the Authors Guild is finally coming to a head, and the Guild has just presented a key piece of evidence, showing what Google’s intentions may have been all along, and possibly blowing up Google's entire case.

Amazon news

Amazon made a profit of 7 million on revenues of 12 billion.
Article in the NYT: Amazon Delivers on Revenue but Not on Profit

In other news Jeff Bezos donated 2.5 million in support of same sex marriage. Article in the NYT: Amazon’s Founder Pledges $2.5 Million in Support of Same-Sex Marriage

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Amazon’s markup of digital delivery to indie authors is ~129,000%

Amazon’s markup of digital delivery to indie authors is ~129,000%

This post is about the where the sales of the book are coming from, and why Amazon takes 48% of digital book sales. Surprising eh? I thought Amazon was the BEST for indie authors, right? We will get into that later.

The book had a great launch, even getting to the #1 Hot Releases spot for Amazon.com for the travel section.

How Amazon is changing the rules for books and movies

The online retail giant is tapping its huge customer base and vast technical underpinnings to reshape the way books, movies, and television programs are made.

More than any other company, Amazon is driving the evolution of the book publishing world. With its various imprints, Amazon is publishing books that it will also sell. And the Kindle gives the company a retail store in the home of every consumer who owns one.

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The Greatest Threat to Amazon May Just Be Libraries

The Greatest Threat to Amazon May Just Be Libraries
Instead of turning the members of its community away for an eBook that is already borrowed, the library is ideally situated to sell them the eBook they wished to read, right when they wished to read it. There is nothing stopping a library from becoming an eBookseller. This capability is available from all of the major library solution suppliers who are equally well versed in eBook technologies and the publisher-required DRM necessary for them to be sold directly to consumers.

Don't Believe the eBook Monopoly Ploy

Don't believe all that hype about government interference that is designed to foster an Amazon monopoly of the ebook business. What the six major publishers were alleged to have done was collude in fixing prices that, if true, was a desperate act that they must have known would fall afoul of anti-trust laws.

The new ploy by book publishers is to characterize Amazon as a monopoly poised to take over and dictate terms and run rampant over those who create ebook content. That is like saying Starbucks is a monopoly because it currently dominates the coffee retail business.

Full article -- Huff Post

After the online takedown over 'After Friday Night Lights'

After the online takedown over "After Friday Night Lights"
Then, suddenly, as of last Tuesday, it wasn't on Amazon anymore. Byliner had removed it. The company said in a statement that it would repost After Friday Night Lights on Tuesday at the original $2.99.

Why did it get taken down in the first place? Why did it lose a precious week aboard Amazon, the world's biggest e-books store?

Because the big dogs are scrapping over the e-book market. Amazon is the biggest seller in that market. Apple is massive, too, but wants to be bigger; it's long been upset with the way Amazon discounts prices on e-books (see below).

The e-book wars: Who is less evil, Amazon or book publishers?

Article discussing agency, Amazon, and publishers.

Full article: The e-book wars: Who is less evil, Amazon or book publishers?

Article was mentioned in this article: Who Cares If Amazon Becomes an E-book Monopoly?

Amazon CloudSearch: fully-managed search service in the cloud

Amazon CloudSearch (beta)
Amazon CloudSearch is a fully-managed search service in the cloud that allows customers to easily integrate fast and highly scalable search functionality into their applications. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, developers simply create a search domain, upload the data they want to make searchable to Amazon CloudSearch, and the service then automatically provisions the technology resources required and deploys a highly tuned search index.

Amazon CloudSearch seamlessly scales as the amount of searchable data increases or as the query rate changes, and developers can change search parameters, fine tune search relevance, and apply new settings at any time without having to upload the data again.

Amazon CloudSearch enables customers to offload the administrative burden of operating and scaling a search platform. Customers don't have to worry about hardware provisioning, data partitioning, or software patches. Amazon CloudSearch offers low, pay-as-you-go pricing with no up-front expenses or long-term commitments.

Amazon's $1 million secret

Amazon’s $1 million secret
At a time when independent publishing is struggling to survive, in part due to the influence of Amazon, recipients say that these grants offer crucial — if ironic — life support. Sometimes the grants pad out thin margins of survival, and make it possible for worthy programs to maintain their tiny staffs. And there’s no question the grants support legitimately important work: Literature in translation, international poetry, smart criticism, youth literacy efforts.

“It’s the bully on the playground handing you a lollipop,” says Shirin Yim Bridges, publisher of Goosebottom Books in San Francisco, which has not received a grant from Amazon. “I mean, what do you do?”

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Interesting posts at Teleread

Author faces six figure legal bill after unfavourable Amazon reviews case is struck out

Author faces six figure legal bill after unfavourable Amazon reviews case is struck out
An author who tried to sue a father of three from the West Midlands over comments made in a series of unfavourable reviews on Amazon is facing a six figure legal bill after a judge struck out his case.

The judge ruled that although a small portion of Mr Jones’ words might be deemed libellous by a jury if it went to a full trial, there was little point pursuing that avenue because the potential damages would be slight compared to court costs and time.

Amazon, B&N make concessions for Potter ebooks

Amazon.com Inc and Barnes & Noble Inc unveiled Harry Potter e-books on Tuesday in deals that suggest the companies made big concessions with author J.K. Rowling for electronic access to the hit series.

Amazon said it struck a distribution deal with J.K. Rowling's new website pottermore.com.

Amazon customers can search for the Harry Potter e-books in the company's Kindle Store, but will be directed to the Pottermore Shop to register and buy them, then add the titles to their Kindle library, the company said.

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Commentary by publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin about Amazon not being able to sell Potter ebooks directly.

What Did Amazon Ever Do For Us?

What Did Amazon Ever Do For Us?

We don't aim to list the errors or poor presentation issues we saw but clearly there is a huge gap the approach to selling and the perception of what the consumer may want to know. Amazon were the only ones to list all the renditions (ebook,hardback etc) on the same page and link to these individual options. They were the only ones to give us a sample of the book and even a promotional video. They, as you would expect won on price, but also clearly stated the RRP, saving and sale price. There was even disparity between the various offers as to what the ebook RRP actually is, which in the eyes of a consumer may be very confusing. Within seconds we had it downloaded our copy.

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Will Kindle's Free Samples Change the Structures of Plots?

Search-engine optimization reshaped the craft of a good headline. Will Amazon's book promotions have a similar effect on novels?

Full piece at The Atlantic

Amazon buys robot army

If you think independent bookstores hated and feared Amazon yesterday you might want to check with them today. Amazon has just purchased a robot army. See this news story for details.

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